An Alberta man has revealed how he unknowingly helped liberate the SUV from the Canadian murder after it got stuck in the mud.
Tommy Ste-Croix wrote on Facebook that he crossed his way on Sunday, July 21 with teenagers Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky when their car was stuck behind a hospital.
The duo was considered & # 39; missing & # 39; after the murders of American Chynna Deese, 24, her Australian friend Lucas Fowler, 23, and Vancouver botany professor Leonard Dyck.
Ste-Croix only realized that he came face to face with the two murder suspects when CCTV images of the couple were released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police only a few days later.
Tommy Ste-Croix wrote on Facebook that he crossed paths with the teen murder suspects
Kam McLeod, 19, (left) and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, (right) have been fleeing in Northern Canada since they killed three people in British Columbia two weeks ago, including the American Chynna Deese, 24, her 23-year-old – old Australian friend Lucas Fowler and Vancouver professor Leonard Dyck
& # 39; Holy f *** !!! My big heart could kill me & # 39 ;, he wrote on Wednesday, July 24.
& # 39; One shot back and it would have been. & # 39;
Ste-Croix said that he took the teenagers out of the mud at around 7 a.m. and that they looked exactly the same as the pictures.
& # 39; They got stuck behind Cold Lake Hospital in a gray RAV4 & # 39 ;, he wrote, adding that they were probably behind the wheel of a 2015 model.
& # 39; I wish I had known something was wrong with these guys.
& # 39; Even shook their hands after loosening them. & # 39;
After the alleged murders, McLeod and Schmegelsky drove about 1,800 miles east to the Gillam area before setting fire to a Toyota RAV4, the same vehicle as described by Mr. Ste-Croix
Mr. Ste-Croix said he had to look like a mean mother, because he was number two on one and they could have left with his truck.
& # 39; I was alone in the alley with them. They also gave me their real names, & he said.
In the comments section, Mr. Ste-Croix added: & # 39; I must say that it is a major tragedy for both parties & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I really want these guys to get caught and justice served. & # 39;
Mr Ste-Croix said Vancouver Sun. he gave the RCMP a video statement after being encouraged by friends to come forward with the sighting.
& # 39; It's a wake-up call. It's scary, hasn't completely sunk into how bad the situation can get, & he said.
The search for the two teenagers shifted to the remote York Landing on Sunday after they were reportedly looking for food. York Landing can only be reached by plane or ferry, although a rail line runs about 15 miles away
This map shows the movements of the teenagers since the murders took place
Mrs. Deese and Mr. Fowler were on a Canadian road trip in British Columbia two weeks ago when their old van broke down on Alaska Highway.
Their bodies were found early on Monday July 15 in a ditch next to the highway.
Four days later, a botanist, Leonard Dyck, was found dead on another highway.
McLeod and Schmegelsky then drove about 1,800 miles east to the Gillam area before setting fire to a Toyota RAV4, the same vehicle as described by Mr. Ste-Croix.
McLeod and Schmegelsky were last seen in the city of Gillam, where previously extensive search efforts were concentrated before moving to York Landing, about 55 miles away, on Sunday.
The Royal Canadian Air Force took part in the search during the weekend, with the authorities spending up to 20 hours each day in the remote area for the boys.
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).
Searchers have used military helicopters, drones, tracking dogs and sensor technology to track the pair.
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.
Officials have warned that McLeod and Schmegelsky could succumb to the rough terrain before the police even found them, given the threats of polar bears, grizzly bears and blood-sucking flies.
RCMP said late Monday that an extensive search in York Landing had failed to find the fugitives.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said at the end of Monday that an extensive search in the small village of York Landing in Manitoba had failed to find the fugitives
The area around Gillam, Manitoba, consists of dense bush, forest and wetlands. It has prompted officials to warn that teenagers may perish before they are even found by the police
& # 39; After a thorough and thorough search, #rcmpmb was unable to substantiate the tip in York Landing. RCMP resources remain present in the York Landing & Gillam areas & they said on Twitter.
& # 39; We thank the community for their patience and understanding and ask them to remain vigilant. & # 39;
On Tuesday, RCMP said they had received more than 260 tips in the last seven days, and no one has found that the suspects are outside the Gillam area.
& # 39; #Rcmpmb, however, continues to remind the public that it is possible that the suspects may have received help unintentionally and are no longer around & # 39 ;, they said on Twitter.
Pictured: suspects of teenage murders fleeing RCMP
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