Toronto police found additional human remains almost every day after resuming a search of a property linked to suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur, according to police.
“We did recover human remains virtually every day we were there,” said police spokesperson Meaghan Gray, about the search that spanned from July 4 to Friday.
Officers had been examining a property in Toronto’s Mallory Crescent neighborhood, which was linked to McArthur, who faces eight counts of murder.
Gray could not confirm the number of remains found or if those remains were that of one person or more. The discovered items have been sent to Ontario’s Forensic Pathology Services.
The property was first searched earlier this year, leading to the discovery of the remains of seven men, found in planters seized from the home, police said.
A Toronto-area landscaper has been charged with three additional counts of First-Degree Murder after dismembered remains of three men were discovered at property associated with his work, Toronto Police Service Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga said at a press conference Monday morning.
The remains were found in large planters at the backyard of a residential property, according to Idsinga.
Bruce McArthur, 66, was previously arrested January 18 for his role in the deaths of two other men, Idsinga said. Police are still searching two locations associated with McArthur and have identified approximately 30 Toronto properties where he did landscaping work. ??We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we are working to recover,” Idsinga said.
After detailing the grisly findings in Monday’s press conference, Idsinga said it is now fair to characterize McArthur an alleged serial killer. The five victims have been identified as Majeed Kayhan, 58; Dean Lisowick, 47; Soroush Marmudi, 50; Selim Esen, 44 and Andrew Kinsman, 49, according to Toronto Police Service. Idsinga said TPS has also confiscated over a dozen planters from various addresses around the city of Toronto which are now part of the ongoing investigation.
After conducting the search during the cold winter months, police returned to the site again under warmer conditions, CNN partner CTV News reported.
Police said McArthur, who was arrested in January, buried his victims’ body parts in potted plants on properties where he worked as a self-employed landscaper. In April, authorities found the dismembered body of an eighth victim, a Sri Lankan native, in a potted plant connected to McArthur.
McArthur had some sort of relationship with each of his victims, some of which were sexual, according to police.