YORK LANDING, Man. — The chief of a remote northern Manitoba Indigenous community says a massive police manhunt there for two young British Columbia homicide suspects has ended without success, although residents have been asked to remain vigilant.Leroy Constant says in a Facebook post that an extensive search Monday in and around York Landing, backed up by dogs, helicopters, drones, a police boat patrol and a military Hercules aircraft, failed to locate Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.Constant says the RCMP’s emergency response team has returned to Gillam, 90 kilometres northeast of York Landing, where the last confirmed sightings of the teens occurred a week ago.He says the Mounties’ major crime unit has also left, while 10 officers who remained in York Landing overnight were to leave by ferry Tuesday morning.
Members of the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous-led neighbourhood watch group, remain and Constant says police have asked residents to report any information or tips that could help in their search.The York Landing search was triggered by a tip from the Bear Clan Patrol that two men matching the descriptions of the 18-year-old Schmegelsky and his 19-year-old companion had been seen rummaging through the local garbage dump.York Landing is only accessible by air or a two-hour ferry crossing in the summer. There’s also a rail line that runs 25 kilometres south of the community.Constant had said he would be surprised if the pair made it to his community on foot because the northern terrain is treacherous.
Schmegelsky and McLeod had previously been spotted in Split Lake, a community about 170 kilometres west of Gillam.The duo are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck.They are also suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found on the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. Here’s a timeline of events:July 15 — The bodies of a man and a woman are found near a blue van on the Alaska Highway, also known as Highway 97, near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.July 17 — RCMP say the deaths are suspicious.July 18 — RCMP announce Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and his 24-year-old American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, are homicide victims. Meanwhile, in Jade City, B.C., Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are spotted in a store where they stopped for free coffee. Jade City is about 350 kilometres from where the two bodies were found.July 19 — Police announce the body of a man has been found two kilometres from a burned-out truck belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake, B.C. The two teens are missing. Dease Lake is about 470 kilometres from the first crime scene.July 21 — McLeod and Schmegelsky are spotted in Cold Lake, Alta., where a local resident, not knowing who they are, helps them free a stuck Toyota Rav 4 they are driving. The are also captured on security camera footage at a store in Meadow Lake, Sask.July 22 — Mounties say Fowler and Deese were shot. They release composite sketches of a man seen speaking with the couple on the highway where they were found dead and a sketch of the unidentified man found dead near the burned truck. Fowler’s father, an Australian police inspector, pleads for public help in the investigation. At the same time, band constables with Tataskweyak Cree Nation at Split Lake in northern Manitoba talk with McLeod and Schmegelsky at a checkstop, unaware of who they are. The constables see camping gear and maps in their vehicle.July 23 — RCMP announce Schmegelsky and McLeod are suspects in the three deaths. They release photos of the men and a 2011 grey Toyota Rav 4 they may have been driving. Fox Lake Cree Nation says a burned-out vehicle is found near Gillam, Man., about 170 kilometres east of Split Lake. Police search that area.July 24 — RCMP confirm the burned-out vehicle near Gillam is the Toyota Rav 4 the suspects are believed to have been driving. The third victim is identified as 64-year-old Leonard Dyck of Vancouver. He was also lecturer in the University of British Columbia’s botany department.July 25 — Manitoba Mounties confirm two sightings of Schmegelsky and McLeod in the Gillam area. RCMP say the sightings, along with no reports of stolen vehicles, lead investigators to believe the suspects are still in the region. They say they are investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia allegedly sent by Schmegelsky to another user on a video game network. Schmegelsky is also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.July 28 — RCMP descend on York Landing, an isolated community southwest of Gillam, after it’s reported the suspects were seen at the local dump.July 29 — RCMP are unable to confirm the sighting and pull back to Gillam.