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Timeline of events in the Bruce McArthur case

As of Jan. 29, Bruce McArthur is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

A police officer is shown outside a house on Mallory Crescent in Toronto, where Bruce McArthur did landscape work, on Monday, January 29 , 2018. McArthur, 66, was charged Jan. 18 in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman. He was further charged on Monday in the deaths Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

A police officer is shown outside a house on Mallory Crescent in Toronto, where Bruce McArthur did landscape work, on Monday, January 29 , 2018. McArthur, 66, was charged Jan. 18 in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman. He was further charged on Monday in the deaths Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO — A timeline of key events in the case of Bruce McArthur, who is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

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October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.

November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearance of three men from Toronto's gay village, including Kayhan.

April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.

August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.

May 2016 - July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.

April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto's Yonge and Bloor streets.

June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing from the area of Parliament and Winchester streets.

August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.

September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify Bruce McArthur "as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman."

Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He denies that there is evidence suggesting a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.

Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen's deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.

Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.

Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.

Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.

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Note to readers: CORRECTS Lisowick's age. Police originally said he was 47.

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