January 29, 2018 3:43 pm
Updated: April 16, 2018 11:45 am

Timeline of events in Bruce McArthur suspected serial killings case

WATCH: Timeline shows key events in Bruce McArthur case

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TORONTO – A timeline of key events in the case of Bruce McArthur, who is charged with six counts of first-degree murder:

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

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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.

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May 2016 – July 2017 – Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this timespan.

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.

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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.

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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.

Feb. 8, 2018 – Toronto police confirm the remains of Andrew Kinsman have been found.

Feb. 13, 2018 – Police say excavation at the home’s backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may “revisit the scene” when the weather warms up.

Feb. 23, 2018 – McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam. His remains and that of Soroush Mahmudi have been found.

March 5, 2018 – Police say they’ve recovered the remains of a seventh person linked to McArthur. They also release the photograph of a dead man believed to be a victim of McArthur in the hopes the public will help identify him.

April 11, 2018 – Police lay a seventh murder charge against McArthur in Abdulbasir Faizi’s death.

April 16, 2018 – Police lay an eighth murder charge against McArthur in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who came to Canada from Sri Lanka and was not reported missing.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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