Teen murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod may have had help escaping the small Canadian town where they were last seen, a source close to the investigation has claimed.
The pair have been charged with second-degree murder, and are sought in connection to the deaths of Australian man Lucas Fowler, US woman Chynna Deese, and Leonard Dyck of Vancouver.
They were last seen in Gillam, a one-road town of 1200 people in northern Manitoba, and though checkpoints were set up and extensive searches carried out, they have not been located.
Speaking to Fox News, the unnamed source claimed that the pair were seen “with someone who is not police friendly”, and speculated they may have offered cash to a driver to assist them in leaving the area.
Per the most recent official statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, officials are not ruling out the possibility that the pair might have fled:
“[There] have been no new sightings of the suspects and no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area. However, our investigators remain open to the possibility and continue to ask anyone who may have inadvertently provided assistance to the suspects to come forward and contact police.”
Military personnel arrived in Gillam overnight to assist in an aerial search for the pair, at the request of the RCMP.
Following a request from the RCMP, a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules & personnel arrived in Gillam earlier today to assist with the aerial search.#rcmpmb @RCAF_ARC @CFOperations pic.twitter.com/qW2PBgZdJL— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 27, 2019
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were originally reported missing before they were announced as suspects in the investigation on Tuesday.
Police have asked all Canadians to remain on the lookout for the pair.