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Toronto police cadaver dogs to search dozens of properties connected to McArthur: report

Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 11:07 am EDT

Bruce McArthur, 66, was charged with first-degree murder in the case of two missing men on Jan. 18, 2018. Police laid three additional charges of first-degree murder against him on Jan. 29. HANDOUT/Facebook

Toronto police, with the help of cadaver dogs, are expected to be at dozens of potential crime scenes starting this week, as the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur continues.

With spring weather hitting the GTA, police will reportedly be able to excavate these potential crime scenes.

Homicide Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga told The Toronto Star the dogs will be looking for human remains or obvious signs of decomposition.

Police will be examining 75 properties, both private and public.

Isdinga said the potential crime scenes come from McArthur’s client list, and tips from the public.

McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, faces eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the disappearances of several men, most of whom had ties to Toronto’s gay village.

McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017.

Later that month, he was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was also charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.

In April police charged McArthur in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, who was reported missing in 2010, and days later charged McArthur in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who came to Canada from Sri Lanka and was not reported missing.

His next court appearance is May 23.

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