Toronto Police Forensics officers were back at Dellen Millard's farm, west of Cambridge, on Monday. Their search appeared to be focused on the inside of a barn on the property owned by the man accused of kidnapping and killing Ancaster's Tim Bosma last spring. (CHRIS DOUCETTE/Toronto Sun)
NORTH DUMFRIES, Ont. -- After two days of scouring accused killer Dellen Millard’s farm, Toronto cops have yet to find any trace of his former girlfriend.
But Laura Babcock’s family is taking comfort in the fact a second search of the property west of Cambridge has so far come up empty.
“(The police) not knowing, not having any evidence of anything, it’s a positive sign,” the missing woman’s uncle, Thomas Ryan, said Tuesday after stopping by to catch his first glimpse of the farm.
The Mississauga man said his family remains hopeful his “favourite niece” is just “out doing her own thing, in some other city and she doesn’t know that we’re looking for her.”
Babcock hasn’t been seen since July, 2012, and the then 23-year-old’s phone records suggest Millard may have been the last person she spoke to before she disappeared.
But it wasn’t until Millard was arrested, along with Mark Smich, 25, in May for the slaying of Tim Bosma, 32, that her family and police began to wonder if something sinister had happened to her.
Toronto Police searched Millard’s farm at that time after Hamilton cops located the Ancaster man’s charred remains in a wooded area off a back field.
But they found nothing connected to Babcock.