Police identify eighth alleged victim of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur

More details on dead man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur serial murder case to be released Monday

So far police have not found any links between Kanagaratnam and Toronto's Church-Wellesley Village or LGBT communities. His family reported him missing to Peel Regional Police shortly afterwards. Each of the other victims and McArthur himself have ties to the LGBTQ community.

Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.

The remains of seven men, six of them identified as being among those named in the murder charges, have been found in garden planters in a property in the Leaside neighbourhood where an acquaintance let Mr. McArthur store his tools.

McArthur was already charged in the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 59; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42.

Idsinga revealed few other details about Kanagaratnam other than to say he arrived in Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010, lived in the east Toronto suburb of Scarborough, and was never formally reported missing in Canada despite having distant relatives in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Police said it was rare for them to release a photo of a potential victim, but they said "good feedback" from the public - including more than 500 tips - helped them identify the man. He declined to say how the global agency contributed to the investigation or how Toronto police came by the photo in the first place. He said identification was confirmed with the assistance of an global government agency.

"He doesn't quite fit the profile that we've seen before", said Idsinga. McArthur, Idsinga believes, killed Kanagaratnam between Sept 3, 2015 and December 14, 2015 - less than a month after another alleged victim, Soroush Mahmudi, was reported missing by his family.

Idsinga said police are looking at cold cases as far back as 1975, but have not found evidence linking McArthur to historic cases.

He also acknowledged the work of the officers on Project Prism.

As part of the ongoing investigation into the alleged serial killer, police made the extraordinary move last month to release an image of a deceased man, with the aim to identify him. Police plan to search them once the weather warms in early May.

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