Bruce McArthur faces eighth murder charge; alleged victim from Sri Lanka

Bruce McArthur faces eighth murder charge; alleged victim from Sri Lanka

Bruce McArthur faces eighth murder charge; alleged victim from Sri Lanka

Toronto police detective Hank Idsinga said on Monday that Kanagaratnam's direct family, who live in Sri Lanka, were informed over the weekend of his death.

Police said they found the remains of at least some of the men in planters at a residence where McArthur, 66, provided landscaping services and stored some of his equipment.

The victim is originally from Sri Lanka, but had been living in Scarborough since 2010.

He added that the photos police released in March and earlier in April helped them identify this victim.

Police allege Kanagaratnam, 37, was killed sometime between September 3 and December 14, 2015, but Idsinga would not elaborate on what brought them to that conclusion.

Those cold cases fit the general profile of the first seven alleged victims, Idsinga said, but acknowledged that police will be casting a "wide open net". The identification of Kanagaratnam was confirmed with assistance from an worldwide government agency, Idsinga said. "But unfortunately now he is not with us", the man said.

Suspected Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur.

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McArthur is now charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. The dismembered remains of all the victims - except for Majeed Kayhan - were found in them. As of this morning, he has been charged in the death of an eighth man, whose remains were previously unidentified.

Last week, McArthur was charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared from the gay village in 2010.

"We have lots of searches left to do as the weather gets warmer", Idsinga said.

McArthur worked as a landscaper and reportedly hid the remains of some of his alleged victims in flowerpots at a property that he did work for. He was seen in a photo recovered as part of the investigation into McArthur and then shared with reporters in the hopes of uncovering his identity.

He has no immediate family in Canada and was never reported as missing.

Police are investigating unsolved murders that date back to 1975 which may be linked to the former landscaper.

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