It was only 1 month ago when Tess Richey a 22-year-old girl was found dead four days after her disappearance in the Church and Wellesley area by her own mother. Richey's story became the spark that englited a flame around other haunting stories of Torontonians disappearing from the Toronto Gay Village. Richey's gruesome death and the many other disappearances predictably had the whole city on edge.
Toronto Police Chief, Mark Saunders, held a press conference around Richey's case and the other missing members of the Village within the same week that Richey's body was discovered. He urged anyone with information to come forward and also disclosed that there was an ongoing investigation (Project Prism) around the disappearances happening within the Village.
However since then there has been a major update in the investigation. Toronto Police have released a statement saying that they've arrested and charged someone for the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, two high profile missing person cases from the Church and Wellesley area this past year.
BREAKING: Police announce an arrest in connection with missing men in Toronto's Village. News conference will be held at 1:15 p.m .— CP24 (@CP24) January 18, 2018
The accused is 66-year-old, self-employed Toronto landscaper, Bruce McArthur. He's from the Thorncliffe Park area and was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga of the Toronto police homicide squad spoke at a news conference hours after the arrest saying, "We believe he is responsible for the deaths of Mr. Esen and Mr. Kinsman, and we believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified,"
Adding, “In other words, we believe there are other victims.”
While no bodies have been found or cause of death to fully implicate McArthur as a murder, Det. Sgt. Idsinga said in his press conference that "some evidence was found yesterday which pushed us over the edge and enabled us to make an arrest,”.
“I’m well aware of the difficulty of prosecuting people without recovering the bodies, but in this case, we believe we have strong enough evidence where we can do exactly that,” Idsinga said.
While not all questions have been answered and the police force is still early into their investigation - they are currently searching 5 properties owned by McArthur hoping to recover the bodies of his victims. Toronto Police are also withholding his image at this current time.
Investigators are asking people to call — 416-808-2021 — for any tips related to the case.