A 66-year-old landscaper named Bruce McArthur has been charged with the first-degree murder of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman who were reported missing last year from the downtown Toronto area.
The landscaper, who hails from Thorncliffe Park, Ontario, is also suspected of murdering other men who have disappeared from the city.
“I’m telling you that he has killed at least two people and there are more victims,” said Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga.
Groups of local residents initiated searches of the central area of Toronto in a bid to locate the men.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that the activities of residents of the neighborhood contributed greatly to the investigation.
Upon hearing the news, Ward Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam called the arrest “shocking and upsetting, but also a validation to many in the community.”
“With this progress and ongoing investigation, I am hopeful that more information will come forward in the coming days and help everyone begin to heal. A horrible force has been at work and, today, is behind bars. Both the community and the Police Service deserve our thanks today for their dedication and ongoing efforts to make the community safer,” Wong-Tam said.