Canada 'serial killer' linked to five deaths, targeted gay men

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Bruce McArthur was charged earlier this month with the murders of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who were both reported missing from Toronto's gay village area at different times previous year.

Dismembered skeletal remains have been recovered from the bottom of large planter boxes at a home linked to an alleged serial killer who worked as a landscaper, Toronto police announced on Monday. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga said in a news conference this morning.

"The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this", Idsinga said. Kinsman, known to be active on social media, was last seen in the area of his residence on Winchester Street on June 26. Police says there are more remains to be recovered and they will expand their investigation outside of the Gay Village jurisdiction.

Following outcry from the gay community, police formed a task force named Project Prism to look into the disappearances.

Lisowick, 47, who police said lived in homeless shelters in Toronto, was never reported missing.

Police had investigated Kayhan's disappearance in 2012 as part of project that turned up the names of three missing men but concluded without any evidence they had met foul play.

"I'm not going to get into specifics about what their relationship was with Mr. McArthur at this time", Idsinga said after McArthur was charged with the murder of three more men.

'It encompasses more than the gay community.

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He added: "You have got to be a little bit careful on how you interpret the figures and the conclusions people draw from them". The borough was 98th in the country out of 152 local authorities, with an average progress 8 score of -0.12.

Idsinga said McArthur has now also been charged in the deaths of 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan, 50-year-old Soroush Marmudi and 47-year-old Dean Lisowick.

Police have not yet been able to confirm if all of the remains that were discovered belong to the victims who have been identified or belong to other unidentified victims. He could have dropped in more than that, for meals and things like that, but we have no records of that. Five months later, police charged McArthur with Esen's presumed death.

McArthur was not charged in those disappearances, but the investigations remain open. A large green tent set up by police on Friday at a Leaside home where McArthur is believed to have stored landscaping equipment.

A second new victim, Marmudi, was reported missing in Scarborough by his family in August 2015.

April 14, 2017 - Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto's Yonge and Bloor streets. "It's an alleged serial killer".

Police have linked five properties associated with McArthur.

Although McArthur had come under suspicion last September in connection with the disappearance of Kinsman, police rejected suggestions in December that a serial killer was prowling Toronto's gay neighborhood. McArthur's lawyer had no comment Monday after the accused appeared briefly in court before being remanded in custody.

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