TORONTO – Hamilton Police believe the day before Tim Bosma disappeared from his home during a test drive of his truck, the two suspects test drove a similar truck in Toronto.
Bosma, 32, went missing from outside his Ancaster home on Monday just after 9 p.m. when he took two people – apparently interested in buying his truck – on a test-drive.
The two individuals contacted him through an ad he placed online.
Bosma was trying to sell his Black 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck with the license plate 726-72W.
Now Hamilton police say a very similar incident happened in Toronto just 24 hours earlier. Police say two men walked up to a man’s business in the city and test drove his truck.
The business owner described the two men as suspicious and added to the description already provided by police.
The first suspect has the word “Ambition” tattooed on his wrist with a box around it, police said, adding that it’s a rather uncommon tattoo.
The two are white males in their 20s. The first 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 approximately 5’9” or 5’10”, police said. He had a small to medium build with dark hair and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
Bosma’s wife, Sharlene, issued an emotional public plea on Thursday for her husband’s safe return home.
“Tim has been stolen from us.”
“It was just a truck. It is just a truck. You don’t need him. But I do. And our daughter needs her daddy back,” Sharlene said. “Tim is my husband. He is my partner and my best friend. He is the love of my life and the father of my child.”
Hamilton Police said that there is nothing in Bosma’s history that would point to a possible motive for his disappearance.
The Hamilton Police has utilized several units including ground teams, division patrol, mounted units and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) during the search for Bosma.
And on Friday police announced that they found Bosma’s cellphone in an industrial area of Brantford. A search of the area turned up nothing else.
But police say they received a tip that Bosma’s truck was seen in downtown Brantford just after 10 p.m. on Monday.
Now, police are asking for businesses and individuals who may have security cameras or footage of the area from that night to turn it over to police.
Bosma’s spouse told police the two men may have been from Toronto and Hamilton said Friday that they have obtained the cellphone records of one of the suspects.
That cellphone, though only registered three months ago, was used in several areas in Etobicoke.
Police have yet to name either suspect.