TORONTO – Dellen Millard – the man charged in connection with the disappearance of Tim Bosma – will be charged with first degree murder on Wednesday, police said.
Bosma, a southern Ontario man who vanished more than a week ago, was found dead, Hamilton police told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday.
“Human remains have been located,” said Police Chief Glenn De Caire. “The evidence indicates the remains have been burned.”
Bosma disappeared from outside of his home in Ancaster last week. He was showing his Black 2007 Dodge Ram to two men who were apparently interested in buying it.
Police were originally only looking for two suspects, but said Tuesday that newly-recovered video evidence shows another vehicle following Bosma’s truck.
Hamilton Police Staff Sgt. Matt Kavanagh said police are looking for three – possibly more – suspects.
Kavanagh said Tuesday that they believe Bosma was targeted, adding that he likely died soon after his disappearance on Monday evening.
“It was a very hard job to notify the family of the death of a loved one,” Kavanagh said. “I have no idea what they are experiencing right now.”
Authorities did not reveal where Bosma’s body was discovered but there has been police activity in a field on Roseville Road in Ayr, Ont., a community just south of Kitchener.
“Our investigation led to the identification of several locations related to the accused Dellen Millard,” De Caire said. “Authorized searches take place and evidence has been recovered.”
Millard bought the field on Roseville Road in 2011 for $835,000. A former owner of the land – who did not want to be identified – told Global News that the deal with the Millards was brokered through a real estate agent and they never met the family.
But the former owner says the land holds a special place in their heart and they had owned it since 1966.
The Millards were buying the land, the former owner said, to build a house for a son who was getting married.
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However no house was ever built and the land still remains mostly vacant.
Police arrested Millard, 27, on Saturday in connection with Bosma’s disappearance. He is charged with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000.
Police found a trailer containing Bosma’s black truck outside of Millard’s mother’s home in Kleinburg, Ont. Sunday.
Millard’s lawyer Deepak Paradkar says Millard “comes from a fine family” and isn’t the kind of person who would commit the type of crimes he’s accused of.
Millard has no previous criminal record, Paradkar said, and is CEO of his family company Millard Air Inc. – an airline services company run out of Waterloo International Airport.
A million-dollar home in a residential neighbourhood of Etobicoke is also registered to Millard. Documents obtained by Global News show that Millard took ownership of the home in 2008.
“He’s a very well-balanced young man, good head on his shoulders and, from what I’ve seen, very humble and unassuming,” Paradkar said.
Investigators are continuing to search a hangar at the Waterloo International Airport owned by the Millard family.
– With files from The Canadian Press