February 8, 2018 / 8:35 PM / 10 months ago

Canadian police find remains of six people in serial-killing probe

FILE PHOTO: Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old freelance landscaper who was accused by Toronto police January 29, 2018 of murdering five people and putting their dead bodies in large planters on his clients' properties, appears in a photo posted on his social media account. Facebook/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Police said on Thursday they found the remains of at least six people on the grounds of a north Toronto home where a 66-year-old man charged in a series of killings worked as a landscaper.

Bruce McArthur was arrested last month and charged with murdering five men who disappeared over several years from a part of Toronto that has for decades been the center of the city’s gay community.

Police have called McArthur a serial killer but have come under fire for denying for months, in the midst of disappearances, that someone was targeting the gay community.

Police have said they are searching for more human remains at the home and other properties and expect to lay more charges.

Investigators have so far matched the remains of one person, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Toronto Police Detective-Sergeant Hank Idsinga told a news conference outside the home where the remains were found.

Kinsman disappeared in June and is among those McArthur is charged with killing. Authorities have yet to identify the remains of the other five bodies recovered.

The search for evidence at the home has been hampered by frozen ground, Idsinga said.

Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Jim Finkle and Peter Cooney

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