Northern B.C. murders: RCMP scale back search in York Landing

Mounties in Manitoba are scaling back in York Landing as they regroup their search for two teens wanted for three murders in northern B.C.

Emergency response and major crime teams have already left the community, York Factory First Nation Chief Leroy Constant said in an update Monday. Ten officers will remain in the community overnight before leaving by ferry in the morning.

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Police have spent the last 24 hours searching for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.

The two are wanted on Canada-wide arrest warrants for the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university professor, near Dease Lake on July 19. They are also suspects in the killings of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, both international tourists, near Liard Hot Springs on July 15.

A community patrol believed it had spotted the teens at the York Landing landfill on Sunday afternoon, but Manitoba RCMP say they’ve been unable to confirm the claim after a "thorough and exhaustive" search of the area.

The search returns 90 kilometres northwest to Gillam, where the pair was last confirmed to have been seen on July 22, and where the vehicle they were last seen driving was found on fire.

RCMP have spent the last week searching homes, cottages, cabins, abandoned buildings, rail lines, and waterways in the Gillam area. The military has sent in a Hercules aircraft to help with the search by air.

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