RCMP expand search to York Landing, Manitoba after tip
B.C. murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continue to evade RCMP and Military support days after a vehicle they were travelling in was found north of Gillam, Manitoba.
RCMP are now mobilizing to York Landing, Man, which is about a 3 1/2 hr trip by car from Gillam and includes a Ferry across Split Lake. There are 62 kilometres of train tracks and trails that connect the two communities.
Police are responding to a tip that McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18, were spotted near a landfill around 4:15 p.m.
Multiple RCMP resources are being sent to York Landing and a heavy police presence is expected.
The two Port Alberni teens have been on the run for a week. Surveillance footage captured the alleged triple-killers at a hardware store in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on July 21.
Manitoba RCMP descended on the Gillam region after a SUV they were traveling in was found on fire near the Fox Lake Cree Nation reserve.
RCMP confirm that the suspects were spotted twice in the Gillam area before police located the burned vehicle.
According to CTV News, on Thursday, RCMP said police resources already deployed include a emergency response team, a crisis negotiation team, police dog services, and air services.
The RCMP set up a checkpoint to inspect vehicles going in and out of Gillam.
Heavily armed officers aided by tracking dogs and drones spent the last few days going door to door searching residences, abandoned buildings and work camps in Gillam and on Fox Lake Cree Nation.
Canada-wide warrants have been issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky. The two fugitives are suspects in the killings of tourists Lucas Fowler, 23, and his girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, in northern British Columbia.
Fowler and Deese were found shot to death near their blue Chevy van, July 15, on the Alaska Highway.
McLeod and Schmegelsky have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a third man identified by BC RCMP on Wednesday as Leonard Dyck, 64, of Vancouver.
His body was located south of Dease Lake on July 19 more than 470 km away from the first crime scene at a rest area not far from a vehicle fire — McLeod and Schmegelsky’s burnt-out camper truck — on Highway 37.
The Canadian Department of National Defence has been helping with resources. The Royal Canadian Air Force sent a CC-130H Hercules aircraft from Winnipeg to aid with the ongoing aerial search after they received a request from the commissioner of the RCMP.
As the manhunt expanded to York Landing on Sunday, RCMP also tried to put an end to online rumors that the suspects had been apprehended.
The focus shifted to York Landing after a member of the Bear Clan community patrol group from Winnipeg said they spotted two people who matched the description of the fugitives.
In an email to the Northern Plains Freelancer on Monday, Manitoba RCMP said the tip was unsubstantiated at this point. However, the search is ongoing in the York Landing area.
RCMP resources will remain in the community and as well as in the Gillam area.
Police say it’s critical that all Canadians remain vigilant until the wanted men are caught.
Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky should be considered armed and dangerous. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately.