More human remains have been found at a Leaside property linked to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Toronto police returned to the property on Mallory Crescent Wednesday morning after cadaver dogs indicated possible locations to excavate.
“Yesterday afternoon, human remains were located at one of the first digging sites,” Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga, with the Toronto police homicide unit, told the media on Thursday morning.
“These remains have been brought to Ontario Forensic Pathology Services for further examination.”
Idsinga said it was too early to tell if the remains belonged to one of the previously identified victims, someone else or even multiple people. He said identification could take “days, weeks or months” depending on the method of identification used.
The remains were found near a ravine at the back of the property.
“Several weeks ago, canine units conducted a search of the ravine at the rear of the premise,” said Idsinga.
“Several locations of interest were identified.”
Police searching for more human remains in ravine area behind Leaside home where alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur did landscape work. Video explains what’s going on: pic.twitter.com/UAEp8pTypJ
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Igsinga said crews were only able to begin excavation after arrangements were made with the City of Toronto, which looks after the ravine, and some trees were removed to allow better access to the site.
There was also no word on how long the remains had been on the property.
Idsinga admitted they were surprised to have found more remains so quickly.
“We anticipated being here for weeks, quite frankly, digging. (When) we found them that quickly, it was a bit of a surprise,” he said.
Idsinga now estimates they will remain at the property until at least next week.
The Leaside property has been a focal point of the investigation for several months.
At the start of the year the remains of seven men, believed to be killed by McArthur, were located in planters that were stored on the property.
After weeks of intensive investigation, police cleared the property in February.
Officials conducted searches at 100 properties linked to McArthur, who worked as a landscaper. No evidence of human remains were found at any of those properties.
They then returned to the Mallory property.
McArthur is facing eight charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Abdulbasir Faizi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.
Most of the men had connections to Toronto’s Gay Village.
Behind the scenes look at the excavation and search for evidence in the #BruceMcArthur case. This is the ravine area behind the Mallory Crescent home. OPP and Durham police helping with dig as they have more experience with excavations like this. pic.twitter.com/5pZOZF4HNm
— Tammie Sutherland (@citytammie) July 5, 2018