Tim Bosma Found Dead Says Hamilton Police Chief
It was the dreaded news no one wanted to hear since Tim Bosma disappeared May 6, after taking two men on a test drive in his black Dodge truck put up for sale on Kijiji.
Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire announced in a press conference at 10 a.m. May 14, Tim Bosma’s remains had been found, burned, on an Ayr farm owned by Dellen Millard.
Millard is currently in custody on charges of forcible confinement and theft over $5000. In a subsequent 2:30 p.m. press conference, Det. Sgt.Matt Kavanaugh of Hamilton Police Service announced Millard would be charged with first degree murder on Wed. May 15, explaining that a charge of forcible confinement in a case that leads to death, automatically constitutes a first degree murder charge to be laid.
De Caire issued “heartfelt condolences” to Bosma’s wife, Sharlene, family, and friends, calling the search for Tim “exhaustive” since his May 6 disappearance.
“This investigation is long from over,” said De Caire as he reiterated the “tremendous” ground search that included public leads, flyers, photos and social media as well as police forces including Hamilton, Halton, Brantford, Toronto, Waterloo and the OPP.
“We cannot discuss all the evidence,” said De Caire, “but human remains have been located and we believe those remains to be that of Tim Bosma. The remains have been burned.”
“We require more time as we pursue those responsible for Tim’s death.”
Kavanaugh verified two search warrants are being executed in Waterloo and three vehicles are being investigated in Hamilton, adding The Centre For Forensic Evidence and the Coroner’s Office are on the Waterloo site. Kavanaugh also verified the black Dodge truck seized from Millard’s mother’s driveway belonged to Bosma.
Media present at the 2:30 p.m. press conference asked if Bosma was targeted to which Kavanaugh replied “yes.”
Video evidence gathered has shown a second vehicle to be following the black Dodge truck as Bosma and his abductors left the Bosma home but Kavanaugh said it was difficult to identify the exact type of vehicle and officers were still engaged in identifying it. With caution and hesitation, Kavanaugh said it appeared to be “some type of SUV.” The occupants of this vehicle are unknown to police.
“At least three others are suspects, maybe more. The other suspects will be arrested, I can guarantee you that,” said the detective.
“We believe Mr. Bosma died that night, shortly after he was abducted, Monday evening into Tuesday morning.”
The recovery of Bosma’s cellphone gave the police the information they needed to arrest Millard.
“It was a very hard job to notify the family,” said Kavanaugh.
“This is a terrible crime, this affects us all… these people talk and others hear them talk. We need people to come forward with these conversations and help us identify those responsible.”
Here at News in Port Colborne and Wainfleet, our deepest condolences go to the Bosma family, all their friends and to our respective communities who have been united in prayer for a different outcome than this.
We are urging anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers.