The investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has triggered an internal police probe. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

UPDATE: ‘Items of interest’ found at home linked to accused killer Bruce McArthur

Toronto police resume dig at home where Bruce McArthur worked as landscaper

UPDATE: 3:56 p.m.

Toronto police say “items of interest” yet to be identified have been found at a property where accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked as a landscaper.

Police had already found the remains of seven men buried in planters at the property in midtown Toronto, but resumed digging at the property on Wednesday.

McArthur, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.

Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray says investigators originally did a dig at the property over the winter and nothing was found.

She says it was decided to revisit all the properties where McArthur worked again when the springtime hit and the thaw was done.

Gray says canine units found “a number of different spots” of interest on the property when they returned in the spring.

“We did find … items of interest,” Gray said Wednesday evening.

“They have been taken away by the coroner’s office where they will undergo testing and, until the coroner has been able to do their testing, I’m unable to confirm exactly what it is,” Gray said.

Police dogs also searched about 100 other properties with links to McArthur’s landscaping business but found nothing, she said.

The excavation began Wednesday and is expected to last multiple weeks, Gray added.

———-

ORIGINAL:

Toronto police say they will resume digging at a property where accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked as a landscaper.

Police have already found the remains of seven men buried in planters at the property in midtown Toronto.

McArthur, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.

“We originally did a dig at the property over the winter and nothing was found,” police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.

“Then we decided to go back and revisit all the properties (where McArthur worked) again when the springtime hit and the thaw was done.”

Canine units found “a number of different spots” of interest on the property when they returned in the spring, Gray said.

Police dogs also searched about 100 other properties with links to McArthur’s landscaping business but found nothing, she said.

The excavation began Wednesday and is expected to last multiple weeks, Gray said.

McArthur, currently in custody at a west Toronto jail, is alleged to have killed Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

His case is scheduled to return to court on July 23.

Related: Alleged Toronto serial killer buried dismembered victims’ remains in planter boxes: Cops

Related: Alleged Toronto serial killer charged with 8th count of first-degree murder

Related: Alleged Toronto serial killer previously questioned, released by police

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Group forms in Hope to respond to homelessness, trauma and addictions

Homelessness Action Response Table (HART) full of local, regional, provincial movers and shakers

B.C. man facing first-degree murder charge in death of Belgian tourist

Amelie Sakkalis’ body was found on Aug. 22 near Boston Bar

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by Chilliwack animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for both the shelter and municipal election

UFV hosts revitalized Literary Festival featuring some of its previous writers-in-residence

Taking over Mission’s festival, UFV hopes its Literary Festival will be just as popular

Friends and family remember Paul Kaji with a skate in his honour

Hope skater and community member passed away August 2017 of fentanyl poisoning

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Most Read