Updated: May 14 at 3 p.m. ET
A young father who disappeared under mysterious circumstances more than a week ago was murdered, Hamilton police confirmed Tuesday as they announced the investigation into his death had grown to include more suspects.
Hamilton Police Staff Sgt. Matt Kavanagh told reporters on Tuesday that Dellen Millard, currently in custody, will be charged with first-degree murder at a court appearance on Wednesday.
He said Millard and at least two other suspects were behind the death of 32-year-old Timothy Bosma, who disappeared after leaving on a test drive with two men late last Monday.
His death was confirmed earlier in the day when Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire announced that human remains located on the Waterloo Region belonged to Bosma. Bosma is believed to have been killed the night he went missing.
“We are convinced by the totality of the evidence that these are the remnants of Tim Bosma," De Caire told reporters. "The evidence indicates that the remains have been burned."
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The human remains were found as police executed search warrants on two plots of land connected to Millard. Further search warrants were being executed on several vehicles belonging to Millard.
Police also say they believe at least two suspects remain outstanding – one who joined Millard and Bosma on the test drive and at least one other in a vehicle that followed them.
The news came after days of progress in the search for Timothy Bosma, a 32-year-old Ancaster, Ont., man who disappeared more than a week ago. Bosma's family, including his wife and two-year-old child, has been desperately searching for him since last Monday and police have led a cross-region investigation in search of his whereabouts.
Millard has been charged with forcible confinement and the theft of a truck. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday and will be charged with first-degree murder.
Millard is the CEO of aviation company Millardair and a company hangar has been searched at Waterloo Regional Airport. His lawyer told the Toronto Star that Millard is "completely in shock" over the charges.
Police allege that two men contacted Bosma on a telephone number he included in an online advertisement posted for his 2007 black Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck. The pair allegedly walked to a meeting with Bosma and left with him on the test drive. Bosma was not seen since. Witnesses reported seeing the truck over the weekend.
CP24 reports that a massive search is ongoing on Dellen Millard’s property near Waterloo, including officers on horseback and several pieces of forensic machinery. The farmland is one of several pieces of property being searched by police, according to De Caire.
Police also executed a search warrant on a covered trailer parked outside Millard's mother's house, north of Toronto. A dark truck spotted in the trailer belongs to Bosma.