HAMILTON, Ont. – A second man arrested in connection with the death of Tim Bosma has been formally charged with first-degree murder.
Mark Smich, 25, was remanded into custody following his court appearance Thursday morning. He is due back in court on June 13.
He was arrested on foot Wednesday in Oakville — about an hour before a memorial service for Bosma began.
He is known to police but investigators did not specify how.
Smich is the second suspect to be charged after Bosma, 32, disappeared on May 6 — his body found “burned beyond recognition” on a farm in Waterloo Region.
His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty.
Supt. Dan Kinsella said the two accused are known to each other but did not specify how.
Police are still looking for at least one other person and Kinsella urged that person to turn themselves in.
“We believe the danger has subsided as it relates to this case,” Kinsella said.
Bosma went missing on May 6 after he took two men for a test drive in his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck he had posted for sale online. He never came home.
Investigators believe he was “targeted” but have no motive for the killing.
“I don’t have an answer to that question today,” Kinsella said.
Police say they now have in custody the two men they allege Bosma took for a test drive in the truck.
Video evidence revealed another vehicle following Bosma’s pickup truck when he left on the test drive. Police have now identified the second vehicle as a dark blue Yukon SUV owned by Millard.
As many as 120 investigators have been working on the case, executing more than 15 search warrants and production orders and following up on more than 700 tips, Kinsella said.
Officers scoured a wooded area behind an Oakville home listed under the name A. Smich late Wednesday afternoon.
Bosma’s wife Sharlene last saw him May 6.
Bosma’s cellphone was found three days later in an industrial area in Brantford.
Police believe he was killed the same night he went missing.
Bosma’s remains were found about a week later on property owned by Millard in Waterloo Region. Investigators seized an incinerator found on the property, but they did not say if it had been used.
Police also searched a Millard Air hangar at the Waterloo regional airport.
Following the arrest of Millard, Toronto police have reopened investigations into his father’s death, which had been considered a suicide, and the disappearance of Laura Babcock, a Toronto woman with whom he was reportedly linked.
Millard’s lawyer, Deepak Paradkar, said his client has not been charged in either of the Toronto investigations and is not required to address the accusations.
Millard is set to appear next in court by video remand on June 13.