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Canada Bruce McArthur case lead detective to provide update on new search effort

16:56  05 july  2018
16:56  05 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Police today continue their second search of a north Toronto property where the remains of seven men allegedly killed by Bruce McArthur were found in garden planters earlier this year.

Investigators initiated another search effort at the home in the leafy Leaside neighbourhood this week after canine units intimated in May that more human remains may be located at the site. 

On Wednesday, police were seen loading black bags, filled with items collected in a forested ravine area at the back of the property, into a coroner's van parked outside the home.

A police spokesperson said the bag contained "items of interest" to investigators, but that no more details will be provided until the coroner has completed testing on the contents of the bags. 

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Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga, the lead investigator, is set to provide an update on the renewed excavation effort this morning at around 9:30 a.m. ET.

McArthur, 66, worked as a landscaper at the home on Mallory Crescent. After his arrest in January, police discovered the dismembered remains of seven men hidden in large planters throughout the property. 

The alleged serial killer has since been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held at the Toronto South Detention Centre. 

Idsinga told CBC News that he hopes to find the remains of Majeed Kayhan — the only one of the eight men McArthur is accused of killing for which no remains have been found. Idsinga said police are prepared for the possibility that new victims could be found at the site, as well. 

Psych report on alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur indicated 'no signs of psychopathy'

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George Winston making a face for the camera: McArthur is accused of killing these eight men. Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58. © CBC/Toronto Police Service McArthur is accused of killing these eight men. Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.

Police resume digging at Mallory Cres. home linked to Bruce McArthur .
Toronto police returned Tuesday to a Leaside property linked to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, resuming their digging for more human remains. Last week, police launched a second, more extensive investigation at a Mallory Cres. home where McArthur had done some landscaping work, and found more human remains in a ravine behind the property on the first day. More remains were found Thursday, the second day of their search. A post-mortemToronto police returned Tuesday to a Leaside property linked to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, resuming their digging for more human remains.

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