COURT DOCUMENTS: Cops suspected serial killer hunting bears in gay village in summer 2017

The disappearance of Andrew Kinsman on top of three other missing gay men led Toronto cops “to believe the worst” — that a serial killer was on the loose, according to newly released police documents.

“Adding to the concern of police and the community is the fact that four other self-identified ‘bears’ from the gay community have gone missing from the Church-Wellesley Village since 2010 — all under mysterious circumstances,” wrote Det.-Const. Joel Manherz in a document released from Project Prism, the investigation into missing men allegedly killed and dismembered by Bruce McArthur.

“By all accounts, all of the males were middle-aged, bearded and frequented (redacted) and with the exception of Kinsman, they all had brown skin,” wrote Manherz.

Bruce McArthur’s alleged victims (clockwise from top left) Selim Esen, Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan, Dean Lisowick and Soroush Mahmudi.

Kinsman also considered himself a “bear,” which in gay culture, is often a larger, hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity.”

Four other missing men self-identified as bears as well.

Kinsman, 49, is described as a 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, with a full beard. Police issued a news release about his missing status on June 29, 2017.

“It is clear that Kinsman has vanished (in June 2017) and his disappearance demonstrates uncharacteristic behaviour…and given that none of the other males who went missing from The Village have turned up, it is reasonable to believe the worst,” wrote Manherz.

In August 2017, the Project Prism task force was set up to investigate the mysterious disappearances of Kinsman, Selim Essen, Skand Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Majeed Kayhan.

“Although there are similarities between the missing males, there is nothing to definitively tie them together at this point,” wrote Manherz.

Ontario Court Justice Cathy Mocha ordered the release of police documents revealing information in the deaths of Navaratnam, 40, Faizi, 44, and Kayhan, 58, to the Toronto Sun and other media outlets.

The three victims’ remains ended up in a Leaside ravine or in planters of the neighbouring home where McArthur work as a gardener.

An earlier investigation, Project Houston, was an 18-month task force focused on the disappearance of Navatram, Faizi and Kayhan. Police later determined, in the 2017 Project Prism investigation, that the trio had been murdered.

Members of the Toronto Police Service sift and excavate materials from the back of property along Mallory Cres. in Toronto after confirming they have found human remains during an investigation in relation to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur on Thursday, July 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

McArthur, 66, faces eight counts of first-degree murder, including three charges stemming from the Project Houston victims.

McArthur was born in Lindsay on Oct. 8, 1951, so he turns 67 on Thanksgiving Day.

He’s 5-foot-9, 205 pounds, has grey receding hair and brown eyes. His marital status is listed as separated and he lives on Thorncliffe Park Dr. — the same street as infamous Danforth shooter Faisal Hussain.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies