Canadian Officials Pull Out Of Remote Town Search For Teenage Fugitives
New details of the widescale search underway for two fugitives still at large in Canada have been revealed by police.
Canada Police have refined their search area as they continue to hunt for two teenagers who are suspects in the murders of Australian man Lucas Fowler, 23, his girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, and a third man Leonard Dyck.
The pair were each charged with one count of second-degree murder relating to the death of Dyck.
The decision was made on Tuesday local time to withdrawn heavy police presence from the remote town of York Landing in the province of Mantioba and return full focus to the Gillam area.
Police searched York Landing after they received a tip-off that Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were seen rummaging for food in a dumpster, wearing the same clothing the pair were last sighted in.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed on Twitter that the effort in York Landing would be scaled back.
In an interview on Tuesday morning with Fox News, RCMP Corporal Chris Manseau said authorities "had to go where the evidence leads us" as a reason for pulling key resources out of York Landing.
"We never want to put all our eggs in one basket," he said.
Police also revealed they have received a whopping 260 tip-offs about the pair's whereabouts in just seven days, but none of these helped police confirm McLeod and Schmegelsky were outside the Gillam area. Officers have also door-knocked over 500 homes in Fox Lake Cree Nation and the Town of Gillam.
Dozens of officers, sniffer dogs, snippers, helicopters and drones have also been employed to canvass the area, but incredibly the fugitives continue to evade authorities.
Last week, the pair were caught on CCTV at a service station in Split Lake. The attendant Mychelle Keeper said McLeod paid for $20 worth of petrol. The teenagers were named as suspects in the murders the following day.
It's believed the teenagers have traversed Canada in an epic 3,200-kilometre escapade, covering three provinces. The chase started in Dease Lake in British Colombia near where the three murder victims were discovered. The pair left BC and fled through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba. Search crews soon followed after a spate of reported sightings.
A torched Rav4 was located by officers in Gillam, about 170 kilometres from Spilt Lake on July 24. It was the second burned get-away car police had located.
As the suspects continue to evade authorities, Police are warning community members that McLeod and Schmegelsky may have changed their physical appearance since they were last seen.
Members of the public are being urged not to approach the boys and to call emergency services if they are spotted.
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