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Police say remains of 6 victims found in Bruce McArthur investigation

Some of the remains have been identified as those of Andrew Kinsman, who McArthur is charged with murdering.

Forensic investiagtors remove evidence from home on Mallory Cres. on Thursday.

Torstar News Service

Forensic investiagtors remove evidence from home on Mallory Cres. on Thursday.

Toronto police have now recovered the remains of six individuals in an investigation into what they have described as the work of a serial killer.

Bruce McArthur, 66, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.

Speaking Thursday at a home on Mallory Cres., near Bayview and Moore Aves., where Bruce McArthur mowed the owner’s lawn in exchange for storing landscaping equipment in the garage, Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Kinsman’s remains are among those recovered.

Idsinga also said police have now found the remains of six people.

Investigators have expanded their search to more than 30 properties tied to McArthur’s landscaping business.

Police have been at the Mallory house since Jan. 18, when they arrived with a search warrant forcing Karen Fraser and Ron Smith to leave their home. The owners were briefly allowed back on Feb. 1 to collect personal items and clean their fridge of spoiled food.

Police have since found the remains of three people buried in large planters that they say tended to by McArthur at the Mallory home.

They have also erected large tent in the back yard.

Smith told the Star he saw police with what appeared to be a radar device to detect objects underground. McArthur performed landscaping work at the house for years and was recommended to the couple by McArthur’s sister. Two to three years ago he had brought three or four planters, roughly a metre high and as wide as the inside of tractor tire, to the house.

Before landscaping, McArthur worked in retail offices as a salesperson in Ontario, including at the Eaton’s department stores in Toronto in the 1970s.

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