The police deployed search helicopters and flooded a small Canadian village with officers as they hunt down two suspects of teenage murders – revealing that polar bears were seen in the area and considered a threat.
The dayslong pursuit for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, has now shifted to the small village of York Landing in Manitoba, which is approximately 1,800 kilometers away from the crime scene in British Columbia.
They are wanted because of the murders of the American Chynna Deese (24) and her 23-year-old Australian friend Lucas Fowler, as well as the botany professor in Vancouver, Leonard Dyck.
The police had focused their search in recent days on the rough terrain in the Gillam area, about 620 miles north of Winnipeg. They had deployed drones, dogs, and soldiers before shifting their focus to York Landing on Sunday.
York Landing, with a population of only 443, is now stuck after authorities received reports that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been spotted looking for food in a landfill.
The police had previously warned that there were polar bears near the area they were looking for and said that the threat of an attack had become a reality.
The day-long manhunting for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, has now been moved to the small village of York Landing in Manitoba, which is about 1,800 miles from the crime scene in British Columbia
Police warned that there were polar bears near the area they were looking for and said that the threat of an attack had become a reality. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Saturday distributed a photo (above) of a polar bear found by seekers near Gillam
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police distributed a photo of a polar bear found on Saturday by seekers in the Gillam area.
The locals around Gillam predicted that the teenagers would face extreme challenges, including polar bears and black bears, wolves, annoying black flies and mosquitoes, dense scrub and swamps.
The nearby town of Churchill is on a polar bear migration route.
York Landing can only be reached by plane or ferry, although a rail line runs about 15 miles away.
& # 39; Last night, at about 5 p.m., the RCMP received a tip that two men matching the description of the suspects sought were seen in York Landing, Manitoba. Based on the information received, the RCMP immediately implemented multiple community resources & # 39 ;, said RCMP Monday.
& # 39; Officers searched throughout the night in the York landing area and continued their efforts today. The Royal Canadian Air Force is also helping with the search today.
& # 39; On-site officers have not made contact with the persons, as such the RCMP cannot confirm that these are the wanted suspects.
& # 39; It is crucial that residents of York Landing stay vigilant and stay inside as much as possible with their doors locked, and to report anything suspicious by calling their local police immediately. & # 39;
Authorities searched up to 20 hours a day in the small town of Gillam in northern Manitoba, where the boys were seen last week.
A Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules CC-130H Hercules was hired on Saturday to help find the air for the duo.
Authorities have also been visiting door-to-door house seekers in their homes and looking for abandoned buildings hoping to find the pair or find clues.
McLeod and Schmegelsky – old school friends – have been on the run since the bodies of Sydney backpacker Lucas Fowler and his North Carolina girlfriend Chynna Deese were discovered on a highway in Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia on July 15.
The old Fowler and Deese Chevrolet broke down on the Alaska Highway and left them behind.
Their bodies riddled with bullets were found in a ditch near the van.
The body of the botanist Leonard Dyck from the University of British Columbia was found four days later and 300 miles away in Dease Lake.
His body was found dead on another highway near a car whose suspects probably burned.
The teenagers are accused of second-degree murder at the death of Dyck.
They are wanted because of the murders of the American Chynna Deese (24) and her 23-year-old Australian friend Lucas Fowler (left), and Vancouver botany professor Leonard Dyck (right).
This map shows the movements of teenagers in recent days and where the killings took place last week
Canadian police deployed search helicopters and flooded a small village with additional officers in the search for fugitives Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18,
The duo then drove more than 1,800 miles east to the province of Manitoba in a stolen RAV 4. They later also threw that car and burned it.
The friends were seen twice in the extremely remote town of Gillam before the most recent sighting of York Landing.
Specialized officers who use sniffer dogs, a drone equipped with heat sensors and helicopters are all involved in the manhunt.
The investigation into the air has thrown nearly 200 miles wide and about 1,000 officers are working on the case across the country.
Authorities said it is around 1,000 officers who are assisting in the search for the two fugitives.
The police have previously signaled the possibility that the teenagers had escaped from the city on a slow-moving train or by taking a ride with an unsuspecting passer-by before news of the manhunt hit the area.
They have no observations or evidence to confirm the suspicion.
A Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules CC-130H Hercules was hired on Saturday to assist in the air search for the duo
Authorities have visited door-to-door residents in their homes and search abandoned buildings hoping to find the duo or find clues
In the remote cities, door-to-door officers are shown looking for the fugitives
The Canadian government, desperate to capture the fugitives, immediately approved the RCMP request for military support to assist in the search
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