Ont. po­lice on look­out for mur­der sus­pects

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice have as­signed a team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors to look into a spike in tips re­gard­ing two young men wanted in mul­ti­ple murders in Bri­tish Columbia.

Po­lice said Fri­day the re­ports have come in from across the prov­ince, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors cannot con­firm at this time whether any of the sight­ings are, in fact, of 18-year-old Bryer Sch­megel­sky and 19-year-old Kam McLeod.

A few pos­si­ble sight­ings were re­ported in On­tario at a time when the hunt for the sus­pects was fo­cused in Man­i­toba, and those were dealt with by lo­cal de­tach­ments, said Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne.

But re­ports have been pour­ing in over re­cent days, with more than 30 com­ing in over eight hours Thurs­day, she said. As a re­sult, a team was cre­ated to in­ves­ti­gate the tips in a cen­tral­ized man­ner, in­clud­ing re­vis­it­ing ear­lier re­ports, she said.

While some re­ported sight­ings are quickly de­bunked, it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple send in their in­for­ma­tion, Dionne said.

“The more in­for­ma­tion (there is), it makes it eas­ier for us to fol­low up on... We can’t dis­miss it ei­ther if it’s vague or doesn’t have enough con­tent but it may take us longer to fil­ter through and try to fig­ure out was there any merit into this tip,” she said.

“We re­ally don’t want to dis­cour­age peo­ple from con­tin­u­ing to re­port be­cause it could be that one tip that might be le­git­i­mate, that might be a true sight­ing.”

The fact that so many peo­ple are flag­ging pos­si­ble sight­ings shows the case has cap­tured pub­lic at­ten­tion, she said.

“It’s telling us that peo­ple are lis­ten­ing to the news and peo­ple are be­ing ex­tra vig­i­lant... And there’s that height­ened sense of, ‘hey, we don’t know where they are, we don’t know where they may be, they could show up in my back­yard.”’

Pro­vin­cial po­lice are work­ing with the RCMP as they probe in­com­ing re­ports, Dionne said.

A man­hunt span­ning sev­eral prov­inces be­gan last week after Sch­megel­sky and McLeod were named as sus­pects in three killings.

Van­cou­ver re­searcher Leonard Dyck and Aus­tralian Lucas Fowler and his Amer­i­can girl­friend Chynna Deese were found dead last month in north­ern B.C.

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice warn the two sus­pects are con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous and should not be ap­proached.

RCMP HAND­OUT PHOTO

RCMP of­fi­cers look through a re­mote lake area along­side a landed he­li­copter in the Gil­lam, Man., area last Sun­day.

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