Shock New Move In The Hunt For Suspected Teen Murderers
Canadian Police have made an extreme move in their relentless quest to find to teenage fugitives still at large after a string of suspected murders.
The Underwater Recovery Team from the Manitoba branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) joined the multitude of teams searching for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19.
The teens are key suspects in the murders of Australian man Lucas Fowler, 23, his girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24. They have each already been charged with one count of second-degree murder over the death of botanist Leonard Dyck.
"Underwater Recovery Team (URT) will conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today," RCMP Manitoba tweeted on Sunday afternoon local time.
These areas are located in the waters and on the banks of the Nelson River -- a body of water that runs between Manitoba's north and south coasts.
The RCMP also revealed officers located a "damaged aluminium boat" on the shores of the river during a helicopter search on Friday. Police are now investigating if the boat is connected to the teenagers and if they could have used it to continue to evade authorities by fleeing across the water.
The Underwater Recovery Unit joined Royal Canadian Air Force planes with infrared and other search technology, police and a number of helicopters in the search for McLeod and Schmegelsky.
Just last week, police pulled out of a search area in the small community of York Landing, where the teens had been reportedly sighted. Authorities have returned to the Gillam area -- 3000 kilometres from the province of British Columbia where the teens started their race from the police.
Survival experts predict the teenagers would struggle to stay alive if they attempted to hide in the swampy, bug-infested wilderness around Gillam without shelter and equipment.
The pair haven't been officially sighted in nearly two weeks.
Meanwhile, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced on Friday it had set up an investigative team to follow up on potential sightings of Schmegelsky and McLeod in their province.
The OPP received more than 30 tips in less than eight hours on Thursday.
On Friday, the family of Lucas Fowler held a service in Sydney to farewell and remember the 23-year-old. Heartbroken friends and family gathered at a Turramurra church on Sydney's Upper North Shore for the service.
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