“It is the saddest of stories that one could imagine,” says Rob Deutschmann, Mayor of the township of North Dumfries, referring to the murder of Tim Bosma, 32, whose body was found on a farm on Roseville Road near Ayr. “We hope that through the support of family and friends, his daughter and wife can persevere.”
Minutes from Cambridge in the township of North Dumfries, Waterloo Regional Police kept a 24 hour vigil at the scene while a search warrant was in effect. Hamilton and Toronto police have concluded their search of the farm however, yellow police lines still cross two entry ways to the expansive property. Beside each, bouquets of flowers have been placed.
“He (Bosma) was an average person doing an average thing – selling a truck online,” says Doug Craig, Mayor of Cambridge. “That’s what we can all relate to in our daily lives with our families.”
Tim Bosma went missing May 6, after taking two men for a test drive in his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck. His family and friends were joined by concerned citizens throughout Ontario and beyond who waited for news with hopes that he would be found safe. Those hopes were dashed on May 14th when Hamilton police announced that his body, burned beyond recognition, had been found.
A sign in front of the Roseville Church sends prayers to the Bosma family. “The events related to the disappearance and death of Timothy Bosma has shaken many in the area to the core,” says Pastor Randy Magnus. “It makes us question what is safe or who can be trusted. The fact that it happened on a farm, when this is a farming community, and just down the road from us, is very disturbing.”
Dellen Millard, 27, of Toronto and Mark Smich, 25, of Oakville have been charged with first degree murder and are scheduled to appear in court on June 13. Both are expected to plead not guilty to the charges. Millard bought the property in May 2011 where Tim Bosma’s body was found. An incinerator, used to cremate livestock, was seized. The farm didn’t maintain farm animals.
Jurisdiction dictates that the investigation into Tim Bosma’s murder be headed by Hamilton police, according to Olaf Heinzel, Public Affairs Coordinator for the Waterloo Regional Police Department.
“We respect that the Hamilton police should be doing the investigation,” says Mayor Craig. “And we offer any support that we can. The police are doing a very good job.”
That support extended to Toronto police. They had been combing the 102 acre farm with a backhoe and ground penetrating radar in their search for evidence in the disappearance of Laura Babcock (23), of Toronto, missing since July last year and the reopened investigation into the suicide of Millard’s father, Wayne. That search extended to Millard Air based out of the Waterloo Regional airport in Breslau.
“We are the safest city in Ontario and probably Canada,” says Mayor Craig, “But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be wary.”
The unimaginable and horrific death of a young husband and father has held headlines as investigators search for a possible third suspect and while citizens search for answers as to how such a crime could occur. This close to home, having a monster in our midst seems unfathomable.
“It leaves many questions, few answers and an ache in our hearts for his wife, daughter and, especially over mother’s day, for his mom,” says Pastor Magnus. “Our hearts go out to Sharlene and our prayers will continue to go up for the whole family.”
On behalf of the township of North Dumfries, Mayor Deutschmann has sent a letter of condolence to the Bosma family.
“I am a father and a husband,” says Deutschmann. “To lose a loved one in these circumstances is beyond comprehension and words.”