As cops scour five properties in Toronto and one in eastern Ontario for any trace of missing gay men believe to be the victims of a serial killer, one news report suggests the body count could climb as high as eight.
Quinte News reported Saturday that a source close to the investigation claims there may be as many as eight bodies on a property in rural Madoc, north of Belleville, that has been tied to accused killer Bruce McArthur.
However, a Toronto Sun source said that number is “not accurate.”
Officially, a police spokesman said Saturday there were no updates in the high-profile case in which McArthur — a landscaper who operates a company called Artistic Design — is so far accused of killing two Toronto men.
The 66-year-old is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Selim Essen 49, and Andrew Kinsman, 44, even though their bodies have yet to be found.
Forensics officers in white coveralls spent Saturday searching a garage at the latest property connected to McArthur — a house on Mallory Cr., near Bayview and Moore Aves., in the Leaside.
Meanwhile, Quinte News described the search as “intensifying” at the house in Madoc, where a K-9 unit was brought in Saturday and nine police vehicles, an OPP Mobile Command Centre and a Toronto Police Forensics unit were parked on the property.
Clues to McArthur’s private life could be seen on his Facebook page, before it was taken down, but there were only innocuous pictures of food, recipes, cute animals videos and — wait for it — him dressed as Santa Claus.
The Fenelon Falls native appears to have grown married daughter with children living in Oshawa.
McArthur, who police confirm used online dating apps, also had a profile on the dating site silverdaddies.com where he described himself as “a bit shy until I get to know you, but I’m a romantic at heart.”
McArthur is also suspected of two other murders but it’s unclear if those alleged victims are among the three other men known to have vanished from the village between 2010 and 2012.
Like Kinsman and Essen, the bodies of Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam, 40, Abdulbasir “Basir” Faizi, 44, and Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan, 58, have never been found.