Gillam, Manitoba – As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues, we are able to provide the following update:
There have been no new sightings of the suspects and no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area.
RCMP officers have completed their canvass of Fox Lake Cree Nation and will now focus their efforts on completing the canvass of homes in the Town of Gillam. To date, over 250 homes have been visited by investigators.
In the areas surrounding Gillam, officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, and along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot and in the air.
The Royal Canadian Air Force began their assistance with the search on July 27 and will continue to provide assistance throughout the day.
Investigators have now received over 200 tips in the last five days. None have established that the suspects are outside of the Gillam area. However, the RCMP continues to remind the public that it is possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance and are no longer in the area. It is also possible that they have changed their appearance.
Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police of jurisdiction. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media in the last few days and not directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it can create a substantial delay in the response by police and be detrimental to the overall investigation.
It is critical that all Canadians remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately.
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