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RCMP in Manitoba locate several items linked to B.C. fugitives

Kam Mc Leod  BC RCMP

Police said the items were found on the shoreline of the Nelson River on August 2, leading to a subsequent search by police divers that did not find any other relevant items. She said there is no evidence to directly link the boat to the two suspects but said the items they found nearby are linked to them.

The detachment has partnered with RCMP in Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Grande Prairie, and traffic services members throughout northern B.C., to help identify and find the suspect and suspect van.

Police in Manitoba now say several items "directly linked" to the two men wanted in connection to a trio of murders in northern British Columbia were found on the same day officers discovered a damaged boat in the area.

The pair, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, both of Port Alberni, British Columbia, have been on the run for almost three weeks with no confirmed sightings since July 22.

But the RCMP has declined to reveal what the items are, citing the need to "ensure the integrity of the investigation".

They have also been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, whose body was discovered over 400 kilometres away in Dease Lake, close to where their first vehicle was found abandoned and burned.

McLeod and Schmegelsky vanished, with no confirmed sightings announced by the RCMP since.

Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy told a news conference that some police would remain in the community and the Mounties are not ending the search.

After almost two weeks of searching for two teenage fugitives from Vancouver Island, RCMP in Manitoba report another fruitless initiative.