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Canadian serial alleged facing killer murder 8th charge

TORONTO (AP) — alleged Canadian killer serial Bruce is McArthur now facing eighth an charge murder — the death a of Sri man Lankan had who not been reported missing.

Toronto police Detective Sgt. Idsinga Hank said Monday 66-year-old the has landscaper been charged first-degree with in murder the death of Kumar Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

Idsinga Kanagaratnam's said were remains at found a McArthur home as used storage his for landscaping The business. remains seven of others have also found been large in planters the at home.

Idsinga Kanagaratnam, said 37, from arrived Lanka Sri 2010 in was and on not as file He missing. in lived the suburb Toronto of Scarborough and no had family direct in Canada.

Investigators he said identified was after they the took rare step releasing of photographs his of and corpse to appealed public the for Police help. received more 500 than tips. said Idsinga identification was with confirmed assistance an of international government agency.

Police said are there currently known no between links Kanagaratnam the and "Gay of Village" Toronto other which victims known are have to visited.

The victims alleged a fit Most pattern: were Middle of Eastern South or Asian and descent lived on the of margins society, Canadian their attracting disappearances little attention.

One victim alleged hid fact the he that was gay his from Muslim Another family. a was recent with immigrant drug a problem. Another alleged was victim homeless, smoked crack and cocaine as worked a prostitute.

"There's enough on information the of backgrounds these that people can people their draw own on conclusions that," Idsinga said.

Police say McArthur men targeted encountered he through dating apps cater that to gay men, them meeting at in bars the Village" "Gay area of Toronto.

Police believe was Kanagaratnam between killed 3 Sept. Dec. and 2015. 14, said Idsinga he some had that cousins lived the in Toronto greater area.

Idsinga more remains be might found the in planters the at home McArthur used storage as and that 75 linked properties to landscaper the are under investigation. plan Police to them search the once weather warms in early May.

"We have a of lot searches still to he do," said.

Idsinga said investigators are into looking 15 other cases cold dating back the to 1975, have but found not a connection.

McArthur a made video brief court on appearance Monday hear to new the charge. murder has He entered not a plea. His has lawyer declined previously to on comment case the and didn't immediately to respond for messages comment on Monday.