An extensive search of a Waterloo farm property owned by Dellen Millard has not turned up any evidence connected to a missing Toronto woman “romantically linked” to the accused killer, police say.
Laura Babcock, 23, was last seen on June 26, 2012, in the Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue area around 9 p.m.
Police reopened an investigation into her disappearance after Millard, of Etobicoke, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hamilton man, Tim Bosma. Mark Smich, 25, is also facing a first-degree murder charge in Bosma’s death, and police said they are searching for a third suspect in the case.
Police confirmed at a news conference Tuesday that phone records showed Babcock had contact with Millard before she vanished.
But a search warrant on Millard’s sprawling rural property in Ayr did not uncover any new evidence, homicide Det. Mike Carbone said.
Carbone said Babcock was involved in the sex trade as an Internet escort and was “romantically linked,” with Millard, although he said, “they did not have a traditional dating relationship.”
“At this point we are considering this a missing persons case,” Carbone said, adding there’s no evidence at this point to consider it a homicide.
Carbone also said an investigation into the sudden death of Millard’s father, Wayne, is ongoing.
Wayne Millard died Nov. 29, 2012, of an apparent suicide, but the case has been reopened following his son’s murder charge in Bosma’s death.
Bosma, 32, disappeared on May 6 after taking two men on a test drive of his pickup truck. His burned remains were later discovered in the Waterloo Region.