Toronto police set to update Bruce McArthur case

Toronto police set to update Bruce McArthur case

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur now faces a seventh first-degree murder charge in connection with the death Brampton's Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, who disappeared after leaving his Mississauga workplace in December 2010.

Many of McArthur's alleged victims were the subject of two previous police probes into the disappearances of men from the city's gay village. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances on their disappearances, police said.

The 66-year-old landscaper appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom this morning, where the new charge was announced.

Toronto police are expected to hold a news conference later today to provide an update on their investigation into McArthur.

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, is now accused of first degree murder in Kayhan, Navaratnam and Faizi's deaths. "At least one set of remains has yet to be identified and the remains of Majeed Kayhan have not been identified".

In the wake of escalating questions about the investigations into the disappearances of the missing people from Toronto's Gay Village, the Toronto police board voted unanimously last month to commission an external investigation into how the force conducts missing-persons probes.

August 2017 - Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman. McArthur was questioned around the time Toronto police launched Project Houston, sources have told the Star.

A relative who spoke with The Guardian under the condition of anonymity said she believes Faizi's remains have been found.

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Court documents show police allege McArthur killed Faizi on or around December 29, 2010, in Toronto.

January 29, 2018 - McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick.

McArthur's next court date is April 25.

Idsinga says police are now re-examining 15 cold cases dating back as far as 1975 in their investigation.

Police have recovered the dismembered remains of seven people from planters found at a home in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked and stored equipment.

February 13, 2018 - Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up.

December 8, 2017 - Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations.

Earlier this year, investigators took the rare step of releasing a photo of a dead man they believe was murdered by McArthur in the hopes of identifying him.

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