Toronto Police: Remains of 6 Found in Planters


The remains of at least six people have been found in planters at a Leaside property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, police say. Police confirmed on Thursday that some of the remains retrieved from the residential property were Kinsman's. Both men went missing from Toronto's gay village in 2017.

Idsinga added he expects the excavation in the backyard to last for 10 days, depending on weather conditions and it's unclear how deep police will dig. He said he believed there was more than one location where the landscaper allegedly killed his victims. They haven't determined yet if they are the same men or other people. As the investigation widens, detectives have already visited at least 30 other properties in the city where McArthur was known to have worked.

The excavation of a property on Mallory Crescent in Toronto, where police now say that a total of six sets of remains have been found in planters, will begin Friday, Gray said. Authorities have seized planters from other properties but have not yet discovered whether they contain any human remains. The two-story home sits across from a park and next to small apartment buildings in an upscale neighborhood.

Idsinga said the investigation, which he previously described as unprecedented in scope, is proceeding on multiple fronts.

Investigators also looked into several other properties McArthur is "closely associated" to, Gray said.

"We're going through computers, we're going through cellphones, we're going through online applications and different apps", he said.

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The Ministry of the Attorney General said McArthur's lawyer is Jeffery Couse.

McArthur is due in Toronto provincial criminal court on February 14. He has yet to enter a plea.

Late last month, police laid three more first-degree murder charges against McArthur related to the disappearances of Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50, as well as the death of Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44, who had never been reported missing.

Lisowick reportedly lived in homeless shelters and was not reported missing. Kinsman, 49, went missing last June and Esen, 44, was reported missing last April.

Once police are finished with the evidence so far, Idsigna said they will re-examine "literally hundreds" of missing persons cases in search of potential links to McArthur.

They have also erected a large tent in the backyard.