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Police uncover 'items of interest' at Leaside home connected to Bruce McArthur

Police will return on Thursday to the Mallory Crescent property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur after “items of interest” were removed on Wednesday and sent to the chief coroner’s office for further testing.

There is no confirmation on the nature of the items at this time.

Months after declaring there were no more human remains at the home, police returned to the scene to resume excavation Wednesday morning.

“Over the last several weeks we have been sending our police dog services out to a number of properties – about 100 in total – that were associated to Bruce McArthur,” Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray explained.

“Nothing was found at those properties, but the dogs did show some indication in different places on the Mallory property and that’s what’s brought us to start excavating there today.”

Gray said the excavations are expected to take place over the next two weeks. After that, police will provide on update as to what, if anything, was found.

The remains of seven people were found in large planters located on the Leaside property earlier this year.

McArthur is facing eight charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Abdulbasir Faizi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.

Most of the men had connections to Toronto’s Gay Village.