The knockout for two fugitive suspected teen serial killers accelerated Friday night when the police announced they would bring in the army for air support and conduct door-to-door interviews with each of the 1,200 residents of the small town, the alleged killers think close up.
Dozens of police officers wearing bulletproof vests and armed with automatic rifles have descended on Gillam, northeastern Manitoba, Canada, combing the dense bush of the surrounding wilderness for every sign of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.
They have been on the run since July 15, when the bodies of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, were found in British Columbia.
The Royal Canadian Air Force flew a military aircraft from Hercules (photo) to Gillam, Manitoba to help find two suspected serial killers in teenagers
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said it will fly over a wide area around the city and surrounding wilderness with a Hercules military plane
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers conduct door-to-door investigations in Gillam
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run since July 15 when the bodies of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23 were found
Still on the run: Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are being hunted by the Canadian police
They are also accused of murdering botanist Leonard Dyck of the University of British Columbia in BC before driving more than 3,000 km to the east of Manitoba province.
The friends were seen twice in the extremely remote town of Gillam at the beginning of the week and have since fallen to the ground, discarded the car they were traveling in and burned it.
Specialized officers who use sniffer dogs, a drone equipped with heat sensors and helicopters are all involved in the manhunt.
Police have set up checkpoints to screen every vehicle on one road in and out of Gillam, with teams of three civilian officers taking 12-hour shifts day and night and embarking on a difficult door-to-door search for new ones tips from residents in the next 72 hours.
& # 39; If they are here, they will not get away from here. The only way out is through the bush, and that won't be an easy road & # 39 ;, a local source of law enforcement told DailyMail.com.
The source said that few officers expect further violence, believing that the teenagers have reached the end of the road in the forests around Gillam.
& # 39; I think if they were around, these guys would probably have done something that had been done so far, & # 39; said the source. & # 39; The weird thing about it is that everything that happened has been in BC, and they have come across the country, stopped at a hardware store and no further activity that we are aware of.
& # 39; At any time during their trip there and probably kill more people if they were sufficiently motivated. But they don't have that. It's weird in a way. & # 39;
The bodies of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23 (pictured) were found in British Columbia
This is the remote part of Manitoba in Canada, where Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod hide
But the source has been added, law enforcement and the local population working at the nearby hydroelectric dam of the city take no risks. & # 39; Some hydro employees have said they have had their own safety and security briefings with their management, taking precautions. Just travel in pairs and provide extra vigilance, & said the source.
& # 39; The impression I get from people is that there is an increased awareness, sensitivity to it, because it cannot be escaped on social media either.
& # 39; It is a rural area, they are used to leaving doors unlocked and keys in their vehicle. It is not like an urban center where you lock your vehicle automatically. So I think that people are very aware from that point of view now.
& # 39; I think some people just get used to the fact that they have us around here and figure out what to tell their children. If they don't allow them outside because this is the case, how do you explain it to them.
& # 39; The community greatly supports the presence of the police, we have had many people thank you. & # 39;
This map shows the movements of teenagers in recent days and where the killings took place last week
Royal Canadian Mountain Police board a helicopter on Friday to find the two teenagers
In a Friday afternoon statement, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the possibility of investigating the possibility that the suspects had accidentally received help leaving the area, suggesting that the boys may have left Gillam.
However, the RCMP added that they are only & # 39; open to the & # 39; and said that there were no confirmed observations outside the Gillam area & # 39 ;.
The Royal Canadian Air Force flew a military aircraft from Hercules to Gillam, Manitoba to assist the search for two suspected serial killers.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said it would fly a Hercules military plane over a wide area around the city and surrounding wilderness, trying to find the two boys or evidence of their trail.
"At the request of the RCMP commissioner, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will support aircraft in the search for two murder suspects near Gillam, Manitoba," a CAF spokeswoman told DailyMail.com. & # 39; A CC-130H Hercules aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Winnipeg will help with aerial searches.
& # 39; An RCMP officer will be on board the aircraft to lead the search.
& # 39; The crew for an SAR (search and rescue service) configured CC-130H Hercules consists of two pilots (an aircraft commander and a co-pilot), an officer for air combat systems, a flight engineer, a load master and two search and rescue technicians .
The search for the couple continued on Friday. The police shared these photos of their efforts
Canadian police who use sniffer dogs comb the area in search of clues
& # 39; The search area is determined by RCMP and all questions regarding the overall plan must be directed to them. & # 39;
RCMP inspector Kevin Lewis told DailyMail.com that the aircraft will be used to scan the edge of the local river and rail lines for & # 39; any sign of life & # 39 ;.
"It will be a broad search throughout northern Manitoba," Lewis said.
More than 40 police officers have descended into the small town, while hundreds more are involved in the triple murder investigation across the country, according to the inspector.
The Hercules CC-130H carries up to 78 combat troops and is used for transporting heavy cargo and vehicles, search and rescue and air-to-air refueling, including for Canadian troops in Iraq and Syria. The aircraft carries more than 17,000 kg of fuel, has a maximum range of 7,222 km and a cruising speed of 556 km / hour.
& # 39; The CAF will assist the RCMP until they indicate that our help is no longer needed. This remains an effort led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and supports the CAF with air search capabilities & # 39 ;, said the CAF spokeswoman.
"Canadians can be sure that the CAF is ready to support and serve our federal, provincial and municipal partners who are working diligently and tirelessly on these efforts."
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