Tim Bosma police search focused in Waterloo Region

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The search for a missing Ancaster man is now focused in Waterloo Region.

On Monday, Hamilton Police were busy searching two locations in the region — a hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, and a rural farm property in North Dumfries Township — as they continue to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Tim Bosma.

It has been a week since two men came to the 32-year-old’s house interested in buying the pickup he had advertised for sale on Kijiji and Auto Trader. Just before 9:30 p.m. last Monday he went with the men for a test drive. He has not been seen since.

One man, Dellen Millard, 27, of Toronto, has been arrested in connection with the case, but the second man has not been identified.

As a Waterloo Regional Police cruiser sat across from 2548 Roseville Rd. on Monday, several vehicles, including a Hamilton Police cruiser and a forensics van, could be seen in the distance in the farm field behind a wooden barn that stands near the road.

Hamilton police confirmed Monday that the property is owned by the Millard family.

Yellow police tape cordoned off a laneway leading from Roseville Road to the barn. In the distance, a large army-style field tent was visible near a tree line, along with portable toilets, a large piece of machinery and what appeared to be a large command vehicle.

Vehicles were also seen driving along the tree line and over a hill, farther into the field.

A man coming to check on a plane at a private airstrip across the road said he was told police had been at the farm property over the weekend, possibly as early as Friday.

Hamilton Police homicide unit Det. Sgt. Matt Kavanagh said a hangar owned by the Millard family at the Region of Waterloo International Airport remains the base of their investigation.

On Monday, forensic identification officers took photographs of Millard Air Hangar 53 as they walked around the perimeter. Shortly after noon, a forensic vehicle parked outside a hangar door, and officers were seen entering the building.

Police had been guarding the hangar over the weekend, following Millard’s arrest. He remains in custody at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre charged with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000.

On Monday morning, police extended their perimeter around the hangar, blocking the road that leads to it, Jetliner Court, from Fountain Street.

Several people who identified themselves as friends of Bosma’s put up posters on Monday in the area of the airport, but declined to speak to the media.

Also on Monday, police were getting warrants to search a large covered trailer seized Sunday afternoon from the driveway of a home in Kleinburg, just north of Toronto. The home is owned by Millard’s mother, Madeleine Burns.

Police confirmed Monday that the seized trailer is owned by Millard’s business.

York Regional Police officers saw a black pickup truck inside the trailer, but didn’t locate Bosma. Until the warrants are obtained, police can’t confirm it is Bosma’s truck. The search of the trailer is expected to take place Tuesday morning.

Family and friends just want Bosma, who is married and has a two-year-old daughter, back.

“If we find Tim with no arrests, then great. … If we get two arrests but no Tim? Well, then we don’t care,” said Peter Lowe, a friend and family spokesperson.

Millard’s lawyer, Deepak Paradkar, said his client is not talking to police.

“He’s facing pretty serious charges, and he’s executing his right to remain silent,” he said.

Millard is under a court order to have no contact with two witnesses involved in the Bosma case. The identities of both men are covered by a publication ban.

Millard is scheduled for a bail hearing Wednesday morning. Paradkar said he will be requesting bail for his client.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police tip line set up for this case at 905-546-2100, or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from Record news services

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Linda Givetash

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Linda Givetash is a Canadian-South African freelance journalist based in Vancouver, B.C. Her work has appeared in print, digital and broadcast media outlets around the globe.