HAMILTON - It’s just a truck.
Sharlene Bosma looked into the cameras and with tears streaming from her eyes and a flash of anger in her voice pleaded with the men she believes took her 32-year-old husband Tim.
All for his 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel pick-up.
“It was just a truck, a stupid truck,” Sharlene said Thursday at Hamilton Police headquarters. “You don’t need him, but I do, our daughter needs her daddy.”
Tim had posted an online advertisement to sell his truck and two men, who said they were from Toronto, showed up at 9:20 p.m. Monday to take it for a test drive. Tim went with them.
“He smiled at me and said he’ll be right back,” she said. “I haven’t seen him since.”
Sharlene directly addressed those responsible.
“I ask, I beg, I plead to whoever has my husband to please let him go,” she said.
Throughout the emotional press conference, Sharlene referred to the toll Tim’s disappearance has taken on family that surrounded her. She described her husband as a dedicated family man, who loved to horse around with his nieces and nephews.
“One of them has said that Uncle Timmy has been stolen,” she said. “And I can’t describe it better than that.”
Sharlene also thanked the community for its support and the many people online who have shared the missing person poster.
“It means so much to me that all these people, people we don’t know, who would take time from their lives to help us,” she said.
Tim’s step-brother Chris Noordam urged the men to let the family know where Tim is.
“You can do this anonymously,” Noordam said. “Please help out Tim Bosma’s family right now.”
Officers said Wednesday that they are worried Tim may have met with foul play and continue to search for Bosma in rural Ancaster near the family’s home. The search corridor extends all the way to Brantford, police said.
Police described the suspects as two white men in their mid-20s. One is about six-foot-one, weighing 170 to 180 pounds, unshaven, with short brown hair, wearing jeans, running shoes and a long-sleeve orange shirt. The other is about five-foot-nine with a small to medium build, wearing a red hoodie with the hood up over his head.
The truck is black with Ontario licence plate 726 7ZW.
Sharlene said the family has found comfort in their faith as they await some word on Tim’s whereabouts.
She also had a parting message for those responsible.
“May God show you mercy,” Sharlene said before leaving the podium.
Bosma Family Press Conference (May 9, 2013) - YouTube (external - login to view)
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How horrible for this poor family. Imagine watching your family member getting into a vehicle with those who, somewhere down the line, will do them harm.