B.C. murder suspects may have changed appearance and been given help leaving Gillam: Manitoba RCMP

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      Update: Canada's Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Ralph Goodale stated on social media at 3:48 p.m. that the RCMP have been granted a request for aircraft support from the Canadian Armed Forces.

      The search for two B.C. murder suspects in Canada may have become more complicated.

      Today (July 26), Manitoba RCMP stated at 1:02 p.m. on social media that Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky may have changed their appearance.

      RCMP added that someone who wasn’t aware of who they were may have “inadvertently” helped them to leave the area.

      Consequently, RCMP are asking anyone who may have done so to contact police immediately.

      Officers will also be conducting door-to-door canvases over three days through the town of Gillam, Manitoba, and Fox Lake Cree Nation in search of any tips.

      Yesterday, police confirmed two sightings of the pair in Gillam.

      Thus far, there also haven’t been any confirmed sightings of the two males outside of Gillam yet.

      Manitoba RCMP

      Today, RCMP also released a surveillance footage of the pair walking through a store in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, on July 21.

      McLeod appears in a short-sleeve t-shirt and pants while Bryer Schmegelsky appears in a long-sleeved camouflage outfit.

      Earlier today, Manitoba RCMP stated that they had confirmed that a picture of a male posing with the cover of the Winnipeg Sun, which features pictures of the two males, is not McLeod. 

      The two teenagers from Port Alberni have been charged with second-degree murder of UBC botany instructor Leonard Dyck from Vancouver, who was found dead near Dease Lake, B.C.

      They are also suspects in the murder of two tourists—American Chynna Deese and Australian Lucas Fowler—along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs.

      Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod

      In initial news releases from the RCMP, McLeod was described as 193 centimeters (six-feet, four-inches) tall and weighs about 77 kilograms (169 pounds). He has brown eyes and dark brown hair as as well as facial hair.

      Schmegelsky was described as 193 centimetres (six-feet, four-inches) tall and weighs about 77 kilograms (169 pounds). He has sandy brown hair.

      Anyone who sees them is warned not to approach them but to call 911 immediately.

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