Bruce McArthur faces 8th murder charge; alleged victim from Sri Lanka

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

Toronto police are slated to release more details on the mystery man in a photograph found on alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's computer during their investigation Monday morning. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga, said was a "last resort" in hopes the public could identify the bearded man, who appeared to be middle age, to bring closure to his family and friends.

Kanagaratnam reportedly moved to Canada in 2010, he was originally from Sri Lanka.

An external review to be launched later this month will look into the way in which Toronto police investigated the missing men reports.

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.

Police say McArthur targeted men he encountered through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto's gay village in 2017. "The identification was confirmed with the assistance from an global government agency", he said but would not offer further details.

Like most of the other men the self-employed landscaper is believed to have slain, however, Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from planters at a central Toronto home where McArthur once worked.

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

"This doesn't quite fit the profile we have seen before...we don't know how he had contact with Bruce McArthur". McArthur, the source said, began to target men whom he had no links to and who fewer people would notice missing. "We've had lots of worldwide calls since our pleas began from people who just haven't seen family members in years".

The remains of all but Kayhan have been identified.

Idsinga has previously said that investigators are examining 15 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997. Police have not said whether Mahmudi had any sort of relationship with McArthur.

His remains were identified as one of at least seven dismembered bodies found in plant pots on a midtown Toronto property linked to Mr McArthur.

So far, all of the eight suspected victims except Kanagaratnam had ties to the city's Gay Village. It was not immediately clear whether he had been reported missing in Sri Lanka, where his immediate family lives.

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