Police said last week that they had identified the victim but did not release the name until today. He was not on file as missing in Canada. They had previously identified the remains of seven other victims in those planters.
Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.
McArthur was previously charged in the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi. He had not been reported missing to any Canadian authorities, but in December 2017, a man who said he was his brother circulated a Facebook post stating that Kanagaratnam hadn't been in contact with his family in Sri Lanka for at least a year.
Like most of the other men the self-employed landscaper is believed to have slain, however, Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from planters at a central Toronto home where McArthur once worked.
He added that the photos that police released in March and April helped them identify this victim.
"The stress and anxiety over dealing with hundreds of tips, hundreds of missing person occurrences and dozens of potential identifications for the eighth victim has been enormous", Idsinga said. CBC News reported the image came from McArthur's computer, but Idsinga would not confirm that information.
"I think we've all seen in the media so-called experts who tell us that serial killers don't start in their late fifties", Idsinga says.
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Mr. Kanagaratnam was identified last Thursday after Toronto police took the exceptional step of releasing a photo believed to have been taken after his death.
Idsinga said police are looking at cold cases as far back as 1975, but have not found evidence linking McArthur to historic cases.
McArthur is now charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
He also acknowledged the work of the officers on Project Prism.
McArthur made a brief video court appearance on Monday to hear the new murder charge.
Saunders apologized in February after seeming to suggest in a published interview that police might have cracked the cases earlier if members of the public had been more forthcoming with investigators.