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B.C. murder suspects spotted twice in northern Manitoba: police

RCMP say there have been additional sightings of two young men wanted in the deaths of three people in northern B.C.

The police force said Thursday that Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were seen twice in the Gillam, Man., area.

The most recent sighting was on Monday, RCMP Cpl. Julie Courchaine told reporters.

The sightings took place before a torched RAV 4 — which police say was used by the suspects — was discovered near the northern Manitoba community.

There have been no new reports of stolen vehicles, Courchaine said.

“At this point in the investigation, we believe they are still in the area,” said Courchaine.

The couple’s bodies were found along Highway 97 in northeastern B.C. on July 15. On July 19, Dyck’s body was found on Highway 37 near Dease Lake.

Police had originally described Schmegelsky and McLeod as missing persons before naming them as suspects on Tuesday.

They are wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

A large contingent of RCMP officers, as well as members of police forces in Western Canada and Ontario, have been deployed to search for the men.

Courchain said the crews are facing difficult terrain around Gillam, which is about 1,000 km north of Winnipeg.

“This is a large area,” she said. “There’s lots of dense bush, forest, swampy areas. It is very challenging.”

Police said they have received over 80 tips in the case in the last 48 hours.

“We continue to ask the public to remain vigilant for Kam and Bryer,” Courchain said. “If they are spotted, do not approach. Call 911 or your local police immediately.”

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