Divers wrap up Manitoba river search for B.C. fugitives

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Divers wrap up Manitoba river search for B.C. fugitives


CALGARY—A dive team with the RCMP has wrapped up its search of Manitoba’s Nelson River for two young B.C. men wanted for their alleged involvement in three homicides.

The Underwater Recovery Team was called in after the RCMP found a damaged boat on the shore of the Nelson River, northeast of Gillam, Man., on Friday. However, on Monday, the RCMP said the team had finished its work.

“They will not be conducting any additional dives,” read a post on the Twitter page of RCMP Manitoba.

The two fugitives — 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky and 19-year-old Kam McLeod — are charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC lecturer Leonard Dyck. The men are also suspects in the deaths of Australian tourist Lucas Fowler and American tourist Chynna Deese.

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Police previously said the dive team had been called in to carry out “a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest.”

A police roadblock has been set up near Sundance, Man., as officers continue to search for the fugitives.

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Police confirm damaged boat found along Nelson River has prompted an underwater search for B.C. fugitives

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    Brennan Doherty is a work and wealth reporter with Star Calgary. Follow him on Twitter: @bren_doherty

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