UPDATE – As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmeglsky continues, we are able to provide the following update.
On Friday afternoon, RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.
Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today.
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There will be no access to media of the dive area or to the divers.
Updates will continue to be provided by News Release and on the Manitoba RCMP social media accounts.
GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP are sending an underwater recovery team to the Nelson River near Gillam.
The RCMP are still searching for the Gillam area for Bryer Schemeglsky and Kam McLeod. The two were last seen in the area on July 22, 2019.
The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team will arrive in Gillam Saturday night and will start searching the Nelson River on Sunday.
There is no official word on why the dive team was called in, but a reporter with the Globe and Mail tweeted the following.
While driving north from Fox Lake Cree Nation on PR 290 this aft @RenataDAliesio and I were turned back by RCMP. A rowboat the police found banged up in the Nelson River May have spurred them to bring in a dive team. Renata’s story: https://t.co/9QAdL2ZI57#canadamanhunt pic.twitter.com/5wwEwsM8GG
— 🚀Melissa Tait (@meltait) August 4, 2019
The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.
Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba. In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province. So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips.
Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911. Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.
According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20. The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later. This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta.
The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba. The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.