Police in Toronto made a disturbing discovery on Thursday recovering the remains of at least six people from flower planters that had been hidden at a home connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Lead investigator Detective St. Hank Idsinga said some of the remains have been identified as 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, who went missing in June and is believed to have had a sexual relationship with McArthur.
The 66-year-old landscaper was arrested and charged in January with the death of Kinsman, and four other men including Majeed Kayhan, 58; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; and Salim Esen, 44.
Police in Toronto discovered on Thursday the remains of at least six people at a home on Mallory Crescent in Toronto that is connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur
Police previously found remains at the home in January. This January 29, 2018 photo shows the discovery of dismembered skeletal remains in backyard planters
Investigators brought in Forensic anthropologist professor Kathy Gruspier (second from left) to help them find possible additional remains in the home’s backyard
The Toronto home belongs to Ron Smith and Karen Fraser (pictured). They let McArthur keep his landscaping equipment on the property in exchange for him doing free yard work
Police believe McArthur, who seemed to target Toronto’s ‘Gay Village’, could have more victims. More charges are expected to be filed.
Authorities said the remains found on Thursday were discovered at an elderly couple’s home on Mallory Crescent in the neighborhood of Leaside. McArthur had made a deal with the homeowners to let him store his landscaping equipment on their property behind their home in exchange for free yard work.
Investigators have checked at least 30 other places where the MacArthur was known to have worked, including some of Toronto’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Police said they expect to find more remains in the planters they’ve retrieved from around the city.
Idsinga said they have found about 15 planters now.
The couple who owns the home where the remains were found are allowed to return to the residence, but can’t go into their backyard as investigators excavate part of the lawn.
Police began investigating McArthur (pictured) in September following the disappearances. He was arrested in January and charged with their murders
The five victims, who disappeared between 2012 and 2017, most likely met McArthur either in Toronto’s gay village or on dating apps
The victims were identified as: (clockwise from left) Majeed Kayhan, 58; Dean Lisowick, 47; Soroush Marmudi, 50; Selim Esen, 44 and Andrew Kinsman, 49
Police believe McArthur may have additional victims. They searched 30 properties connected to him
Police set up heaters and a tent on the property to keep the ground from freezing in the cold temperatures. A forensic anthropologist has also been called to the property.
Earlier Thursday, investigators searched the inside of the home as well as the garage. Depending on what police find at the home will determine if they will excavate a second property connected to the suspected killer.
McArthur, police said, would flood his Facebook with pictures of his cats, his children and him dressed as Santa Claus. The professional landscaper, however, had a very dark and sinister side.
In 2001, he was banned from Toronto’s gay village for bludgeoning a man with a metal pipe. He was convicted on three counts, possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, and assault causing bodily harm in 2003.
McArthur was sentenced to two years less a day of a conditional sentence and three years probation. He was also banned and forbidden from consorting with male prostitutes.
Police began surveilling McArthur in September following the disappearance of several men from gay village, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.
When authorities saw a male ‘date’ enter McArthur’s high-rise apartment they kicked down the door and found the man had been tied to a bed, but was unharmed. Police said they found photos of McArthur’s alleged victims on his computer. Forensic investigators also believe they had discovered blood from at least four victims in the apartment as well.
Police said McArthur would flood his Facebook with photos of his children and grandchildren and pictures of him dressed up as Santa Claus (like the one above). He, however, had a dark side and was sentenced in 2013 for bludgeoning a man with a metal pipe
Investigators arrested McArthur after they saw a ‘date’ enter his high-rise apartment. When they entered the apartment the man was tied up on the bed, but uninjured
Investigators have not yet released complete details, but the 66-year-old McArthur is believed to have met his victims cruising around the city in the van he used for work and on gay dating apps such as ‘SilverDaddies’ and ‘Bear411.’
In his SilverDaddies profile, McArthur described himself as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 221 pounds and primarily interested in younger men. ‘I can be a bit shy until I get to know you, but am a romantic at heart,’ he wrote.
Edward Royle, a lawyer for McArthur, has declined comment on the case. McArthur is due back in court on February 14. He has yet to enter a plea.
Police will eventually look at hundreds of missing person cases and try to determine if they were victims of McArthur. They are also running down tips that have come in from around the world.
‘We are dealing with some agencies overseas,’ Idsinga said.