As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues, we are able to provide the following update:
A search of the York Landing area, which included the use of helicopters, drones, military resources, and door to door canvasses, has been completed. RCMP is unable to substantiate the tip that the suspects had been in the area. The heavy police presence in York Landing has been withdrawn and policing resources in the community is back to normal. The RCMP thanks the community for their patience and understanding, and continues to remind residents to remain vigilant.
RCMP resources remain in the Gillam area and will continue to conduct searches in high probability areas for any signs of the suspects. The search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot and in the air.
The informational check-stop at PR 280 and PR 290, the road leading into Gillam, has been removed.
Officers have now completed their door to door canvasses in Fox Lake Cree Nation and the Town of Gillam. To date, over 500 homes have been visited by investigators.
The Royal Canadian Air Force continues to assist with the search.
Investigators have now received over 260 tips in the past seven days. None have established that the suspects are outside of the Gillam area. However, the RCMP continues to remind the public that it is possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance and are no longer in the area. We continue to investigate all possibilities.
Anyone with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police of jurisdiction.
It is critical that all Canadians remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately.