The alleged Canadian serial killer accused of burying his victims in garden planters is now facing a seventh murder charge, prosecutors in Toronto announced Wednesday.
McArthur, wearing an orange prison jump suit, appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom Wednesday morning to be charged with first-degree murder in the case of Abdulbasir Faizi, an Afghan immigrant who went missing in 2010. He's accused of preying on men in the LGBTQ community who hung out in the downtown Gay Village.
Police have been trying to identify the remains of at least seven men found at a property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business and say he targeted men he met through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the "Gay Village" area of Toronto, as well as male prostitutes.
The early afternoon news conference is to provide "substantial" new information about the investigation into the Toronto landscaper.
McArthur was charged with an additional three counts of first-degree murder on January 29 for the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, believed to be 43 or 44. He's also been charged in the killings of Selim Esen, " Majeed Kayhan and Dean Lisowick.
Faizi's disappearance was being investigated by Toronto police in connection with the disappearance of Skandaraj Navaratnam and Majeed Kayhan, 58, under an investigation dubbed Project Houston. While he said there is no current evidence linking McArthur to the cold cases, they fit the general profile of the alleged victims identified to date.
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Police are hoping to link the unidentified remains to the dead man in the photo, but are also looking for additional tips, he said. "It didn't make sense that police had this theory that he ran away", she said.
They are also reviewing 15 unsolved murder investigations dating from 1975 to 1997.
Faizi's vehicle was found a short distance from the house McArthur used as storage.
Abdulbasir Faizi is shown in a Toronto Police Service handout photo.
The remains of Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi and Skandaraj Navaratnam had previously been identified, Idsinga said. Sgt. Hank Idsinga says releasing the image is a "last resort" to find the man's identity. McArthur was questioned around the time Toronto police launched Project Houston, sources have told the Star. The two middle-aged men were reported missing in 2017.
"We've quite frankly never seen anything like it", Idsinga said.