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Man charged in Waite murder

Robert Waite

Robert Waite

A 50-year-old Brant County man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Robert Waite.

Waite, 69, was found dead on March 1 at about 3 p.m. at Diamond Towing, the Papple Road business he operated in Cainsville, which also was his home.

On Wednesday, Brant OPP arrested James Christopher Bamsey and charged him with murder.

Police found Waite's body at the towing business on March 1 after they were called to check on his well-being.

Bamsey is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford at a later date.

A few days after his father was found, Waite's son, Brandon Waite, told The Expositor that friends and family became worried after Waite, known as Bob, failed to turn up for his regular breakfast with his retired buddies.

Waite said they filed a missing person report with Brant OPP and then asked police to come to the towing business to investigate.

A post-mortem confirmed his death should be considered a homicide.

In the towing business for 40 years, Waite, father of two and a grandfather, helped found the towing association in the area.

Brandon Waite said his father was trying to make the local towing industry more reputable "than the ones you hear about in other cities."

Robert Waite was semi-retired, working when he chose and talking about getting out of the business entirely. His son said he became more selective about the calls he took but didn't want to be bored .

Brandon Waite said the towing business can be a thankless job but one his father loved.

Longtime friend Barb Rowe said back in March that she worried about Waite being in his shop alone where there had once been a break-in.

Bamsey was charged with five counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000 after Brant OPP searched a Brant County residence on Highway 2 in Falkland on Sept. 19 and found five stolen vehicles.

Anyone with information is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave an anonymous message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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