An arrest has been made in the disappearance of two men as part of Project Prism.
Selim Esen, 44, of no fixed address, was reported missing by a friend on April 20, 2017. He consistently frequented the Church & Wellesley St. area and Kensington Market and often had a small plastic suitcase on wheels similar to a carry-on bag.
He was last definitively seen on March 20, 2017, even though there have been reports that he was also observed by a member of the community as late as April 14.
Andrew Kinsman, 49, was reported missing by a neighbour on June 28, 2017.
Kinsman, known to be active on social media, was last seen in the area of his residence on Winchester St. on June 26.
A task force -- Project Prism – was established last August to investigate the disappearance of the two men. The task force comprised members of 51 Division and other units.
On January 18, at around 10.25 a.m., Bruce McArthur, 66, was arrested and charged with the murders of Esen and Kinsman.
The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, whose company’s name is Artistic Designs, resides in the Thorncliffe Park Area.
At a news conference at police headquarters, Homicide Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga said McArthur was on their radar for several months.
“Specifically, some evidence was found yesterday which pushed us over the edge and enabled us to make an arrest,” he said.
Idsinga said police believe McArthur is responsible for the deaths of other men yet to be identified.
Police have secured five properties associated with McArthur. Four of them are in Toronto and one is in Madoc, in Hastings County.
Idsinga said McArthur was on some dating app websites and that he had a sexual relationship with Mr. Kinsman.
“We don’t know exactly what his relationship with Mr. Esen was, leading up the murder,” he said. “We don’t know whether he had just met him that day or he had known him for some time.”
Members of the community wishing to provide information to the task force can do so by calling (416) 808-2021. They can also call anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS or 222tips.com.
Chief Mark Saunders thanked the Wellesley/Church community for their help and assistance during the investigation.
“The level of co-operation and information-sharing has allowed us to reach this conclusion,” he added.