Police checking if new remains found at Tim Bosma murder suspect’s farm are human

Steve Mertl
National Affairs Contributor
Daily Brew

The Tim Bosma murder case has taken a strange turn after police revealed they'd found another set of remains on the rural Ontario property owned by the prime suspect.

CBC News reports burned remains have been discovered on the farm property owned by suspect Dellen Millard. Police now are trying to determine whether they belong to an animal or human being.

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Police previously said they'd found burned remains that investigators believe were Bosma's, as well as an industrial-grade livestock incinerator. Millard doesn't own any livestock.

Millard, 27, is charged with the kidnapping and first-degree murder of Bosma, who vanished May 6 after driving off two men who answered an ad for the used Dodge Ram truck he'd posted for sale.

The discovery of a second set of remains comes after word investigators were re-examining the disappearance last July of Millard acquaintance Laura Babock.

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Babcock's former boyfriend, Shawn Lerner, told CBC News he discovered several phone calls to Millard from Babcock shortly before she went missing. When he confronted Millard, he denied it until Lerner showed him the evidence from a phone bill.

"Finally he relented and admitted that they did exchange calls," Lerner said. "And [he] claimed that she was asking him for drugs and for a place to stay and that he didn't oblige either of those requests."

According to the Globe and Mail, Lerner said a friend told him Babcock and Millard were romantically involved. Lerner, who broke up with Babcock the previous January, said he took the information to the police but "they never followed up on those leads as far as I can tell."

Police have confirmed they are also reopening the file on the suicide last December of Millard's father, Wayne.

Millard's lawyer, Deepak Paradkar, has told news media over the weekend that police have not interviewed his client about the Babcock disappearance, and that he denies any connection to Bosma's death.

Police are still looking for the other man allegedly with Millard when Bosma disappeared, plus a third individual thought to have been driving an SUV that followed Bosma's truck when he took the potential buyers for the test drive.

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Meanwhile, neighbours of Millard's mother, Madeleine Burns, say they have not seen her since her son was implicated in Bosma's disappearance.

The residents of the quiet Kleinburg, Ont., cul-de-sac told the Hamilton Spectator that they are concerned about how she is taking the publicity surrounding the case.

"I'm sure she's embarrassed as we all would be, wondering what the neighbours are thinking," said next-door neighbour Robert Dimas. "But if anything we'd want to console her, reach out to her."

Dimas told the Spectator that Millard rarely visited his mother.

The Spectator reported that Hamilton police had visited the neighbourhood Saturday to get surveillance video from the house next door.