Despite receiving a “credible tip” Sunday that two teen murder suspects sought in a national manhunt were spotted in Manitoba, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday they were unable to substantiate the lead. A member of indigenous group Bear Clan Patrol, Travis Bighetty, said Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, might have been in York Landing looking for food near a dump, about 18 miles from their last confirmed spotting in Split Lake. Bighetty said he walked up to the two men and they ran away into the woods once they saw him approach.
The RCMP deployed dogs, drones, and snipers but were unable to confirm the two suspects wanted in possible connection with three murders in northern British Columbia were the two men spotted at the dump. The update comes after reports that the pair were stopped as part of a routine traffic check for alcohol in the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, about 100 miles from Split Lake, but were let go as they did not have any alcohol. Councilor Nathan Neckoway told Global News the community wasn’t aware of the teens’ wanted status at the time. “Apparently after they came to our community, that’s when they sent out that ‘wanted,’” he said.