TORONTO – The Hamilton Police homicide unit has taken over the investigation into a missing Ancaster man due to the “unusual circumstances” of his disappearance.
Tim Bosma went missing just after 9 p.m. on Monday from outside his home.
He had been attempting to sell his truck – a black 2007 Dodge Ram Pickup with the license plate 726-7ZW – on Kijiji and AutoTrader and was taking two men who claimed to be interested in the truck on a test drive.
When he failed to come back, Bosma’s spouse called police.
He was last seen with two white males in their 20s. One is described as roughly 6’1″ and between 170 and 180 pounds. He had short brown hair and was unshaven. He was wearing jeans and a long sleeve orange shirt with running shoes, police said.
The second man was shorter, at just 5’9″ or 5’10”. He had a small to medium build with dark hair and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
Bosma told his spouse the two males were from Toronto but police have yet to confirm that.
Customers looking to contact sellers on classified sites such as Kijiji generally have to e-mail the seller, police said at a press conference Wednesday.
But Bosma had put his phone number on the classified ad websites, allowing him to be contacted directly.
As a result, police were not able to glean any information from the website’s e-mail records.
Investigators were able to get some information from Bosma’s cell phone before it was either turned off or went dead.
Police are asking for anyone with information to contact the Hamilton Police homicide unit.
Since Bosma’s disappearance, a social media campaign has helped increase awareness of the incident.
Members of the public have been tweeting fervently and posting missing person ads on Kijiji.