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TORONTO – Toronto police will provide an update on the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur this morning.

The 66-year-old former landscaper is facing seven charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of men linked to Toronto’s gay community.

On Friday, police announced that they have identified a dead man who is believed to be another alleged victim of McArthur.

Toronto police to offer update on McArthur murder case

Police released a photograph of the man on March 5, saying they believed he may be one of McArthur’s alleged victims.

Last month, investigators took the rare step of releasing an edited photo of an unidentified deceased man who police believe is one of McArthurs victims.

Toronto police to update McArthur investigation on Monday

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at the time that releasing the photo was a “last resort” to identify the man.

Lead investigator Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga will be on hand at todays update, which gets underway at Toronto police headquarters at 10:30 a.m.

More details on dead man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur serial murder case to be released today

The sprawling investigation into McArthur is probing cold cases that go as far back as 1975.

Thousands are still without power this morning after high winds and freezing rain hit Toronto and many parts of southern Ontario on Sunday.

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According to investigators, the men, who all had ties to Torontos LGBTQ2S community, were murdered between 2010 and 2017.

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I thought, Oh my God! Hows Bruce going to react to that? Theyve arrested somebody with the same name, he told the Toronto Star. More from PinkNews Stars You Didnt Know Were Gay Or Bisexual The Stars You Didnt Know Have An LGBT Sibling The Straight Stars Who Went Gay For Pay

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McArthur was also on multiple gay dating websites, like BearForest and DaddyHunt. Romantic at heart but dont let that scare you off, is a line he used on at least two websites, accompanied by several photos of himself smiling at different angles.

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Torontos Police Department has come under fire from local LGBT+ activists who believe authorities have failed in their quest to identity McArthur quickly, leading the force to cancel its application to march at the citys Pride parade.

Toronto police will provide another update into the ongoing investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

LGBT+ activists have been harshly critical of the polices actions, alleging that authorities did not take warnings from the community about the suspected murders seriously enough and calling for an urgent inquiry into the failings.

Last week, police added a seventh charge of first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared from Toronto’s gay village in 2010.

On Friday, police announced that a man believed to be another victim of McArthur had been identified.

As well more recent crimes dating back to the 2000s, Bruce McArthur – a landscape gardener – has also been potentially linked to killings in the 1970s, when there was a similar spate of disappearances that also went unsolved.

In early March, police released a photograph of a dead man believed to be another one of the McArthurs alleged victims, saying they needed help identifying the bearded middle-aged individual.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at the time that releasing the photo was a last resort. Investigators did not say when the photograph was taken or how investigators found it.

McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from the village in 2017. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.

At least seven sets of remains, including Faizis, have been recovered from planters located at a Toronto home where McArthur once worked as a landscaper, police have said.

Timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur

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