A York Regional Police cadaver dog and its handler are helping Toronto officers in the search for human remains as part of the grisly investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, Const. Marina Orlovski said.
“We have two cadaver dogs on YRP. Only one has been used for the investigation and they (the dog and its police officer handler) have been out about a half a dozen times so far. Only the one dog has been used but we do have two currently,” she said.
Because the investigation has left Toronto cadaver dogs tired, Toronto police have turned to dogs on other forces, including York, Peel and the Ontario Provincial Police.
“In order to give our dogs a rest and keep the investigation moving along, the (Toronto police) service asked various GTA police services to help with the search of the various properties,” Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray said in an email.
“I believe Peel, York, and the OPP were all called to assist with their dogs. I don’t have specifics on how long they were here, what (if anything) they found, etc. but we are grateful for the assistance provided to us during this lengthy and difficult investigation.”
Toronto police have recovered the remains of at least six people and identified one of them as Andrew Kinsman.
McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.
Toronto police, who have discovered some remains in planters, have suggested they expect to lay more charges.