Alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of missing men from the city's gay community.
"He doesn't quite fit the profile that we've seen before", said Idsinga.
Although police initially said they found the remains of eight people, Idsinga could not definitely say if, between the various body parts found in the planters, the remains of other victims not yet identified were mixed in. "While we are saddened, we are also tremendously proud and relieved to have been able to bring closure to the friends and family of Mr. Kanagaratnam and the seven other victims".More news: Bank of America's once-giant mortgage business is now 'other'
McArthur was already charged in the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 59; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42.
Police had been concentrating on 22 potential identifications last week, but Kanagaratnam was not on the list, Idsinga said.
Kanagaratnam's remains were identified from within planters at a Leaside property in midtown Toronto where McArthur stored landscaping equipment. Idsinga said there is also no indication that Kanagaratnam was active on an online dating website.More news: Turkey Won't Refuse to Cooperate With Russia, Iran on Syria - Deputy PM
Toronto police were able to identify Kanagaratnam with the help of an global government agency after circulating a photo of him that was found during their investigation. CBC News reported the image came from McArthur's computer, but Idsinga would not confirm that information. "But if we listen to these experts, we'd be looking for a brown-skinned, 35 year-old male". He is alleged to have killed them between 2010 and 2017.
Toronto police have scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m.to update their investigation. Police plan to search them once the weather warms in early May. As recently as six weeks before McArthur's arrest, the force, including Chief Mark Saunders, said there was no indication the disappearances were the work of a serial killer.
An external review to be launched later this month will look into the way in which Toronto police investigated the missing men reports.More news: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is codenamed as 'Crown'