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Madoc property connected to McArthur murder investigation

Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 6:43 pm EST

Toronto police forensic teams are at the scene of a rural property in Madoc and detectives have confirmed to CityNews it is one of five properties being searched in connection with the first-degree murder charges laid against Bruce McArthur.

McArthur, 66, is accused of murdering Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49.

People living in Madoc, a community approximately 220 kilometers north-east of Toronto, are shocked to learn the property is now at the centre of the murder investigation.

“At first it was really shocking and when we got home, found out what was happening, it was like oh my god,” said Joanne Irvine, who lives two homes way from the property.

Neighbours are wondering if the man who was often seen working in the garden is the same one accused of murdering two men.

Toronto police have been combing through the property for evidence since Thursday, when the two first-degree murder charges were laid against McArthur.

Police say McArthur ran his own landscape business.

“I’ve only always seen just kind of one person there… once the person moved in and the big truck pulled away I noticed instantly there was a lot of landscaping going on,” said Irvine.

Police have said the bodies of the missing men, Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, have never been found.