Heavily-armed police are going door-to-door in an attempt to flush out two teens wanted over a four day killing spree.
Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, continue to evade authorities — including the Royal Canadian Air Force — a week after they were last seen.
The pair, accused of the murders of Australian man Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese and local university lecturer Leonard Dyck, are believed to be hiding near Gillam, north of Winnipeg, after travelling more than 3200km from Canada’s west coast.
In Gillam, where the teens were last seen on Monday, every room of every home is being thoroughly searched. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also searching hundreds of abandoned buildings around the town of 1200 people.
McLeod and Schmegelsky are still on the run.Source:Supplied
Police are working on the theory that after the teens torched the small SUV they used to cross the country, they can’t have got far. Police believe they are either hiding in town or on the outskirts — a swampy area known to be particularly inhospitable.
Locals say conditions are brutal, and the suspects, if on foot and unprepared, would have difficulty surviving. A number of bears have been spotted by officers canvassing the area.
Military aircraft were called in over the weekend to join a fleet of vehicles including armoured cars. Drones are flying overhead and tracker dogs are leading officers on the ground.
Police have received more than 200 tips from members of the public that suggest Schmegelsky and McLeod are still in Gillam, but they have not ruled out the possibility the teens altered their appearances and slipped out of the region altogether.
A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules has arrived in Gillam. Picture: RCMP ManitobaSource:Twitter
What we know about their journey so far is they quit their jobs at Walmart in Port Alberni on the country’s west coast and made purchases for a 1700km drive to Yukon territory on July 12.
They told family they were looking to make some “real money”. They travelled to Whitehorse, where they contacted relatives before they fell off the radar.
On the night of July 14 or the morning of July 15, police say Schmegelsky and McLeod murdered Mr Fowler, 23, and Ms Deese, 24. They dumped the pair’s bodies in a grassy area next to their broken down Chevrolet van.
Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were last seen on CCTV hugging, two days before their bodies were found. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
The happy couple were on the trip of a lifetime. Picture: The Deese familySource:AP
The pair travelled north along Highway 97, back in the direction they came, before turning southwest onto Highway 37 where they were spotted in Jade City.
Police say the pair next murdered Leonard Dyck, a lecturer from the University of British Columbia.
The 64-year-old’s body was found at Dease Lake, 115km from Jade City and a short distance from the red and grey Dodge pick-up truck that had carried the teens on their killing spree across rural northern BC.
The pair drove a Toyota RAV4 more than 2000km across two provinces before they were spotted in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on July 21.
They torched their second vehicle near Gillam, where police have been searching since it was discovered.
Police are expected to update the media this afternoon, local time.
More to come.
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