Toronto police have released a photo found among Bruce McArthur’s possessions hoping someone can identify this possible victim. The John Doe in the photograph is believed to be another person killed by McArthur. Authorities are flooded with tips on the victim’s identity.
Toronto police are attempting to make headway in the Bruce McArthur case and hoping to uncover the identity of another possible victim. The photo of a man, believed to be killed by McArthur, was found in the landscaper’s computer. Authorities released the grim photo of John Doe hoping for tips on the victim’s identity. Here’s an update on the Bruce McArthur case.
John Doe Possible Victim of Bruce McArthur
According to a press release from the Toronto police, Bruce McArthur has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder. So far, Bruce McArthur’s confirmed victims are Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmoudi, and Skandaraj Navaratnam.
The 66-year-old landscaper allegedly killed several men and hid their remains in planters on his clients’ properties. Investigators are looking into the discovered remains to identify the victims.
In a press conference on Monday (March 5), Det. Hank Idsinga released the image of an unidentified man. They didn’t say when and how they obtained the image at the time.
An anonymous source later said that the photo was found in McArthur’s computer.
The John Doe in the grisly photo is believed to have been killed by McArthur. Despite the disturbing image, which shows a bearded middle-aged man with partially open eyes and lips wearing a grey t-shirt, investigators released the photo as a “last resort.” Parts of the photo were digitally altered.
Authorities are tracing the suspected serial killer’s steps as far as they can. They expanded their search by looking into missing persons from Toronto’s Gay Village and called in experts to identify the victims from the uncovered remains.
Identifying the John Doe in the picture from McArthur’s possessions could help the investigation.
Tips Pour in on John Doe
After the picture’s release, Toronto police were flooded by tips on the victims’ possible identity. But none were conclusive. Authorities are counting on a relative to provide a positive identity.
“Short of a direct family member calling and saying, ‘That’s so-and-so,’ we have to sort through the tips and use the process of elimination,” said Det. Idsinga. Investigators are currently sifting through the information they have and hoping that DNA or dental records from the remains will turn up something.
As more remains are found on properties where McArthur worked, authorities identified the remains of Soroush Mahmudi, 50, Andrew Kinsman, 49, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.
Nicki Ward, a well-known personality among the Toronto’s LGBTQ community, is hoping to help identify the John Doe. She used her Photoshop skills to make the photo clearer.
“I’ve been trying to Photoshop his face to get rid of the … distortion and the fact that he was photographed at a peculiar angle,” said Ward, “What everybody I’ve spoken to has said is that his face is kind of familiar, but it’s at such a funny angle, it’s kind of impossible to see.”
The seventh set of remains was found on a Mallory Crescent property, ground zero of this investigation. McArthur is being held at the Toronto South Detention Centre in Etobicoke until his next court hearing on March 14.