A look at what’s known about Dellen Millard, the 27-year-old Ontario man charged in relation to the death of Tim Bosma, who was last seen on May 6 while taking two men to test drive his pickup truck in Ancaster, Ont.
- Mr. Millard will be charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday, investigators say. He has also been charged with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000 in connection with the case.
- Mr. Millard owns a large rural property in Ayr, Ont., just south of Kitchener, which police searched on Tuesday. Records show Mr. Millard bought the property two years ago for $835,000, and that he owns several other properties in Toronto.
- He also owns an aircraft hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, which has also been searched by police.
- Mr. Millard’s mother, Madeleine Burns, lives in Kleinburg, a village of about 5,000 people just north of Toronto. That's where police seized a large trailer containing a black pickup truck on Sunday. Police said Tuesday that she has no involvement or knowledge of the case.
- in 1963, his paternal grandfather, Carl, founded Millardair, a charter airline and storage company. After his death in 2006, The Toronto Star wrote that Carl Millard will be remembered as a Canadian flying pioneer. “The smart guys worshipped him. A lot of senior Air Canada pilots regard him as an icon. He gave them their start,” aviation writer Larry Milberry told The Star at the time.
- Carl passed the family company down to his son Wayne, a former pilot with Air Canada and Canada 3000 according to The Star.
- Wayne’s son, Dellen, followed in the family tradition of flying, becoming the youngest pilot to fly solo in both a single-engine airplane and a helicopter when he turned 14 in 1999.
- Millardair stopped flying planes in the late 1990s. After Millardair's lease wasn’t renewed at Pearson Airport a few years ago, Wayne built a 50,000-square-foot hangar for heavy-aircraft maintenance work at the Waterloo airport. He expected to begin operations late last year, according to an article in the aviation magazine Canadian Skies.
- Wayne died in late 2012, according to his obituary published in The Toronto Star. Dellen Millard wrote the obituary, remembering him as a humanitarian who “supported, organized, and helped fund many missions on behalf of animal welfare ... He was a good man in a careless world. He was my father.” Dellen became the CEO of Millardair following his father’s death.
- Millardair hired several mechanics and other staff in preparation for launching its aircraft repair and maintenance business, according to an employee at another company based at the Waterloo airport. However, after Wayne died, the workers were laid off and neighbours spotted little activity at Millardair’s new hangar. One online listing shows the hangar was available for lease.
- As of Monday, Mr. Millard had not yet spoken with investigators. “He’s exercising his rights to remain silent,” said Deepak Paradkar, his lawyer.
- Mr. Paradkar says his client is "shocked" by the allegations, and is a humble young man who comes from an affluent family and would have no reason to steal a truck.
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