Police Need Public's Help in Case of Suspected Serial Killer

A 7th victim has been found, but not identified
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 5, 2018 4:32 PM CST
Police Find 7th Victim in Case of Suspected Serial Killer
This image released by the Toronto Police Service shows a man who police can't identify and are now seeking the public's help.   (Courtesy of Toronto Police Service/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto police have found a seventh set of remains related to the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur and have released a picture of a bearded, darker skinned dead man. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Monday they could not identify the man in the picture and are now seeking the public's help, the AP reports. "I do not want to release this picture and I'm doing so as a last resort," he said. Idsinga declined to say how police obtained the picture of the dead man. He said they showed the picture to members of the gay community but could not identify him. Many of the other alleged victims have been darker skinned and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent who frequented the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

Idsinga said they've now found the dismembered remains of at least seven individuals this year in large planters at a home where McArthur did landscaping work and stored objects. It's not clear if the remains of the seventh man are of the same man seen in the picture released by police. He said they realize how difficult it might be for a relative or friend to see the picture and realize the man is deceased. "I've never done this before," he said about releasing the photo. "I do it with great hesitation. It is obviously a key piece of evidence that we have that we are releasing, but we feel by releasing it, hopefully we can identify him and close off that area of the investigation." McArthur, 66, is charged with first-degree murder in six deaths so far; police have said they believe there are more victims.

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