Toronto Police allege that a 66-year-old landscaper and former “mall Santa Claus” is responsible for the murders of at least five men in Canada’s largest city of Toronto.
Bruce McArthur, a freelance landscaper, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to a report from the National Post.
According to The Post, the accused serial killer is said to have buried the skeletal remains of his victims in outdoor planters and flower pots.
What’s more, officials believe that the remains of more victims may be hidden gardens and planters across Toronto, prompting authorities to request that anyone who may have received landscaping services from McArthur contact the police.
Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga alleges Bruce McArthur responsible for at least five murders after finding human remains hidden in planters. If you hired Bruce McArthur to do landscaping call the dedicated task force at 416-808-2021 or Crime Stoppers anonymously 1-800-222-8477 https://t.co/hZ4Os43p5e
— Homicide Squad (@TPSHomicide) January 29, 2018
Most of the victims are said to have come from Toronto’s gay village area.
The remains of three victims were reportedly found in planters located on a Toronto property, where officials believe the accused once completed landscaping work.Other planters have been taken by police, while two additional sites are currently being searched.
However, police have not released the locations currently being excavated.
“We do believe there are more and I have no idea how many more there are going to be,” said Sgt. Hank Idsinga at a press conference on Monday, according to The Post.
Although early information linked victims to the “gay village”, new information suggests that the victim profile is expanding, reported CNN.
“The last two victims don’t quite fit the profile of the earlier victims. It encompasses more than just the gay community,” Idsinga said, according to CNN.
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