Accused serial killer now charged with seventh murder — BRUCE MCARTHUR

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Toronto police are expected to announce today that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with a seventh count of first-degree murder, CBC News has learned.

The 66-year-old landscaper appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom this morning where the Crown said the new first-degree murder charge had been laid in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi.

McArthur, who appeared wearing an orange jumpsuit, spoke in court only to say his name and acknowledge that he understood the charges against him. She said his auto was discovered six days later just around the corner from a house where human remains were recovered in planters in midtown Toronto.

Idsinga said Faisi, who was 42 when he disappeared on December 29, 2010, was one of the three men whose disappearances were linked through Project Houston, a task force launched by Toronto police in 2012, to look into the disappearances of the three men from Toronto's Gay Village.

Bruce McArthur, right, is now facing a murder charge in relation to the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, left.

Police have been trying to identify the remains of several men found at a property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business.

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Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga announced at a press conference later that the remains of three men, Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick and Faizi, have now been identified. "At least one set of remains has yet to be identified and the remains of Majeed Kayhan have not been identified".

They have not specified the victims were murdered.

Idsinga said police are now re-examining 15 cold cases dating back as far as 1975 in their investigation.

The man's nephew said Faizi visited Toronto's Gay Village but kept that a secret from family, according to CBC. In addition to the cold cases, police have also increased the number of properties on their list to search from 30 to 75.

Forensic teams are still collecting evidence from McArthur's apartment in the city's Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. The image showed a bearded middle-aged man with his eyes partially closed. They say he targeted men he met through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the Gay Village area of Toronto, as well as male prostitutes. Those tips led to 70 possible identities for the man, most of which have been eliminated.

Forensics officers have continued to work at McArthur's apartment since his January arrest. He was reported missing to Peel Region police the next day.