Toronto investigators have charged Bruce McArthur with three additional counts of first-degree murder, and say more charges may be pending as they search large planters around the city for human remains. The new charges are in connection with the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.
Authorities told reporters on Monday that they have recovered the remains of three unidentified bodies from a property connected to McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper.
Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at a news conference today, “These remains have not yet been identified. ”
He said the remains were recovered from large planters at a residence McArthur is known to have used for storage.
They’ve been hidden in the bottoms of these planters,” Idsinga said.
Idsinga acknowledged that it’s fair to characterize the string of murders as a serial killing.
“It’s a serial killer – alleged serial killer.The City of Toronto has never seen anything like this.”
Kayhan, 58, had been among three missing men sought as part of the Toronto Police Service’s Project Houston, which was launched in 2012.Mahmudi, 50, was reported missing by his family in Scarborough in 2015.Lisowick was never reported missing, but Idsinga said it’s believed he was killed at the age of 47, sometime between May of 2016 and July of 2017.
He said, “He was an occupant of the shelter system in Toronto.”
Idsinga said McArthur is known to have worked at 30 different properties within Toronto. 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.
McArthur was charged on Jan. 18 in connection with the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49, and Selim Esen, 44, who went missing last summer from Toronto’s gay village. Their bodies have not been found.
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.
He said, “It certainly encompasses more than the gay community – it encompasses the city of Toronto,” he said.
Police are now looking at disappearances from at least as far back as 2010.