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Toronto Police Expand McArthur Investigation

Toronto Police Expand McArthur Investigation

Police will be providing an update this afternoon on the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

The prosecution said in court Wednesday that McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi.

McArthur was arrested January 18 and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from the Gay Village in 2017.

As of Wednesday, authorities were still trying to identify some of the human remains found in planters at a Toronto property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business, according to the Associated Press.

Toronto police are expected to hold a news conference later today to provide an update on their investigation into McArthur. He has also been charged in the killings of Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan and Dean Lisowick.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, police suspect that McArthur was involved in the presumed death of a man who disappeared in 2013 while vacationing in Toronto.

Det-Sgt. Hank Idsinga says McArthur appeared in court by video this morning.

Last month Homicide detectives released a photo of an eighth potential victim in an effort to identify the unknown man.

Police officers suggested he had just left, the relative said.

Police believe Faizi knew McArthur prior to his death.

Idsinga said they are looking into another 15 other cold cases dating back to the 1975 but have not found a connection.

The 44-year-old Brampton man vanished in December 2010 and his vehicle was later found on Moore Ave - near Mount Pleasant Rd. and St. Clair Ave. E. They say he targeted men he met through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the Gay Village area of Toronto, as well as male prostitutes.

Idsinga said it's quite possible that the victim was not a resident of Toronto and that police were hoping to get tips to the man's identity from other countries as well.

Idsinga said Faisi, who was 42 when he disappeared on December 29, 2010, was one of the three men whose disappearances were linked through Project Houston, a task force launched by Toronto police in 2012, to look into the disappearances of the three men from Toronto's Gay Village. McArthur was questioned around the time Toronto police launched Project Houston, sources have told the Star.


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