Toronto police to provide update on McArthur investigation

Soroush Mahmudi
Soroush Mahmudi 50 lived in east Toronto. He was reported missing in 2015

Toronto Police have scheduled a news conference to update the media on the investigation into the 66-year-old self-employed landscaper and investigators wouldn't officially reveal any details on Thursday.

McArthur now faces five first-degree murder charges stemming from the disappearances of men linked to Toronto's LGBTQ community.

He says police still have to identify three sets of remains.

McArthur's alleged victims, from left to right: Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Andrew Kinsman and Majeed Kayhan.

February 8, 2018 - Police say they've recovered the remains of six people from planters at a house where McArthur worked as a landscaper, and say they expect to lay more charges.

"There's even some ... occurrences where there's been a sudden death that we're looking at", he said.

Toronto police to provide update on McArthur investigation

"I have no evidence that would tell me that anybody else was involved in this", he said.

Police have not said whether Mahmudi had any sort of relationship with McArthur.

Navaratnam, Kayhan and one other man were all reported missing from Toronto's gay village between 2010 and 2012, prompting calls for action from the community.

McArthur came under suspicion in September 2017 in connection with the disappearance of Kinsman, but police at first rejected suggestions that a serial killer was prowling Toronto's gay neighbourhood. He did announce that the force would review its practices in missing persons investigations. He said he expects that in warmer weather, they will return to the property at 53 Mallory Crescent to look for further remains on or in the thawed ground.

He said police have also identified at least two properties for potential excavation, but said forensic test results are needed before they can proceed. This brings to six the number of charges of the capital crime now attributed to the former landscape contractor.

Court documents also indicate McArthur was convicted of assault with a weapon for attacking a man with a metal pipe in 2001.

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