Toronto police charged Bruce McArthur with an eighth count of first-degree murder after taking a rare step and releasing a photo of the dead victim to the public in hopes of identifying him.
More than one month after releasing a digitally altered photo of the victim, police identified the man as Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam. McArthur, police believe, killed Kanagaratnam between Sept 3, 2015 and Dec. 14, 2015 — less than a month after another alleged victim, Soroush Mahmudi, was reported missing by his family.
Det-Sgt Hank Idsinga called releasing the photo of Kanagaratnam — with his head tilted back and his eyes closed — a “last resort” in March. Police received 500 tips on the photo and had narrowed the list down to 70 potential names before announcing they had identified the man in the photo last week.
Idsinga told the Post he was “incredibly proud” of the project team after the identification was made on Friday.
McArthur is also accused of murdering Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsmen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi.
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