Canadian landscaper charged with eighth murder

The list of murder charges against an alleged serial killer continue to grow.

On Monday, April 16, 2018, Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga, Toronto Police Homicide, announced an update in the investigation of Bruce McArthur.

The remains of all but Kayhan were found in planters at the home of one of McArthur's landscaping clients, Idsinga said, adding Kayhan's remains have yet to be identified. He said Kanagaratnam arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was not on file as missing in Canada.

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.

Police say there are no links between Kanagaratnam and "Gay Village" of Toronto.

Police said there are now no known links between Kanagaratnam and the "Gay Village" of Toronto which other victims are known to have visited.

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

Bruce McArthur
Bruce McArthur Source

"He doesn't quite fit the profile of what we've seen before", Idsinga said.

McArthur made a brief video court appearance on Monday to hear the new murder charge. The body of the 8th victim has never been found. In February, he was charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.

Last week, McArthur was charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared from the gay village in 2010. Still, they drew up a missing person poster around the same time that police believe he was killed and shared it on social media.

Kayhan's remains have not yet been found.

Idsinga said Kanagaratnam, who was identified with the help of an unnamed global agency, was allegedly killed between September and December 2015.

Police have said they plan to search at least 70 more properties where they believe McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, worked. Police have said he was never reported missing and unlike McArthur's other alleged victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear ties to the LGBTQ community.

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