After receiving numerous tips about B.C. murder suspects, Ontario police assign team to investigate

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      Update (August 3): Manitoba RCMP are deploying their dive team to search Nelson River near Gillam, Manitoba. For more information, see this article

      While attention in the search for two B.C. murder suspects shifted from Manitoba to Ontario over the past few days, Ontario police haven’t been able to confirm any reported sightings in the province yet.

      The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced today (August 2) that thus far, they have been unable to substantiate any reported sightings in Ontario of vehicles or males believed to be the B.C. homicide suspects 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.  

      The OPP is working with RCMP and they have also assigned an investigative team dedicated to looking into the numerous tips that they have been receiving about the suspects.

      Ontario police had received a report from a witness who had seen two males driving a white vehicle at a construction site on Highway 11 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, on July 31.

      Police are also asking citizens not to report sightings on social media and, as the suspects are considered dangerous, to instead call 911. Those who have information relevant to the investigation should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

      Canada-wide warrants have been issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky of Port Alberni, B.C., in the death of Vancouver botany instructor Leonard Dyck, whose body was found near Dease Lake, B.C., and are suspects in the deaths of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, whose bodies were found near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.

      Much of the search for the suspects was focused on the town of Gillam, Manitoba.

      RCMP allocated resources to investigate to a reported sighting in York Landing, Manitoba, but police were unable to confirm the sighting.

      On July 30, Manitoba RCMP withdrew from York Landing and on July 31, Manitoba RCMP announced that although the search would continue, they would be reducing police presence in Gillam.  

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