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Police found human remains almost every day they dug behind property linked to Bruce McArthur

Toronto police search a property in midtown Toronto on July 4, 2018 in search of additional evidence against accused serial killer Bruce McArthur. Credit: Victor Biro via ZUMA Wire

Toronto police found human remains essentially every day that they searched a ravine behind a midtown Toronto home associated with alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Investigators wrapped up the search on July 13, nine days after they began to dig behind the Leaside property where McArthur had once stored landscaping equipment.

The remains, which have yet to be identified, have all been sent to Ontario Forensic Pathology Services for testing.

Police aren’t conducting searches at any other properties at this time.

Meaghan Gray, a spokesperson for the Toronto police, says that investigators will likely provide the public with an update once the remains have been identified.

McArthur has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi and Skandaraj Navaratnam.

Identifying the remains can take anywhere from days to months depending on what identifying details are available to investigators, including fingerprints, dental records and DNA.

Earlier this year, police found remains linked to seven of McArthur’s alleged victims in planters around the Mallory Crescent property. The remains of Majeed Kayhan have not been identified.

“At the end of the day, I’m pretty confident that we’ve done about as thorough a search as we can possibly do, and hopefully nothing else turns up there in the future,” Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga told the Toronto Star.