RCMP Search Nelson River in BC Manhunt
The RCMP say divers will be in the water in northern Manitoba today in the ongoing search for two British Columbia murder suspects.
Members of the underwater recovery team are expected to begin searching a section of the Nelson River, northeast of Gillam, but police are not saying what the divers are looking for, or what has prompted them to search the river.
The area around Gillam has been the focus for more than a week in the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, who are accused of killing one person and suspected in the deaths of two others last month in B.C.
The Mounties said Wednesday that they would be scaling back the search in the Gillam area, which is where the last confirmed sighting of the pair was more than a week ago.
Before winding down the search, police canvassed more than 500 homes near Gillam and scoured abandoned buildings and rail lines. Armoured vehicles, drones, K9 units, ATVs, boats, and several aircraft were sent in to help with the search, including a CC-130H Hercules military aircraft with high-tech thermal detection technology.
A public safety warning was issued by the OPP after several unconfirmed sightings of Schmegelsky and McLeod in northern Ontario cities including North Bay and Sudbury.
The longtime friends from Port Alberni, B.C. face charges of second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old lecturer at the University of British Columbia. They’re also wanted on Canada-wide warrants in connection with the shooting deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, whose bodies were found on the side of the Alaska Highway in northern B.C.
— With files from CTV and the Canadian Press