Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Toronto police to offer update on McArthur murder case

Toronto Police say Bruce McArthur right has now been charged in the murder of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam left Toronto police to offer update on McArthur murder case
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 23:21

Many of McArthur's alleged victims were the subjects of two previous police probes into the disappearances of men from the city's gay village.

Mr. Kanagaratnam, who was 37 when he is believed to have been killed, did not have direct family in Canada and had not been reported missing, Det.

Kanagratnam is the second alleged victim of McArthur's who was an immigrant from Sri Lanka.

Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.

Kanagaratnam's remains were identified as being among at least seven bodies found in large planters at a property where McArthur, a landscaper, stored equipment.

McArthur was previously charged in the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Police were able to identify Kanagaratnam after taking what Idsinga called a "last resort" and releasing a photo where he appeared to be dead.

Idsinga said the identification was confirmed with the assistance of an worldwide government agency.

Idsinga revealed few other details about Kanagaratnam other than to say he arrived in Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010, lived in the east Toronto suburb of Scarborough, and was never formally reported missing in Canada despite having distant relatives in the Greater Toronto Area.

Idsinga thanked those who have come forward and provided tips and encouraged anyone who has not heard from police, or who has information about McArthur, to contact investigators.

"I think we've all seen in the media so-called experts who tell us that serial killers don't start in their late 50s and their 60s", Idsinga said.

Last month, Toronto police released a photo of a bearded man who they believed was a deceased victim of McArthur and asked for help identifying him.

Police believe Kanagaratnam was killed between September 3 and December 14, 2015.

McArthur, 66, was first arrested in January on murder charges.

He also acknowledged the work of the officers on Project Prism. Police plan to search them once the weather warms in early May.

Toronto police will be providing another update this morning on the investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur.