Seventh set of remains linked to alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur

  • Seventh set of remains linked to alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur

Seventh set of remains linked to alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur

Idsinga previously said about 20 planters were seized from properties across the city as part of the investigation.

"We've shown this picture to several people and we don't know who this gentleman is", Idsinga said.

A picture of an what investigators believe is an unidentified victim was also released.

Idsinga said he was releasing the image of the John Doe because they had not yet found anyone who knew him.

Idsinga was tight-lipped on where - or how - investigators came into possession of the gruesome photo released Monday. "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".

Police have said the investigation into McArthur could last years, saying they are tracing the former landscaper's whereabouts as far back as they can go.

McArthur was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Esen and Kinsman on January 18.

Bruce McArthur's alleged victims (clockwise from top left) Selim Esen, Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed "Hamid" Kayhan, Dean Lisowick and Soroush Mahmudi.

Dozens of officers have now been assigned to the investigation, which Idsinga has said has expanded to include "hundreds of outstanding missing person cases", old murders and some "sudden deaths".

Police identified three sets of remains that were found in large planters at a home where McArthur did gardening work in Toronto as those of Kinsman, Mahmudi, Navaratnam.

The other four sets of remains are still unidentified, officials said.

Pollanen explained the different methods being used to identified the remains including DNA, dental and finger prints. Numerous other alleged victims frequented the "Gay Village" area of Toronto where police believe they met McArthur through gay dating apps, CBC reports.

Investigators working on the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur released a photo of a dead man Monday, a rare move Toronto police hope will help identify someone they believe to be another victim of the 66-year-old landscaper facing six murder charges.

Det-Sgt Hank Idsinga is seen walking back to a Police Command Vehicle after briefing the media at a Toronto property where alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur worked, Thursday, February 8, 2018.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release information ahead of a news conference set for 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Since McArthur's arrest on January 18, he has been charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Skandaraj Navaratnam.

McArthur was further charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam late last month.