Suspected Toronto serial killer charged with 8th murder

Toronto police to offer update on McArthur murder case

Toronto police to offer update on McArthur murder case

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder, with Toronto police saying an worldwide agency helped them identify the new victim.

At a Monday morning press conference, Det-Sgt Hank Idsinga said Kanagaratnam, 37, moved to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010 and had been living in Scarborough. He was seen in a photo recovered as part of the investigation into McArthur and then shared with reporters in the hopes of uncovering his identity.

Police said it was rare for them to release a photo of a potential victim, but they said "good feedback" from the public - including more than 500 tips - helped them identify the man.

McArthur has so far been charged with the murders of eight men between 2010 and 2017.

The 66-year-old former landscaper is already facing seven charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of men linked to Toronto's gay community.

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.


To date, the remains of Majeed Kayhan have never been identified. Police have not released a cause of death for any of the men.

Police say they plan to investigate at least 70 more properties where McArthur is believed to have worked starting next month, and also remain on the scene of McArthur's east-Toronto apartment. It was not immediately clear whether he had been reported missing in Sri Lanka, where his immediate family lives.

Police have said that McArthur had some sort of relationship with each of his victims, some of which were sexual.

Police believe Lisowick, of no fixed address, was killed in April 2016. Detectives have said Lisowick didn't fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent.

There is now no evidence to connect the cases to McArthur, but Idsinga has said he "wouldn't be surprised" if he is linked to more killings.

Police said there are now no known links between Kanagaratnam and the "Gay Village" of Toronto which other victims are known to have visited. Police said an unnamed global agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a dead man in a plea for public help.

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