TORONTO — A mystery dead man from a disturbing photo released by police finally has a name as investigators laid an eighth murder charge against alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, was killed between Sept 3, 2015 and Dec. 14, 2015, police said Monday in announcing the new first-degree murder charge against the 66-year-old former landscaper.
T0ronto Police Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Kanagaratnam doesn’t quite fit the profile of the seven other alleged McArthur victims.
“He was not on file as missing and there is no evidence to link him to the Gay Village,” Idsinga said.
“This doesn’t quite fit the profile we have seen before…we don’t know how he had contact with Bruce McArthur.”
Kanagaratnam, who arrived in Canada in 2010 from Sri Lanka and lived in Scarborough, had not been reported missing, according to police.
However, there were social media posts from family concerned for his well being.
One post on Facebook says “my brother is living in Canada” and has not been heard from for a year. It appeals for help and any information to find Kanagaratnam.
Police spokesman Meaghan Gray said Toronto investigators do not take reports, including those about missing people, over social media and that their accounts aren’t monitored 24/7.
“The only time we would take action (from a social media post) is if someone was threatening to harm themselves or others,” Gray said.
Idsinga said investigators confirmed his identity with the help of an “international agency” but wouldn’t expand on that.
“I won’t speak to the specific mechanisms we used to identify him,” Idsinga said.
Police last month had released an edited photo of a dead man, a move that Idsinga said at the time was a “last resort” to identify the victim, now identified as Kanagaratnam. Idsinga wouldn’t say how police obtained the photo.
On Friday, police announced they had identified the man but did not immediately release his name as next of kin were being notified.
McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.
Last week, McArthur was charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared from the gay village in 2010.
Kanagaratnam’s dismembered remains were discovered in planters with the other victims on the Mallory Cres. property where McArthur was a landscaper.
“We have lots of searches left to do as the weather gets warmer,” Idsinga said.
The sprawling police investigation, which Idsinga has previously described as unprecedented in size and scope, is now also scrutinizing 15 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997.
Those cold cases fit the general profile of the first seven alleged victims, Idsinga said, but acknowledged that police will be casting a “wide open net.”
Police say they plan to investigate at least 70 more properties where McArthur is believed to have worked starting next month, and also remain on the scene of McArthur’s east-Toronto apartment.
Police have identified the dismembered remains so far of:
1. Andrew Kinsman
2. Soroush Mahmudi
3. Skandaraj Navaratnam
4. Selim Esen
5. Abdulbasir Faizi
6. Dean Lisowick
7. Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam
To date, the remains of Majeed Kayhan have never been identified.
BRUCE MCARTHUR’S ALLEGED VICTIMS
The 58-year-old Toronto man was reported missing in October 2012. Police investigated his death as part of Project Houston, which ran from November 2012 to April 2014 and probed the disappearances of three men who went missing from Toronto’s gay village. The probe was closed after yielding neither suspects nor leads on what happened to the men.
The 50-year-old was reported missing in 2015 by his family in east Toronto. Police have not said whether Mahmudi had any sort of relationship with McArthur.
Police believe Lisowick, of no fixed address, was killed in April 2016. They say he was 43 or 44 years old and was never reported missing. Detectives have said Lisowick didn’t fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent.
Esen, 44, of Toronto, vanished from the city’s gay village on April 14, 2017. The disappearance became part of a police investigation called Project Prism launched in August. Five months later, police charged McArthur with Esen’s presumed death.
The 49-year-old from Toronto was reported missing from the gay village in late June 2017. Kinsman was a subject of Project Prism, and police have said he had a sexual relationship with McArthur. Kinsman’s sisters said they searched for their brother for six months before police eventually charged McArthur in his death. Karen Coles said he was “well-known in his community” and “loved by all.”
The 40-year-old went missing in September 2010 and his disappearance was investigated as part of Project Houston.
Faizi’s family reported him missing to Peel Regional Police on Dec. 29, 2010. Investigators say the 42-year-old was last seen in Toronto’s gay village. His vehicle was found near the home of one of McArthur’s landscaping clients, where police allege McArthur left the dismembered remains of several victims in planters. Faizi’s disappearance was also investigated as part of Project Houston.
Kanagaratnam arrived in Toronto from Sri Lanka in 2010 and police believe he died some time between September and December 2015, at age 37. Police have said he was never reported missing and unlike McArthur’s other alleged victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear ties to the LGBTQ community. Police said an unnamed international agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a dead man in a plea for public help.
— With files from The Canadian Press
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