RCMP search small Northern Manitoba community for B.C. murder suspects

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Heavily armed police officers are combing through the bush and swamps surrounding the remote Indigenous community of York Landing in northern Manitoba, following a reported sighting of two teenage murder suspects who have been on the run for almost two weeks.

Multiple RCMP resources are being sent to York Landing, MB, to investigate a tip that the two suspects are possibly in, or near, the community.

"We thank the community for their patience and understanding and ask them to continue to be vigilant", RCMP said in a tweet.

McLeod and Schmegelsky have been formally charged in a third murder, of Leonard Dyck, 64, a Canadian biology professor, whose body police found later also in northern British Columbia.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a legitimate tip around 5 p.m. Sunday that two males matching their descriptions were seen in York Landing, about 90 kilometers southwest of Gillam, Julie Courchaine, media household officer for the RCMP, told newshounds Monday.

As authorities swarmed the community, police urged the public to stay inside and lock their doors with the two suspects still on the loose.

But on Monday night Leroy Constant, the chief of the York Factory First Nation, said police were retreating to the previous search headquarters of Gillam after failing to locate the fugitives.

"Truly you wouldn't want to stick yourself in a small town when all of Canada is looking for you", the source said.

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"Is that them? Gunshots heard", says the person behind the camera. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. They are also wanted in connection with the murders of tourists Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, who were found dead along a B.C. highway over two weeks ago.

A Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules aircraft equipped with high-tech thermal detection gear joined the search over the weekend.

A law enforcement source told Fox News that authorities received a "strong" lead the pair may be in or near the tiny community, which is about 56 miles from Gillam, another town in Manitoba near the location where a vehicle that had been used by the suspects was found burned last week.

Members of the Bear Clan, an indigenous community policing group, spotted two tall, skinny men at the dump. "We remind residents to stay inside and check all doors and windows to ensure they are closed and locked". Dyck's body was discovered about two kilometres from a burnt-out camper truck that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been driving when they left Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, ostensibly on the way to Alberta to look for work.

Even by the standards of the region, York Landing is incredibly remote - a two-hour ferry ride or a charter flight are the only options for getting into town. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.

"Whether or not they are going to be able to make rational decisions is questionable", he added.

"Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects".

Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and his North Carolina girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, were on a Canadian road trip when their old van broke down on a highway.

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