Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

The complex investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur took another twist on Monday as Toronto police laid an eighth murder charge related to the death of a man who bucked the primary trend in the case. The remains of seven others have also been found in large planters at the home.

Idsinga said Kanagaratnam, 37, arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was not on file as missing.

After receiving assistance from an unnamed worldwide government agency, Idsinga said police were able to identify the victim.

"We have a lot of searches still to do", he said. Idsinga said identification was confirmed with assistance of an global government agency.

Police believe Kanagaratnam was killed between September 3 and December 14, 2015.

Idsinga said investigators confirmed his identity with the help of an "international agency" but wouldn't expand on that.

In March, police released the photograph of an unidentified deceased man as part of the investigation into the accused killer in the hopes a member of the public could help in his identification.

It remains unclear how the man was identified or where he was from.

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

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He emphasized, however, that police have not uncovered any evidence to suggest that McArthur's alleged killing spree began before 2010 when Navaratnam is believed to have died.

Police believe Lisowick, of no fixed address, was killed in April 2016.

The 49-year-old from Toronto was reported missing from the gay village in late June 2017. Kinsman's sisters said they searched for their brother for six months before police eventually charged McArthur in his death.

McArthur made a brief video court appearance on Monday to hear the new murder charge. He had no direct family in Canada and was never reported missing. Investigators say the 42-year-old was last seen in Toronto's gay village.

His remains were identified as one of at least seven dismembered bodies found in plant pots on a midtown Toronto property linked to Mr McArthur.

The first probe - named Project Houston - was launched in 2012 to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Kayhan and Navaratnam.

So far, all of the eight suspected victims except Kanagaratnam had ties to the city's Gay Village.

"The identification was confirmed with the assistance from an worldwide government agency", said Idsinga, though he would not provide further details.

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