Timeline: Key events in the disappearance and search for Timothy Bosma
A 'missing' poster of Timothy Bosma is displayed on an RCMP vehicle in Hamilton, Ont.
Published Monday, May 13, 2013 12:00PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:45AM EDT
The disappearance of Timothy Bosma has led investigators throughout southern Ontario in hopes of finding the 32-year-old father and husband from Ancaster, Ont. Below is a timeline of the key events in the highly-publicized missing persons investigation.
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Monday, May 6: Timothy Bosma, 32, vanishes after going on a test drive with two strangers who had arranged to see a Dodge Ram pickup truck he was selling privately through Kijiji and Auto Trader. When Bosma didn’t return from the test drive, his wife Sharlene reported him missing.
Tuesday, May 7: Due to the unusual circumstances surrounding Bosma’s disappearance, the Hamilton police homicide unit is called to investigate. Police maintain, however, that the investigation remains a missing persons case.
Wednesday, May 8: Hamilton police release descriptions of the two men who were last seen with Bosma. One of the suspects is described as having a tattoo on his wrist with the word “Ambition” framed in a box.
Wednesday, May 8 - May 9: A marine unit, mounted unit, and K9 unit search while police canvass door-to-door in the area around Bosma’s rural Ancaster, Ont. home.
Friday, May 10: Police announce they have found Bosma's cellphone in an industrial area of Brantford, Ont.; the search for the 32-year-old father and husband is expanded to the area. Police also report that Bosma's truck had been seen in downtown Brantford on Monday night.
Police announce they were able to track the cellphone they believed the suspects used to contact Bosma. Investigators were then able to speak with a man in Etobicoke who went on a test drive with two men police believe are suspects in the Bosma case.
Saturday, May 11: A Toronto man is charged in connection with Bosma’s disappearance. Police say the man, who had the word ‘Ambition’ tattooed on his wrist, was arrested while driving in Mississauga, Ont.
Dellen Millard, 27, is charged with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000.
Police search Millard’s Etobicoke home and begin guarding a hangar at Waterloo International Airport that’s owned by the suspect’s family.
Sunday, May 12: Police find a pickup truck matching the description of Bosma's, located inside a trailer parked outside the Kleinburg, Ont. home of Dellen Millard’s mother Madeleine.
Monday, May 13: Police search the Millardair Hangar 53 at Waterloo International Airport.
Tuesday, May 14: Police search a rural property in Ayr, Ont., located south of Kitchener, Ont., which is owned by Millard.
Hamilton police chief Glenn De Caire makes the grim announcement that Bosma has been found dead, noting that the investigation into his death is “long from over.” Police say they believe Bosma was targeted, but they are unsure why.
Wednesday, May 15: Dellen Millard appears in a Hamilton court where he is charged with first-degree murder. His lawyer, Deepak Paradkar, says Millard is exercising his right to remain silent but intends to plead not guilty.
Thursday, May 16: Police seize an incinerator from a Waterloo-area farm owned by Millard.
Wednesday, May 22: Police arrest 25-year-old Mark Smich in Oakville, Ont. Smich is charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's death. Police say Smich and Millard are known to each other, but won't elaborate on their relationship.
Police are continuing a search for at least one other suspect wanted in connection to the Bosma investigation.