Canada murders: police look to remote Manitoba town in hunt for teen suspects

The Guardian – By Kat Eschner in Toronto – Fri 26 Jul 2019

Canadian police believe that two men charged with the murder of a Vancouver university professor – and suspected in the murder of a young Australian-American couple – are still on the run in the inhospitable surroundings of a remote town in northern Manitoba.

Authorities have deployed an emergency response team, crisis negotiators and “air service assets” to track the teenagers down, who they believe are still at large in the community of Gillam.

Police have received 80 tips over the last two days and have warned the public to remain vigilant but not to approach the men.

A burned-out Toyota Rav 4 known to have been driven by Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, was found near Gillam on 23 July. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Julie Courchaine said on Thursday that the police force believe the two are still near the town.

Courchaine also said the RCMP have confirmed two sightings of the pair in the Gillam area, both prior to the discovery of the car. The pair have managed to lay low since leaving the vehicle, with no further confirmed sightings.

Using dogs, high-tech equipment and multiple police forces, the RCMP are continuing to look at a “large area” around the town, she said.

“This is very challenging terrain. There’s lots of dense bush, forests, swampy area,” Courchaine said. Such an inhospitable landscape takes time to search – but also time to traverse, if that is what Schmegelsky and McLeod are doing.

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PS Interesting that they left home looking for work, signs of the times, less work & more crime.

Posted by Teri Perticone

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