RCMP dive team ends search of Nelson River for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky

An RCMP helicopter searches for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, near Gillam, Man. on July 29, 2019. Photo by RCMP.

UPDATE: The Manitoba RCMP said Monday that the Underwater Recovery Team (URT) has completed its search of the Nelson River for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, and will not be conducting any further dives.

On Saturday RCMP announced they were sending divers to the river northeast of Gillam.

The URT began conducting an underwater search of a section of the Nelson River on Sunday after a rowboat was spotted washed up on the shore by RCMP officers in a helicopter, Friday afternoon.

According to the Globe and Mail, investigators believe that the flat-bottom aluminum boat had gone through some rapids and had been significantly damaged.

It’s not known whether the boat was used by the two fugitives.

The Nelson River flows north from Lake Winnipeg to Hudson Bay.

The dive team was the latest attempt by RCMP to bring closure to the manhunt but they found nothing.

A police roadblock was set up near Sundance Creek to allow RCMP to conduct additional searches in the area.

The roadblock was removed by mid-afternoon Monday.

Last week, RCMP said they were winding down the search in the Gillam area for McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18 after the police and military searched 11,000 square kilometres without finding any evidence that the two Port Alberni teens were there.

The focus also shifted to York Landing after a member of the Bear Clan community patrol group from Winnipeg said they spotted two people who matched the description of the fugitives near a landfill.

RCMP immediately deployed multiple resources to the small First Nations community in northern Manitoba.

However, the tip turned up empty and the hunt returned to Gillam.


The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 near Gillam. The following day a stolen Toyota RAV4, they were travelling in was found burnt-out north of the town and they disappeared.

Before the Gillam sighting, First Nations Band Constables from the Tataskweyak Cree Nation near Split Lake, stopped McLeod and Schmegelsky, then let them go.

Split Lake, is about 170 kilometres west of Gillam. Source: google maps.

The MB RCMP have been trying to locate the triple murder suspects in the Gillam area for 2 weeks and still haven’t put eyes on them.

They are wanted by BC RCMP for the killings of Australian Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck of Vancouver. All three were murdered along highways in northern British Columbia.


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Fowler, 23, and Deese, 24, were gunned down on the Alaska Highway, July 15.

The body of Dyck, 64, was located July 19, south of Dease Lake on Highway 37.

The RCMP hunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky has drawn intense media attention from Canadian, American and Australian news organizations.

Gillam is located 1,000 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.