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Remains confirmed as would-be truck seller

Suspect arrested; facing murder charge

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HAMILTON, Ont. -- A 32-year-old Hamilton father who took two men for a test drive last week in a truck he posted for sale online was killed that night, police allege, though it's still a mystery why.

Tim Bosma's remains -- "burned beyond recognition" -- were found in Waterloo Region, which is about 50 kilometres away from his home, police said Tuesday.

A Toronto man is under arrest and will be charged today with first-degree murder, Hamilton Police Det. Sgt. Matt Kavanagh said. Investigators are looking for at least two other suspects.

Dellen Millard, 27, was arrested Friday and is already charged with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000. His lawyer has previously said he will dispute the charges.

Police were searching two properties Tuesday in the Waterloo area that are owned by Millard, including an airport hangar and a farm. Officers combed the grounds of the farm on foot and on horseback and at least one cruiser remained parked outside the wire fence.

Bosma, described as a church-going family man not previously known to police, vanished the night of May 6 after leaving his Hamilton home in his black 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck with two men. The second man police are seeking is described as a white man in his early to mid-20s, about 5-9 or 5-10 with a small to medium build and dark hair, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

Police are also looking for at least one more person, as video evidence shows another vehicle following Bosma's pickup truck when he left on the test drive, Kavanagh said. Police haven't been able to make out the vehicle's model from the footage, only that it is an "SUV-type vehicle," and don't know how many people were in there.

"From the evidence that we have right now, I believe that Mr. Bosma died that night," Kavanagh said. But as for a motive, Kavanagh said he doesn't yet know.

There was "no connection whatsoever" between Bosma and the suspects before May 6, Kavanagh said.

A Toronto man earlier took the same two suspects for a test drive of his own Dodge Ram truck, also put up for sale online, police have said. There is no suggestion they were looking for Bosma there, Kavanagh said.

Bosma's cellphone was found three days later in an industrial area of the neighbouring city of Brantford.

However, "no other vehicle" can be seen on surveillance video in that area, Kavanagh said. The cellphone led investigators to Millard, he added.

Police found Bosma's truck Sunday parked in the driveway of Millard's mother's home in Kleinburg, Ont., north of Toronto. She has "absolutely no" involvement with the case, police said.

Search warrants are being executed on a total of three different vehicles, Kavanagh said. Auto-squad investigators will also be called into the airport hangar to examine vehicles in there, he said.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 15, 2013 A10

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