Latest murder charge involves 40-year-old Skanda Navaratnam, who went missing in 2010
Toronto: Canadian police charged an alleged serial killer on Friday with another murder, bringing the total to six.
Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains of three of the six victims have been identified, and said he believed more charges will be added.
The remains were found at a property that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business.
The latest murder charge involves 40-year-old Skanda Navaratnam, who went missing in 2010. Friends said McArthur employed and had a sexual relationship with Navaratnam, who was last seen in 2010 leaving Zipperz, a now-closed gay bar. McArthur’s Facebook profile showed he was friends with Navaratnam.
McArthur was arrested on January 18. on two counts of murder in connection with the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, 49, and Selim Esen, 44, who were last seen in 2017 in a Toronto neighborhood known as the Gay Village. Police identified Kinsman’s remains through fingerprints.
Not long after his arrest, McArthur was charged with the murders of three more men: Soroush Marmudi, Majeed Kayhan and Dead Lisowick.
Little is known about Marmudi, a 50-year-old reported missing by his family in 2015. Kayhan was a 58-year-old Afghan immigrant who was reported missing by his son in 2012, and Dead Lisowick was a homeless prostitute in his mid-40s.
Police said they identified the remains of Marmudi and Navaratnam, who was a refugee from Sri Lanka, through dental records. They believe there are multiple murder scenes, including McArthur’s apartment.
All of the remains so far were found in planters at the home McArthur used for storage. A search of planters seized from other properties around the city turned up no additional remains, said Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.
However, Idsinga said investigators are very interested in at least two other properties in the Greater Toronto Area.
“We do believe we have multiple murder scenes,” he said, including McArthur’s apartment, which police have been investigating for a month.
Police are also looking at unsolved murder cases and missing person cases to determine if there are connections to McArthur and are running down tips that have come in from around the world.
“There’s hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences that we’re looking at,” Idsinga said. “We are tracing his whereabouts as far back as we can go.”
The 66-year-old McArthur is believed to have met his victims in the Gay Village and on gay dating apps for older and large men.
Edward Royle, a lawyer for McArthur, has declined to comment on the case.
Navaratnam’s disappearance was originally investigated as part of Project Houston, a police task force looking for him and two other men who went missing between 2010 and 2012: Kayhan and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42.
Police have interviewed some of McArthur’s past known associates, but Idsinga said evidence unearthed so far indicates he acted alone.