HAMILTON, Ont. -- A 32-year-old Hamilton father who took two men for a test drive last week in a truck he posted for sale online was killed that night, police allege, though it's still a mystery why.
Tim Bosma's remains -- "burned beyond recognition'' -- were found in Waterloo Region, which is about 50 kilometres away from his home, police said Tuesday.
A Toronto man is under arrest and will be charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, Hamilton Police Det. Sgt. Matt Kavanagh said. Dellen Millard, 27, was arrested Friday and is already charged with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000. His lawyer has previously said he will dispute the charges.
Investigators are searching two properties in the Waterloo area that are owned by Millard, including an airport hangar, though Kavanagh wouldn't confirm if Bosma's remains were found at one of those two locations.
Bosma, described as a church-going family man, vanished the night of May 6 after leaving his Hamilton home in his black pickup truck with two men. The second man police are seeking is described as a white man in his early to mid 20s, about 5-9 or 5-10 with a small to medium build and dark hair, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
Police are also looking for at least one more person, as video evidence shows another vehicle following Bosma's pickup truck when he left on the test drive, Kavanagh said.
"We do not know at this time how many people were in that second vehicle. So right now we're looking at least three, possibly more.''
Bosma's cellphone was found three days later in an industrial area of neighbouring city of Brantford.
However, "no other vehicle'' can be seen on surveillance video in that area, Kavanagh said.
Police found Bosma's truck Sunday parked in the driveway of Millard's mother's home in Kleinburg, Ont., north of Toronto. She has "absolutely no'' involvement with the case, police said.
Search warrants are being executed on a total of three different vehicles, Kavanagh said. Auto squad investigators will also be called into the airport hangar to examine vehicles in there, he said.
Scores of police officers are still following up on a multitude of tips, Kavanagh said. The case has captured a lot of public attention, with many expressing concerns for his safety on social media.
A Facebook page in his honour was flooded with condolences Tuesday as the sombre news spread.
"The agony in this house is indescribable. There will be no further updates from this page. My prayers are with this wonderful family,'' wrote Peter Lowe, a Bosma family friend who has been acting as their spokesman.
The Millard family has a storied aviation history in the region. When Millard was 14 he became the youngest Canadian to fly solo in both an airplane and a helicopter. His grandfather, Carl Millard, was at the time the oldest commercial pilot at 85 years old.
Wayne Millard, Dellen's father, was also a pilot and died in December. Dellen Millard wrote his father's obituary.
"His hope was for a time when co-operation would be the norm and competition was only friendly,'' Millard wrote of his father.
"He would answer a question with a story. He stepped carefully while advocating carefreeness. He could read and write five languages. He was patient and stubborn. He admired Christ, Gandhi and Lindbergh.''
Wayne Millard defined himself by the responsibilities of being a pilot, wrote his son, who added that he now carries his father's pilot's licence in his wallet.
"Piloting wasn't just his job, it was his freedom,'' Dellen Millard wrote. "He believed we can make a difference in the world. With Wayne in my heart, I believe we must.''
Police have asked that Bosma's family be allowed to grieve in privacy. Both his wife and his mother had issued emotional pleas for his safe return.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who is from Hamilton, offered condolences to the family in the Ontario legislature Tuesday.
"I'd like to take an opportunity on behalf of Ontarians and members of the legislature to let the family of Tim Bosma know that we are grieving with them,'' she said following the police chief's announcement.
"His wife Charlene, his daughter, and his mother Mary and all his friends and family are grieving very much today, and I think it's important that we say we're grieving along with them.''
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also expressed his condolences to the victim's family.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to Tim Bosma's family during this difficult time,'' he tweeted.
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