Six months after charging Bruce McArthur with the murder of Majeed Kayhan, Toronto police announced Friday they have found his remains in a ravine behind a property where the alleged serial killer worked as a landscaper.
The remains of seven men were previously uncovered in large planters seized from the property - where McArthur is said to have done landscaping work and stored equipment.
Inspector Hank Idsinga told reporters Friday that the remains of the eighth were confirmed after a recent search near the property of McArthur, who is accused of preying on men between 2010 and past year.
Idsinga said that while the news may provide closure to his family, they were "eternally hopeful" that police were wrong about his death. At least nine of the men were reportedly gay - like most of McArthur's alleged victims - and one had very close ties to the Village.More news: Vietnam tries American detained during nationwide protests
"I don't know if it stops at eight (victims)", Idsinga said.
Toronto police Detective Hank Idsinga says they found Majeed Kayhan's remains in a ravine near a Leaside property. After Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi, Kayhan was the third of McArthur's alleged victims to go missing from Toronto's Gay Village, where Kayhan spent most of his time.
He has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
Investigators have searched approximately 100 properties linked to McArthur and police said a search of McArthur's Thorncliffe Park apartment yielded about 1,800 pieces of evidence.More news: SingHealth cyber attack: SMS notifications sent to more than 700000 patients
THE CANADIAN PRESS A member of the Toronto Police Service chats with a man in an unmarked vehicle on a property along Mallory Cres.in Toronto during an investigation relating to Bruce McArthur on July 4, 2018.
Idsinga said he hopes the discovery of Kayhan's remains will bring closure to the man's family.
Police later confirmed that more human remains had been found and sent to the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service to be tested. "It's been a bad set of circumstances, and hopefully some healing can go on and some closure can be brought to the families". "But they are very grateful for the closure".
"Hopefully these reviews and this entire case and experience will inform how we collect information, how we support individuals, how we work with individuals who are coming in with crises", he said.More news: Pompeo, Haley call out China, Russia for helping North Korea violate sanctions
McArthur is due to appear in court again on Monday.