Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing a seventh murder charge involving a missing man whose family initially thought he had abandoned his wife and two daughters. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances on their disappearances, police said.
McArthur was already facing charges in the murders of Toronto residents Dean Lisowick, 47; Soroush Marmudi, 50; Majeed Kayhan, 58; Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44 and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40. It's unclear if Faizi's body was the one Toronto police found in February but were not able to immediately identify.
On Wednesday, Idsinga also released an enhanced version of a photograph of a man believed to be another one of McArthur's alleged victims.
The most recent count was laid on Wednesday, when McArthur was formally charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi.
Idsinga said Faisi, who was 42 when he disappeared on December 29, 2010, was one of the three men whose disappearances were linked through Project Houston, a task force launched by Toronto police in 2012, to look into the disappearances of the three men from Toronto's Gay Village.
The first police probe - named Project Houston - was launched in 2012 to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Kayhan and Navaratnam.
A relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to a lack of permission from the family to speak publicly, said she is relieved Faizi's remains have been found. McArthur popped up onto police radar in the fall of 2017 as part of Project Prism.
January 19, 2018 - McArthur has his first court appearance. He is scheduled to return to court April 25.
Police will provide an update to the public this afternoon, where they are expected to announce that they have identified additional remains unearthed from planters that were used by Mr. McArthur in his landscaping business.
Idsinga said the sprawling investigation is now scrutinizing 22 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997.
The city's police board has also approved an external review, requested by Mayor John Tory, that will look into how the force handled the cases of men missing from the gay village.
Police also have evidence that leads them to believe that Lisowick was killed in April of 2016, he said.
December 8, 2017 - Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations.
Police also released a forensic sketch of a man believed to be a victim of Mcarthur's, and said they're still trying to identify him.