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UPDATED: RCMP continues search for suspects

Assets from the Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Gillam earlier today to assist with the aerial search. — RCMP photo

As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues, RCMP are able to provide the following update.

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.

RCMP officers have started to canvass every home and building in the Gillam area as well as Fox Lake Cree Nation. The canvass began earlier this morning and is expected to last for another 48 hours.

In addition to the canvass, over 100 empty homes have been thoroughly searched in the Town of Gillam. Officers are also searching large abandoned buildings like the Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp, near Gillam, which has over 600 rooms.

Following a request from the RCMP, assets from the Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Gillam earlier today to assist with the aerial search.

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.

 RCMP continues ongoing search for suspects

RCMP in Manitoba provided an update as the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues.

Officers have conducted and continue to search high probability areas of interest in the Gillam area. Investigators continue to follow up on tips, review the physical and digital evidence collected, and share information with police forces across Canada.

Over the next 72 hours, investigators will conduct door-to-door canvases in the Town of Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation, in hopes of generating new tips and information. Residents in these areas can be assured that we are activating all necessary resources to protect public and officer safety.

"Our investigators are also exploring the possibility that the suspects may have inadvertently received assistance in leaving the area," the RCMP media release said.

"To restate, there have been no confirmed sightings outside of the Gillam area, however we remain open to the possibility."

RCMP said Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky may have changed their appearance. 

"It is possible that someone may not have been aware of who they were providing assistance to, and may now be hesitant to come forward. I want to reiterate the importance of contacting police immediately."

RCMP said 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.

RCMP would also like to  stress the importance of not creating and sharing online rumours.

"The spreading of false information in communities across Manitoba has created fear and panic."

Be assured that it is in our best interest to share CONFIRMED facts as soon as possible, both in advancing our investigation and with respect to public safety.