Canadian police are headed to the community of York Landing, Manitoba, in pursuit of fugitives Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18. The pair are suspected of killing Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and US citizen Chynna Deese, 24, and have been charged with the death of Canadian, Leonard Dyck, 64.
“Multiple [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] resources” are being sent to the town to investigate a tip that the pair are “in, or near, the community,” according to a tweet from Manitoba RCMP. “A heavy police presence can be expected in the area,” the tweet reads.
For the past five days, RCMP focus has been on the town of Gillam, which has a population of approximately 1,300 spread out over a large area. York Landing is only about 80km west of Gillam as the crow flies, but limited roads mean a trip by car takes several hours.
The pair have been fugitives for almost a week. The last confirmed sighting of the pair was in Gillam, which is why police have focussed their resources on the community, but in recent days RCMP have said McLeod and Schmegelsky might have left the community in disguise with the aid of an unknowing resident.
Police have been searching cottages, cabins and waterways in the Gillam area. They have received over 200 tips in the past five days. A police statement reminded people not to approach the teens if they are spotted.