Canadian police find remains of 6 people in serial-killing probe

TORONTO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Police said on Thursday they found the remains of at least six people on the grounds of a north Toronto home where a 66-year-old man charged in a series of killings worked as a landscaper.

Bruce McArthur was arrested last month and charged with murdering five men who disappeared over several years from a part of Toronto that has for decades been the center of the city's gay community.

Police have called McArthur a serial killer but have come under fire for denying for months, in the midst of disappearances, that someone was targeting the gay community.

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TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8 - Forensic investigators remove evidence from inside the home at 53 Mallory Cresc., Toronto. Planters containing body parts linked to accused serial killer Bruce McArthur have been previously removed from the property. February 8, 2018. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8 - Forensic investigators remove evidence from inside the home at 53 Mallory Cresc., Toronto. Planters containing body parts linked to accused serial killer Bruce McArthur have been previously removed from the property. February 8, 2018. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8 - Forensic investigators remove evidence from inside the home at 53 Mallory Cresc., Toronto. Planters containing body parts linked to accused serial killer Bruce McArthur have been previously removed from the property. February 8, 2018. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JANUARY 30 - Bruce Mcarthur was the gardener at these homes on Balmoral Avenue in Toronto. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 29 Police continue to deliver supplies to 53 Mallory Crescent. Police say they have charged accused serial killer Bruce McArthur with three additional murders, bringing the total number of murder charges to five. (Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 29 - Police remain at 53 Mallory Crescent. Police say they have charged accused serial killer Bruce McArthur with three additional murders, bringing the total number of murder charges to five. (Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8 - Forensic investigators remove evidence from inside the home at 53 Mallory Cresc., Toronto. Planters containing body parts linked to accused serial killer Bruce McArthur have been previously removed from the property. February 8, 2018. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Police have said they are searching for more human remains at the home and other properties and expect to lay more charges.

Investigators have so far matched the remains of one person, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Toronto Police Detective-Sergeant Hank Idsinga told a news conference outside the home where the remains were found.

Kinsman disappeared in June and is among those McArthur is charged with killing. Authorities have yet to identify the remains of the other five bodies recovered.

The search for evidence at the home has been hampered by frozen ground, Idsinga said.

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Jim Finkle and Peter Cooney)

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