Police news event to update serial killings investigation

by Antonio Miles March 8, 2018, 1:54
Police news event to update serial killings investigation

A caution, police have taken a highly unusual step releasing a photo of a corpse hoping to identify a man who is believed to be a murder victim.

The victims now known to police are Andrew Kinsman, 49, who had a long-term sexual relationship with McArthur; Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, who went missing in 2010; and Soroush Mahmudi, 50, whose disappearance was reported nearly three years ago.

"I do not want to release this picture and I'm doing so as a last resort".

Forensic pathologists have struggled to identify the remaining four sets of remains and determine the cause of death in each instance, according to Idsinga.

"If anyone knew before us, it's people who knew [McArthur] very, very well", Saunders told The Globe and Mail.

Investigators have not identified the seventh body, but did release the photograph of a man they believe could be a victim of McArthur's.

Police have said the man was dead when the picture was taken, but won't say when or how they obtained the image.

"I've never done this and I do it with great hesitation", Idsinga said. "It's obviously a key piece of evidence that we have that we are releasing, but we do feel that by releasing we will identify him and close off that area of investigation".

Idsinga would not comment on those claims.

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McArthur, 66, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men who vanished from the city's Gay Village, the earliest of whom vanished in 2010.

Sources told 680 NEWS investigators have found photos of eight possible victims on McArthur's computer.

Only three of the bodies have been officially identified - Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navarantnam, 40.

But the circumstances behind the oddly angled full-face photo of a bearded man with his eyes partially closed were unclear. "We've gone through fingerprints and dental records and we're now into the DNA process".

His case is due back in court March 14.

On Feb. 23, McArthur was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Navaratnam.

Also on Monday, March, 5, Toronto police said a seventh set of remains found inside planters on at a home on Mallory Crescent in Toronto, a property that is linked to McArthur. That charge followed five others in connection with the disappearances of Kinsman and Mahmudi, as well as Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, 47.

McArthur was further charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam late last month. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga, lead investigator in the case. He was accused of murdering several people and burying their remains inside large planters on the properties where he worked, according to The Guardian.

Navaratnam's disappearance was one of three cases included in a Toronto police task force dubbed Project Houston.

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