Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Officers Describe Finding Tim Bosma's Truck at Home of Mother of Accused

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Officers Describe Finding Tim Bosma's Truck at Home of Mother of Accused

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Bosma trial hears testimony about trailer


HAMILTON - Police officers testifying at the trial of two men accused of killing Tim Bosma described a frantic search of a trailer found north of Toronto as they looked for the missing Hamilton man.

Const. Cory Weick told court Tuesday he and another officer responded to a call in Kleinburg, Ont., about a "suspicious trailer" that might be related to Bosma, who had disappeared a week earlier after taking two men for a test drive in the truck he was trying to sell.

Weick, a York Regional Police officer, said he had to call the force's tactical team to break into a large trailer that was parked at the home of Madeleine Burns, Dellen Millard's mother.

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the death of Bosma, whose body was found burned beyond recognition.

Weick said he and the other officer were responding to a call on May 12, 2013 from Frank Cianfarani, who testified Tuesday he noticed a large trailer parked at the home of his neighbour, Burns, in the early morning hours of May 9.

Cianfarani said that he called police after a "snooping" reporter came around showing a picture of Millard with the trailer in the background. He said he thought it was the same trailer as the one parked at his neighbour's house.

At this point, court has heard, Millard was already under arrest.

Weick said he called Hamilton police to find out more information about Bosma, who had disappeared on May 6.

A Hamilton detective, he said, indicated Weick needed to search the trailer immediately because "a missing person was now an abduction investigation and that the male party could be inside."

After the tactical team broke the locks, Weick said they found a black pickup truck and he saw a tarp, car parts, ramps, but no licence plate and nothing underneath the truck. …

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