Manitoba RCMP say they are sending a dive team to search a section of the Nelson River near Gillam, Man., as they continue to hunt for two murder suspects who fled British Columbia.
RCMP said an underwater recovery team will arrive in Gillam on Saturday night and divers will begin to search a section of the Nelson River on Sunday.
The dive team is made up of highly-trained members who will use “advanced equipment,” according to a police press release. No media will be allowed near the dive area or divers themselves, according to RCMP.
Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, are wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24. The couple was found dead on July 15 on the Alaska Highway.
Schmegelsky and McLeod, who are from Port Alberni, B.C., have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a University of British Columbia lecturer whose body was found in northern B.C. on July 19.
Police have received hundreds of tips about where the two suspects may be ever since they were caught on camera exiting a grocery store in Meadow Lake, Sask. on July 21.
The search became focused around Gillam, Man., after a burned out vehicle used by the pair was found on July 22. Gillam is a small town of 1,200 people more than 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
RCMP have said that they received two “corroborated” sightings of McLeod and Schmegelsky in the Gillam area, but searchers who went door-to-door and used military aircraft were unable to track down the two men. Some experts have speculated that they may be dead.
Police searched another Manitoba community, York Landing, last Sunday, after they received a tip from Indigenous searchers about two men possibly matching the suspects’ descriptions spotted at a landfill. Police could not corroborate the tip.
Earlier this week, police received a tip that two young men who resembled McLeod and Schmegelsky were spotted in a car in northern Ontario. Again, they were unable to confirm the tip.
The RCMP say they will continue to provide updates as they can.
To assist in the ongoing search for the 2 BC suspects, Manitoba RCMP's Underwater Recovery Team (URT) will be arriving in Gillam tonight & divers will begin to search a section of the Nelson River tomorrow, Sunday, August 4. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/lns2qlLaxw— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 3, 2019