Update: Manitoba RCMP have announced two bodies believed to be Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod have been found.
RCMP in Manitoba say they will be making a “significant announcement” regarding the manhunt for the northern B.C. murder suspects in the Gillam, Man. area.
You can watch the announcement below:
The announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT and 12 p.m. PDT.
On Tuesday, Manitoba RCMP said they had found several items linked to Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday.
The items were found only nine kilometres from where the suspects’ burned-out Toyota RAV4 was found on July 22. Mounties did not disclose what the items were.
Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck, whose body was found last month in northern B.C. on July 19.
Police also consider the men suspects in the shooting of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, who were found dead on the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C. on July 15.
Mounties announced last week that the massive manhunt would be scaled down in Manitoba’s immense northern landscape after it yielded no signs of the two suspects.
The search was supported by specialized military aircraft and RCMP also used all-terrain vehicles, drones, helicopters and planes. Officers had searched more than 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness and canvassed more than 500 homes before resources were pulled back.
RCMP said on the weekend that a damaged aluminum boat was also discovered in the Gillam area. Despite an underwater search by its dive team, officers said nothing else was found.
Nathan Neckoway, a councillor for Tataskweyak Cree Nation, about 87 kilometres southwest of Gillam, posted online that he believed the boat belonged to a family member. He said it was already damaged and he doubts whether anyone could have used it.
Investigators have said it’s possible the suspects are dead or inadvertently received a ride out of the region.
With files from The Canadian Press