Alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of missing men from the city's gay community.
Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.
Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from garden planters at a home in central Toronto where McArthur kept his landscaping equipment. "We've had lots of worldwide calls since our pleas began from people who just haven't seen family members in years". He said Kanagaratnam arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was not on file as missing in Canada.
Police said an unnamed worldwide agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a dead man in a plea for public help.
January 17, 2018 _ Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen's deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.
The identification was made possible with the help of an global agency, the detective said, declining to provide further details.
Det-Sgt. Hank Idsinga will be addressing reporters at Toronto Police's headquarters at 10:30 a.m., three days after police announced the identification of the man.
Mr. McArthur was already charged with the first-degree murders of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman.
"While we are saddened, we are also tremendously proud and relieved to have been able to bring closure to the friends and family of Mr. Kanagaratnam and the seven other victims", Idsinga told the media during a press conference.
"He doesn't quite fit the profile that we've seen before", Idsinga explained. It's unknown whether he will be facing further charges, but investigators are looking into murders and disappearances going back as far as 1975. Police believe McArthur met his victims in the area and through dating apps.
There also apparently isn't any evidence tying Kanagaratnam to the gay community, a community which many of McArthur's alleged victims have been a part of. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances of their disappearances, police said.
August 2017 _ Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.