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23rd of July 2018

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Police resume excavation of Leaside home in Bruce McArthur case

Toronto cops were tight-lipped following the discovery of what appears to be the remains of an alleged victim of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Detectives and forensic investigators returned to the Leaside home where much of their investigation has been focused.

McArthur, 66, did landscaping work at the Mallory Cres. property and also stored equipment at that location.

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is shown in a Facebook photo. McArthur is expected to appear in a Toronto courtroom today. HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The alleged predator — who police believe preyed upon men in Toronto’s gay village — is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the macabre slayings.

Earlier, investigators and forensic specialists from Toronto Police, Durham Regional Police and the OPP went into a ravine behind the home.

Later in the afternoon, a van believed to be from thecCoroner’s office, arrived at the scene and backed up into the woods.

“Stuff was loaded into the van but you couldn’t really tell exactly what it was,” one witness told The Toronto Sun.

Police spokesman Meaghan Gray said Wednesday that “we originally did a dig at the property over the winter and nothing was found.

“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 Mallory Cres. property when they returned in the spring, Gray said.

The remains of seven men, discovered buried in planters, were found on the property.

Police said that searches between May and June of 100 other properties related to McArthur’s business turned up nothing.

The new Mallory excavation is expected to last several weeks.

McArthur is accused of murdering Skandaraj Navaratnam, Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam. Kayhan’s remains have yet to be identified.

Sgt. Derrick Gaudet, with Major, at the property on Mallory Cres. on Wednesday. (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun)

A months-long search of McArthur’s apartment on Thorncliffe Rd. yielded more than 1,800 exhibits and 18,000 photos of the unit and its contents, police have said.

Sources have previously told The Toronto Sun that the OPP and other police services are revisiting a large number of cold cases, missing persons and unidentified body investigations.

Before coming out of the closet and becoming a landscaper, McArthur was a travelling socks salesman whose travels took him across the province.

He is to return to court next on July 23.

— With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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