Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan, Abdulbasir Faizi and Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam were all targets of Project Houston, a task force set up in November 2012 to investigate their disappearances. Kayhan and Navaratnam were also alleged targets of gay Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur. Project Houston did not find any evidence that the men were murdered, and therefore McArthur was never a suspect.
Kayhan, 58, was last seen on October 14, 2012 near Yonge and Alexander Streets and was reported missing by his son ten days later.
Kayhan’s double life was part of the difficulty police had in tracking his whereabouts. It was reported in media that Kayhan lived with a man part-time in the Gay Village, at the City Park Cooperative at 484 Church St.
In 2017, the police set up a new task force, Project Prism, to find these three missing men, and others. On January 29, 2018, police announced that McArthur was facing charges of first-degree murder against Kayhan.
As of March 2018, McArthur, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Andrew Kinsmen, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Dean Lisowick. Police have conducted extensive forensic searches and found the dismembered, skeletal remains of three unidentified people in planters at 53 Mallory Crescent, where an older couple allowed McArthur to keep some of his landscaping equipment. Police are using fingerprints, dental records and DNA analysis to identify the remains.
Police report that McArthur is not cooperating with the investigation, and that it may take months or even years to complete, as they will be investigating missing persons reports over a period of decades. McArthur is currently on suicide watch.
Various organizations have criticized the police for their handling of the case, suggesting that had the first three men identified in Project Houston been white, the alleged killer may have been caught earlier. Police Chief Mark Saunders said in an interview that if people who knew McArthur had come forward during Project Houston with the information they came forward with during Project Prism and after McArthur’s arrest, the alleged killer may have been caught earlier.
Murder Village Map
Name: Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan
Date of Death: October 14, 2012 (estimate)
Manner of Death: unknown at this time
Location: unknown at this time
Suspect Name: Bruce McArthur
Conviction & Sentence: pending