YORK LANDING, M.B. – The RCMP are sending all possible resources to the small community of York Landing after two individuals matching the description of the suspects were seen near the community on Sunday.
York Landing is approximately 200 km southwest of Gillam, and the RCMP has sent resources to the community to investigate a tip.
Situation is ongoing. All possible RCMP resources continue to be used in the area of York Landing to safely apprehend two individuals matching the description of the suspects. #rcmpmb
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019
The tip came from the members of the Bear Clan Patrol in York Landing. The group had been patrolling the community when they noticed two men matching the description of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemeglsky. The two men immediately ran back into the bush. The Bear Clan Patrol immediately shared the information with the RCMP and resources were dispatched to the area.
The Globe and Mail spoke with Travis Bighetty, a coordinator of Bear Clan, who said they saw the two men at the dump. In an interview with the Globe, Bighetty said one suspect was wearing a grey sweatshirt, and the other was in camouflage. “We’ve seen them in an area that is not frequented because there are bears in the territory or bears near the area, and so people avoid on foot, and it’s only accessible by vehicle.”
Mr. Bighetti said police radios weren’t working, so RCMP officers used gunfire as a means of communicating their location.
Spoke w/James Favel of Bear Clan Patrol by phone. Says Travis, Danielle & Justin in York Factory patrolling as requested by AMC. Spotted two men near dump, they took off. Police called. Says Travis is calm about the hole thing. RCMP in area now. #canadianmanhunt @GlobalNational
— Crystal Goomansingh (@cgoomansingh) July 29, 2019
Chief Leroy Constant of the York Factory First Nation shared on Sunday that residents should remain indoors with windows and doors locked. Patrols of the community will be done on a 24-hour basis.
On Sunday the RCMP said they had received over 200 tips in the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. This could be the first confirmed sighting of the suspects since last week when their vehicle was found burnt near Gillam.