Investigators looking into other cases in connection with Dellen Millard
The suicide of Dellen Millard’s father and the search for a missing woman are both being investigated by police as possibly connected to the death of Tim Bosma, CTV News has learned.
Police say Toronto homicide detectives have reopened their investigation into the death of Wayne Millard last November.
The death, which took place at the home shared by Wayne and Dellen Millard, was originally ruled a suicide.
Police also say Laura Babcock, a 23-year-old woman last seen in Toronto’s Roncevalles neighbourhood in June 2012, is now a part of the investigation.
A photo shows Babcock, her ex-boyfriend and Dellen Millard at Medieval Times restaurant a couple years ago.
The two were friends, and other friends say they had a romantic relationship immediately before Babcock went missing.
Police say they have phone records showing calls between Babcock and Millard, including the last call made from Babcock's phone before she disappeared.
Police expect to leave hangar, farm Saturday
The police presence that began last weekend at a North Dumfries farm and a large hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport is expected to wrap up by Saturday.
In a Friday afternoon press release, Hamilton police said they expect forensic analysis of the two sites in connection with the murder of Tim Bosma to wrap up no later than Saturday.
The farm, located just south of Kitchener on Roseville Road, was purchased by Dellen Millard for $835,000 cash.
The hangar belongs to Millard Air, a company Millard has run since his father’s suicide last December.
CTV News cameras captured police removing a black storage trailer and a vehicle tandem trailer from the hangar on Friday.
The Hamilton Police marine unit was also seen on site, looking at what appeared to be drainage areas.
Millard is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bosma, who was last seen leaving his Ancaster home May 6 with two men who had asked to test drive a truck he was selling.
Claiming the case is “more than it appears to be,” Millard’s lawyer says his client will plead not guilty.
Police believe Millard was one of the two men in the truck with Bosma, and say he likely died that night or early the next morning.
His cellphone was later discovered at a Brantford industrial park, while the truck was found in a storage trailer outside the Vaughan-area home of Millard’s mother.
Bosma’s body was found at either the farm or the hangar. An incinerator was found on the farm property, but police say they’re not sure if the incinerator is connected to the death of Bosma, whose body was found burned.
The unidentified second suspect is described as white with a medium build, 5’9” with dark hair and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
Police say a second vehicle followed Bosma’s truck away from the Ancaster home.
Three vehicles in the Hamilton area have been seized by police as part of their investigation.
Memorial service held in Ancaster
Community support is rallying behind the Bosma family.
A prayer vigil was held in St. Catharines on Thursday night, with a similar event planned for Friday night in Brantford.
A memorial open house took place Friday afternoon in Ancaster.
A steady stream of people poured into the old town hall to offer their respects to a neighbour, a friend and in some cases a complete stranger.
Doors were opened one hour ahead of schedule to accommodate the influx of well-wishers.
“I can’t imagine what the family is going through, but the community is grieving also,” said one man.
Also there was Jerry Kancer, whose son was friends with Bosma. Kancer remembers hearing that Bosma may have lined up a buyer for his truck.
“I said it didn’t make sense that someone wants to but a truck at night,” he says.
“It’s been eating at me, and now it’s going to eat at me forever.”
Memorial attendees say Bosma was a family man, farm boy and all-around good guy.
A memorial service for Bosma will take place May 22 at 11 a.m. at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton.
Police say more than 700 tips have been provided by the public at a tip line set up by Hamilton Police. The tip line number is 905-546-2100.