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Landscaper now facing five murder charges in case of missing gay men
February 21 2018, 05:34 | Irvin Gilbert
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Toronto police say a man they are calling an alleged serial killer is now facing five first-degree murder charges related to men who went missing in the city.
Self-employed Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur, 66, now faces five counts of first-degree murder. Some remains were contained in large large planters.
"He's an alleged serial killer and he's taken some steps to cover his tracks and we have to uncover these victims and identify these victims and hopefully get some closing news to the families of those victims".
Police in the Canadian city have said he has now also been charged with a further three first-degree murders - those of Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Marmudi, 50; and Dean Lisowick, 47, of no fixed address.
The deaths are tied to a series of missing-persons cases in Toronto's gay village.
One of the newly identified victims, Kayhan, was the subject of a previous probe into the disappearances of three middle-aged Muslim immigrants from the Gay Village area between 2010 and 2012.
Idsinga said the murders do not all fit a clear pattern, as not all of them are Middle Eastern or members of Toronto's gay community. Lisowisk, police say, was never reported missing. They are also two unidentified sites the police plan to excavate.
"We know that many in the community are struggling to understand and process these developments", Idsinga said.
Amid fears over the summer that police weren't taking these cases seriously, Richmond said the investigation into Kinsman's disappearance was in the process of "ramping up", and police were getting set to conduct another search of his apartment.
"The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this".
Members of Toronto's gay community were pushing for answers past year in light of the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at a news conference Monday.
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. Police believe he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.
He said: "We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we are working to recover". Police have contacted the owners of those properties and have searched the majority of them, but are encouraging others who may have employed him to contact investigators.
Kinsman was reported missing by a neighbor on June 28, 2017.