Northern B.C. murders: Search for suspected killers continues as tips flood in

Mounties have received more than 80 tips in the last 48 hours as they search for two suspected killers in northern Manitoba wanted for three deaths in northern B.C.

Mounties believe Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are still in the area around Gillam. There have been at least two confirmed and corroborated sightings.

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An abandoned vehicle found Monday near Gillam is the grey 2011 Toyota RAV 4 the teens were seen driving in Saskatchewan. The last confirmed sighting of the pair was July 22, before the vehicle was recovered by police. 

There have been no reported stolen vehicles attributed to the suspects since, police said, though officials said today that doesn't mean they have not left the area.

The search around Gillam is being supported by emergency response teams, crisis negotiators, aircraft, and police dogs.

"At this point in the investigation, we believe they are still in the area," Cpl. Julie Courchaine told reporters in Winnipeg Thursday afternoon.

"We are using all technology and resources we have."

Canada-wide warrants have been issued and second degree murder charges laid against McLeod and Schmegelsky in connection with the death of the Leonard Dyck of Vancouver, who was found a few kilometres from the teens’ burned-out pickup truck on Highway 37 near Dease Lake on July 19.

McLeod and Schmegelsky are also suspects in the killings of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese; their bodies were found along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs on July 15. No charges have yet been announced in that investigation.

McLeod and Schmegelsky are still considered armed and dangerous.

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