The RCMP are closing in on two people matching the murder suspect descriptions of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod in York Landing, Manitoba.
“Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately.” the RCMP said.
PUBLIC SAFETY – Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/yh2yV78oZd
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 23, 2019
The RCMP said officers were investigating a tip off that the murder suspects, who have been charged with the second-degree murder of a UBC botany instructor and are suspects in the double murder of a couple in Northern B.C., were somewhere near the York Landing area.
Members of the Bear Clan Patrol contacted the RCMP after seeing two men scavenging at a dump site in York Landing on Sunday, according to executive director James Favel. “They saw two guys near the dump and at first it didn’t strike them as odd because they thought it was associated with the work going on at this water treatment plant,” Favel said.
“When they noticed the truck that was associated with those activities wasn’t present, then they kind of went ‘Uh oh, this kind of might be something else,’ and so they were careful to get a description of the gentlemen that they saw, their exact location and the direction of travel after that.”
The Bear Clan Patrol, is an Indigenous-led security patrol group that arrived in Northern Manitoba this weekend to provide support. “The men ran away when spotted” Favel said.
Canadian Forces deployed a C-130H Hercules and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft to aid in the search. One aircraft, the Aurora, is equipped with infrared camera and imaging radar systems.
Schmegelsky and McLeod, both of Port Alberni, B.C., have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck of B.C. and are suspected in the shooting deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese.
A burned-out Toyota RAV4 the teens were travelling in was found near the area last week, and police have said there have been no reports of stolen vehicles since then.
Police have cautioned that the pair, who were originally considered missing persons, are now considered dangerous and may have changed their appearance.
If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately.