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RCMP search for suspect in attempted kidnapping of flagger

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they have found items "directly linked" to teenage fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmelgsky on the shoreline of a river in northern Manitoba.

Several items were found along the shoreline on August 3 along with a damaged boat, prompting an underwater search of the river in Gillam, Manitoba.

Police said Tuesday they found "several items" about nine kilometres away from where a burned-out vehicle was found two weeks ago near Gillam, about 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Police say a roadblock has been set up in the Sundance, MB, area for ongoing search efforts.

The small community of Gillam, MB has been in the media spotlight over the past few weeks as the probable area in which 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky are hiding out.

RCMP have not provided any further information about what the found items are.

McLeod and Schmelgsky, both 19, are suspected of embarking on a murderous highway rampage in Canada last month that left Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, his United States girlfriend Chynna Deese and botanist Leonard Dyck dead.

Gillam, the Fox lake Cree nation and York Landing, all located in northern Manitoba, have been the site of a major manhunt for the two men.

This is the damaged aluminum boat found by RCMP officers on the shores of the Nelson River during a helicopter search on friday afternoon.

Mounties announced last week that the massive manhunt would be scaled down in Manitoba's vast northern landscape after it yielded no signs of the two suspects.

On Aug. 4, the underwater recovery team conducted an underwater search 29 metres around the spot where the boat was found.

The body of Vancouver university professor Leonard Dyck was discovered several days later on July 19, and authorities believe McLeod and Schmegelsky are responsible for Dyck's death as well.

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