Police have warned the public not to post photos of police operations in York Landing, for fear of jeopardising the operations there.
Crisis negotiators, tracker dogs, and high-tech equipment including drones and infrared equipment are now moving towards York Landing, in pursuit of fugitives Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, after the pair were spotted by members of an Indigenous patrol group.
A Facebook post by Leroy Constant, the elected chief of York Factory First Nation, called on residents in York Landing to “remain indoors with your doors locked. All vehicles should be parked”, it said.
McLeod and Schmegelsky 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.
The fugitives were seen by members of the Bear Clan Patrol, who are based in the provincial capital of Winnipeg. The group has been assisting community members in the Fox Lake Cree Nation, which is next door to the remote community of Gillam, where the search has been focussed.
On Sunday night, “multiple [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] resources” were being sent to York Landing 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,” it said.