Bruce McArthur: suspected Canadian serial killer charged with eighth murder

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

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

Alleged Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur, who is accused of targeting men from Toronto's gay village, has been charged with an eighth murder, police announced on Monday.

Police say they plan to investigate at least 70 more properties where McArthur is believed to have worked starting next month, and also remain on the scene of McArthur's east-Toronto apartment.

Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.

"This does create basically a wide-open net", Idsinga said at a news conference.

"We have a lot of searches still to do", he said.

He was not on file as missing in Canada.

He said the man was identified through help from an unnamed worldwide agency as well as an unusual photograph police released last month. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga described as a "last resort" in hopes that a member of the public could identify the middle-aged bearded man to bring closure to his family and friends. The identification of Kanagaratnam was confirmed with assistance from an worldwide government agency, Idsinga said. He declined to say how the global agency contributed to the investigation or how Toronto police came by the photo in the first place.

A 66-year-old landscaper who was known in Toronto's Gay Village, Mr. McArthur was arrested in January, confirming years of community fears that a string of gay men who went missing in Toronto were victims of foul play.

Selim Esen, 44, Abdulbasir Faizi, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.

Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from garden planters at a home in central Toronto where McArthur kept his landscaping equipment. "We just don't know yet", Idsinga said previously.

In addition to the new avenues opened up by the discovery of Kanagaratnam's remains, police have also expanded the sprawling investigation decades into the past by examining some cold cases.

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

They identified the man on Thursday, but haven't yet released the name. McArthur came to the police's attention in the fall of 2017 as part of that probe.

In this artist's sketch, alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur makes an appearance via video in a Toronto courtroom, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

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