A tip about a tattoo helped police make a breakthrough in the Tim Bosma case.
Hamilton Police Detective Greg Jackson testified on day 3 of the trial Wednesday, telling the jury a Toronto man told investigators one of two men he took on a test drive linked to the same phone number involved in Bosma’s disappearance had the word “ambition” tattooed on his wrist.
Dellen Millard, one of the two men charged in Bosma’s death, has a tattoo with the word “ambition” on his left wrist.
Cellphones were discussed at length on Wednesday. Three days after Bosma went missing, his black Samsung phone was found outside of a Brantford area business by an employee cutting the grass.
The worker told the jury that he turned the phone into his boss; having heard about Bosma’s disappearance but never making the connection.
His boss, Elizabeth Boswell turned the phone on in an attempt to find its owner. She says texts started flooding in. Having heard about the Bosma case, Boswell searched for and found a home number.
When she called, it was Tim Bosma’s sister who answered, and said, “I should call 9-1-1. Don’t touch anything, it’s part of a missing person’s case.”
Jackson told the jury Bosma’s phone led investigators to a phone listed to a “Lucas Bate.”
Jackson, the case manager on the original investigation, says they started tracing Bosma’s cellphone the morning after he disappeared.
He says the phone had been powered off at 10:02pm on May 6, around the time the Crown alleges the Ancaster man was killed after driving away with the two men in the pickup truck he was trying to sell online.
The Detective Sergeant testified the last call Bosma received was from a phone owned by Bate.
Phone records showed its movement from Etobicoke to Oakville and then Ancaster on the night of May 6. Police came upon the name of another man who was also selling a Dodge pickup.
The Toronto man told police that he met with a man who wanted to see his truck and described the same “ambition” tattoo that Dellen Millard has on his wrist.
Police began watching Millard, searched his phone records and discovered that he had traveled the same route Lucas Bate did. Millard was arrested on May 10.
Millard and co-accused Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The Crown alleges Bosma was shot inside his truck and later his body was burned in an incinerator.
On Thursday, the jury will hear from a man who gave police a description of a tattooed man, which led to the case being broken open.