McArthur facing 6th murder charge as cops identify more remains
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 24, 2018,
Feb 24, 2018, 4:57
Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga will be holding a news conference at police headquarters at 10:45 a.m.
Toronto Police launched an investigation in December 2012, dubbed Project Houston, to probe the three disappearances but concluded the effort after 18 months without success.
Police have only confirmed the identity of one of the victims, Andrew Kinsman.
Toronto police said during an update earlier this month, the remains of at least six people were recovered at a property on Mallory Crescent, where McArthur performed landscaping work and stored supplies, as part of the investigation into McArthur.
The case has evolved with police now looking at "hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences" and even "occurrences where there's been a sudden death".
Police charged Mr McArthur with first degree murder in late January in connection to the disappearance of Kinsman and Selim Esen.
He added that police are tracing McArthur's whereabouts "as far back as we can go".
"I believe we have evidence on how some of them may have been killed".
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Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.
The 58-year-old Toronto man was reported missing in October 2012.
In 2017, the disappearances of Kinsman and Esen drew fresh outcry from the community.
While the details of the case against McArthur are "disturbing" and "shocking" to family members of the missing men, Idsinga said some of them have been able to draw some comfort from having answers to questions that have lingered for years.
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. There are also "two or three" other properties linked to McArthur that Idsinga said he's "interested" in.
"It brings them some peace and some closure", he said.
Court documents also indicate McArthur was convicted of assault with a weapon for attacking a man with a metal pipe in 2001.