GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING, CONTAINS PHOTO OF DEAD BODY.
Human remains of a seventh victim have been found as part of the investigation of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, according to Toronto police.
Police held a press conference Monday morning to provide updates on the case.
Sgt. Frank Idsinga took to the podium to announce that the remains of a seventh victim have been found but police have yet to identify the man. As a “last resort” attempt to get any information on the victim, police decided to release a photo to the public.
“The release of evidence by the Toronto police service has to strike a balance between the public’s interest and the fair court process due to Mr. McArthur. We’ve solved man crimes through the release of evidence to the media. today, we are going to be releasing a photograph of an individual who we believe is an unidentified victim of Mr. McArthur,” said Idsinga.
Idsinga gave a warning before showing the photo of the suspected victim. The warning came because police say they believe the person in the photo is dead.
Police were not able to say where they obtained the photo but that it was found during their investigation.
Dr. Michael Pollanen, chief forensic pathologist on the case provided information of how his team is working to identify the victims.
“This particular case has challenged the Ontario forensic pathology service. We have used a multidisciplinary approach to try and find the truth behind what’s happened,” Pollanen said.
Isinga says they currently have four sets of remains that they are trying to identify.
The remains were found in planters seized by police from a midtown property where McArthur reportedly worked as a landscaper.
So far, the 66-year-old has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam. All six men had disappeared from, or had ties to Toronto’s Gay Village.