RCMP halt diving operation and put up roadblock near Sundance, Manitoba, in search for B.C. fugitives

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      There's yet another twist in the two-week hunt for suspected triple murderers Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.

      The two Port Alberni fugitives remain missing after an RCMP dive team was dispatched to the Nelson River northeast of Gillam, Manitoba.

      The two were last seen on July 22.

      "The Underwater Recovery Team has completed their work following the discovery of a boat on the shore of the Nelson River," the Mounties tweeted this morning. "They will not be conducting any additional dives."

      However, the RCMP revealed that a police roadblock has been set up near Sundance, Manitoba, "for ongoing search efforts".

      It's an abandoned community that was created in the 1970s to house workers who built the Limestone Generating Station.

      It's within the sprawling town limits of Gillam but nearly 60 kilometres away by vehicle.

      Triple-murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, have eluded police since last being seen on July 22.

      In the 1980s, a murder suspect named Andrew Rose lived in Sundance while on the lam for three years, according to the CBC's fifth estate program.

      The Manitoba town of Sundance was created in the 1970s to house workers who were creating the Limestone Dam project.

      McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18, have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC botany instructor Len Dyck. His body was found south of Dease Lake on July 21, about two kilometres from a burned-out pickup truck that the two fugitives had been travelling in.

      The wanted men are also suspects in the killing of a young tourist couple, Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, whose bodies were found along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.

      The Mounties previously conducted a major search of the area around York Landing, Manitoba, after a Bear Clan Patrol member reported seeing two suspicious men who appeared to be foraging for food at the town's dump.

      Meanwhile, Ontario Provincial Police are following up on many alleged sightings of the pair in that province.

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