‘Several items’ linked to northern B.C. murder suspects found on Manitoba shoreline: RCMP

‘Several items’ linked to northern B.C. murder suspects found on Manitoba shoreline: RCMP

Manitoba RCMP have found “several items” linked to two young men wanted on second-degree murder charges along the shoreline near Gillam, Man.

“RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects,” the police force wrote in a brief news release Tuesday.

“That same day, a damaged boat was also found along the Nelson River.”

The items were located about nine kilometres from a burnt-out vehicle that was found near Gillam on July 22.

Five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team were immediately sent out after the discovery of the badly dented and mangled boat Friday afternoon northeast of Gillam. They arrived in the small Manitoba community — a focal point for the ongoing manhunt — on Saturday and began “a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest,” according to RCMP Manitoba.

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The underwater search has since ended, and did not yield any sign of the suspects, or any additional items associated with them.

The two fugitives are charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC lecturer Leonard Dyck. The men are also suspects in the deaths of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.

With files from Brennan Doherty and Rosa Saba

Alex McKeen is a Vancouver-based reporter covering transportation and labour. Follow her on Twitter: @alex_mckeen

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