Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

Toronto police to provide update on Bruce McArthur investigation Monday
Bruce McArthur charged with eighth first-degree murder after police take rare step of releasing photo of dead victim

18 April, 2018

In this artist's sketch, alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur makes an appearance via video in a Toronto courtroom, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Police identified the man Monday as Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who had moved from Sri Lanka to Canada in 2010.

Kanagaratnam was among at least seven bodies which were found at a home in Toronto where McArthur stored some of his landscaping equipment.

Idsinga said Kanagaratnam, 37, arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was not on file as missing.

Last month, Toronto police released a photo of a bearded man who they believed was a deceased victim of McArthur and asked for help identifying him.

Police allege Kanagaratnam, 37, was killed sometime between September 3 and December 14, 2015, but Idsinga would not elaborate on what brought them to that conclusion.

Idsinga said investigators confirmed his identity with the help of an "international agency" but wouldn't expand on that. "But unfortunately now he is not with us", the man said.

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McArthur is also accused of murdering Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Mahmudi, Lisowick, Kayhan, Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Bruce McArthur has officially been charged with 8 murders now. Police have not released a cause of death for any of the men. Still, they drew up a missing person poster around the same time that police believe he was killed and shared it on social media.

He has no immediate family in Canada and was never reported as missing.

McArthur worked as a landscaper and reportedly hid the remains of some of his alleged victims in flowerpots at a property that he did work for. McArthur came to the police's attention in the fall of 2017 as part of that probe.

The sprawling police investigation, which Idsinga has previously described as unprecedented in size and scope, is now also scrutinizing 15 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997.

To date, the remains of Majeed Kayhan have never been identified.

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

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