Search Intensifies in northern Manitoba for BC Murder suspects

John Crawford

The intense manhunt for two young Vancouver Island men, wanted in connection with three homicides in northern BC, is continuing in the dense wilderness surrounding the tiny community of Gillam, in northern Manitoba.

RCMP resources that have been deployed to the region include an emergency response team, a crisis negotiation team, police dog services and air services.

[PHOTO:  Tactical Assault Vehicle deployed to Gillam, MB --  Jeff Keele CTV News]

RCMP held a news conference yesterday, to update the public on the search for 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.

Corporal Julie Courchaine says there have been no stolen vehicles in the area since, and dozens more tips have been flowing in, since the SUV the teens were spotted driving in Saskatchewan was found burning at a First Nation reserve near Gillam.

Reading from a prepared statement, she said police are certain the pair were in the area earlier this week:

"We can now confirm there have been two established and corroborated sightings of the suspects in the Gillam area; these sightings were prior to the discovery of the burnt out vehicle. There have also been no reported stolen vehicles that could be attributed to the suspects. At this point in the investigation, we believe they are still in this area.

"The last confirmed sighting was July 22nd (Monday) and the reason there have been no stolen vehicles in that area as well at that time -- but that's not to say they haven't left."

Courchaine emphasized that the men should not be approached if they are spotted.

Instead people are urged to immediately call 911.


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