TORONTO (AP) — Toronto police said Tuesday they found no additional human remains in the backyard of a house where they earlier discovered planters containing the remains of six men, but say they still are hunting for more victims of a suspected serial killer.
Police spokesman Meaghan Gray said that investigators had finished their excavation of backyard at a home suspect Bruce McArthur had used to store items for his landscaping business.
“We did not locate any additional remains,” Gray said.
Gray said they will also search the main drain of the property for potential evidence.
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But she said police will primarily now focus on looking through planters found at that property and elsewhere around the city.
McArthur has been charged with the murders of five men, all connected with the city’s Gay Village district. Police say they expect to file more charges.
“We still have properties that we are searching, that long client list of Mr. McArthur’s that we are making our way through,” Gray said.
Authorities have checked at least 30 other places the landscaper was known to have worked, including some of Toronto’s wealthiest neighborhoods, and have collected at least 15 planters.
Police say they are thinking of excavating a second property in Toronto but have not yet made a decision on that.
Investigators say the 66-year-old McArthur is believed to have met his victims in Toronto’s Gay Village and on gay dating apps for older and large men with names such as “SilverDaddies” and “Bear411.” Edward Royle, a lawyer for McArthur, has declined comment on the case, which is due back in court on Wednesday. He has yet to enter a plea.
McArthur was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with two counts of murder in connection with the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, 49, and Selim Esen, 44, who were last seen in the Gay Village. Not long after that, he was charged with the murders of three more men: 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan, who went missing in 2012, 50-year-old Soroush Marmudi, who went missing in 2015, and Dean Lisowick, who went missing between May 2016 and July 2017.
Police said they will eventually look at hundreds of missing person cases and try to determine if they were victims of McArthur. They are also running down tips that have come in from around the world.