No new charges as alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur appears in Toronto court
Police still running massive forensic investigation
Bruce McArthur, the alleged serial killer charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, seemed solemn and slightly confused during a Wednesday morning video link court appearance in Toronto.
Toronto police did not lay any new charges against McArthur, but the investigation is ongoing. He's set to return to court on June 22, two days after a judicial pretrial.
McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged in connection with the disappearances of a number of men, many of them connected to Toronto's Gay Village: Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.
Police just finished a months-long, inch-by-inch search of McArthur's apartment, which they said netted more than 1,800 pieces of evidence.
Police still searching
Meanwhile, cadaver dogs are searching dozens of properties across the city where McArthur worked.
Police also plan to do more digging at a home on Mallory Crescent, near Toronto's Don Valley, where the dismembered remains of several men were found hidden in large garden planters.
Investigators said they have identified the remains of seven men, but not Kayhan's.
Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga, who is leading the investigation, has said police don't know how long the probe will continue.
McArthur, who was arrested on Jan. 18, remains in custody at the Toronto South Detention Centre in Etobicoke, in suburban Toronto.
With files from Linda Ward