Police, Sarnia-Lambton residents mourn with Bosma family after murder

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For the second time this year, the Sarnia Police Service is mourning with one of its own.

Chris Noordam, a constable with the service, is the brother-in-law of Tim Bosma; the Ancaster man who was murdered after taking two men for a test drive in his truck.

Noordam and his wife, Jen, were in Ancaster shortly after the private contractor was abducted last week. He spoke to the media about his brother-in-law as his family begged for his safe return. “Tim is a loving husband and a great father to a two-year-old girl. He is an amazing uncle to his nieces and nephews. He is always the first to laugh and the last to get upset,” Noordam said during a news conference.

But today, Hamilton released the grim news that Bosma’s body had been found at a farm near Ayr. His remains were burned. Police believe he was killed shortly after his abduction.

Dellen Millard, 27, of Toronto who was arrested on the weekend has now been charged with first degree murder. Hamilton police are looking for two other people.

Sarnia Police Chief Phil Nelson says “there is a lot of sadness” at the Christina Street police headquarters today. And he says it is an unfortunately familiar feeling. “This is the second time this year that we’ve had an officer related to a victim of crime,” he says adding murder victim Noelle Paquette’s sister is a Sarnia officer.

“One thing about police families is they pull together; we will be there to be of some assistance,” he says adding police officers feel the pain of crime “just as much as anyone else.

“Personally, you don’t expect it,” says Nelson. “You spend all your life investigating matters involving other people and you put it in the back of your mind that you’re family member could be a victim.”

The Bosmas have many connections in the Sarnia-Lambton area through churches and schools. Living Hope Christian Reformed Church on Exmouth Street will be holding a prayer service Wednesday night starting at 6:30 pm at the Sarnia Christian School to pray for the family as they grieve.

– Heather Wright

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