Police have been searching several properties throughout the Greater Toronto Area connected to Bruce McArthur, a Toronto man accused of first-degree murder in the cases of two men who vanished from the city's Gay Village last spring. 

McArthur, 66, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, whom police now believe are dead. 

Police believe McArthur is responsible for the deaths of other victims, and are searching a total of five properties with connections to the accused — four in Toronto and one in the small community of Madoc, Ont.

On Saturday, forensic units could be seen scouring the two-car garage of a home on Mallory Crescent in the area of Bayview and Moore avenues. Police removed several plastic crates and bins, along with a grey suitcase. A hacksaw was also removed.

Scarborough house

The Scarborough home belonging to Brendan Horan was being searched by police Thursday and Friday. (Gwen Gray/CBC)

On Friday, police forensics vehicles, a canine unit and at least three detectives searched a three-bedroom home in Scarborough in connection with the ongoing homicide investigation. 

227 Conlins Rd investigation

Forensic investigators, a canine unit and at least three detectives are searching a Scarborough home at 227 Conlins Rd. in connection with the suspected murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. (CBC)

The house located at 227 Conlins Rd., near Highway 401 and Morningside Avenue, has been owned by Patricia and Brendan Horan since 2004. The couple also own a property police have been searching in Madoc, Ont., a township about 220-kilometres east of Toronto.  

While McArthur lives in a high-rise apartment in Toronto's Thorncliffe neighbourhood and doesn't own the properties, several neighbours at both told CBC News he is a longtime friend of Brendan Horan's brother, Roger, and both worked as landscape gardeners. 

Madelon Gardea, who lives nearby, explained the news of the probe hit too close to home. She told CBC News she was in "shock and disbelief" that McArthur, who she describes as "personable and genuine" is accused of murdering two of Toronto's missing gay men.   

"It's a little disturbing thing because you think you're a good judge of character, but when you find out something like that you question," she said.  

Bruce McArthur

Bruce McArther, 66, is charged with the first-degree murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. (Bruce McArthur/Facebook)

Several neighbours explained McArthur and Roger frequented the two residences together. 

Yusuf Bulbulia, who also lives near the Scarborough home, said his roommate saw Roger there as recently as Thursday.

"He's been very quiet," Bulbulia told CBC Toronto, adding the house was under renovations for most of the summer.

Real estate listings reveal the Horan family sold the home last month, but the new owners have yet to take possession. The property is estimated to be worth more than $1-million.

Bruce McArthur Madoc home

Forensic investigators have been probing a rural home in the small community of Madoc, Ont., for clues in the disappearances of two men. The property is owned by the brother of Bruce McArthur's longtime friend, Roger Horan. (Frederic Pepin/CBC)

Meanwhile in the two days since McArthur was arrested, neighbours at Bredan Horan's rural home in Madoc, located at 2598 Cooper Rd., said there has been a flurry of police activity at the nine-acre property. 

"Just to think about it, I get shivers," said Joanne Irvine who lives two doors down.

"I just hope they find something here to bring some closure to the families."

Roger Horan Madoc home

Roger Horan's brother, Patrick, bought the nine-acre property in Madoc, Ont., in May 2017. (Frederic Pepin/CBC)

With files from CBC's Greg Ross, Gwen Gray and Frederic Pepin