Toronto police searching gardens for victims of alleged serial killer

Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga says McArthur has now also been charged in the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick.

The officer said dismembered remains were found hidden in the bottom of large planters in gardens McArthur had worked on.

The formal identification of the remains is pending DNA testing. "I'd call it an unprecedented type of investigation", Idsinga said.

A woman who lives in a lowrise apartment building beside the house where the remains were recovered said McArthur was house-sitting for the owner and was often seen gardening or laying out plants in the driveway.

"We have seized quite a few planters from around the city and we will continue to do that".

Idsinga acknowledged that it's fair to characterize the string of murders as a serial killing.

Mahmudi was reported missing by family in Scarborough in August 2015, police said, adding that like Lisowick, he does not fit the profile of the missing from Project Houston: men of Middle Eastern descent who spent time in the gay village.

Lisowick was never reported missing, but Idsinga said it's believed he was killed at the age of 47, sometime between May of 2016 and July of 2017.

Lisowick was known to have used the city's shelter system.

The 49-year-old Toronto man was a subject of Project Prism, and police said that he had a sexual relationship with McArthur.

Police have interviewed McArthur, whom they said became a person of interest last September, but refused to comment on what he might have told them.

"We do believe there are more". Here is a glance at the alleged victims.

Bruce McArthur was charged earlier this month with the murders of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who were both reported missing from Toronto's gay village area at different times previous year.

"It encompasses more than the gay community".

Toronto has never seen anything like this.

Police are now looking at disappearances from at least as far back as 2010.

Three of those charges are linked to men who frequented Toronto's Gay Village neighbourhood. Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, were also sought as part of the investigation, and have not been found.

January 18, 2018 - McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. He was handed a two-year conditional sentence in 2003 and ordered to receive counselling.