The two Canadian teens suspected of murdering at least three people, including an American woman, may have escaped with the help of “someone who is not police friendly.”
That’s according to Fox News, which is citing an unnamed source who is reportedly close to the investigation.
Law enforcement is conducting a nationwide manhunt for the teens, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky. The pair was last seen in the town of Gillam in northern Manitoba.
McLeod and Schmegelsky may have altered their physical appearance and could have paid someone to drive them out of town, the source also told Fox News.
“Truly you wouldn’t want to stick yourself in a small town when all of Canada is looking for you,” the source told the cable news channel. “If they left Gillam, they’d likely head to a bigger center where they’d blend in and could find food.”
On Saturday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a statement that said there have been no new sightings of the suspects and no additional information that would suggest they have left the Gilliam 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,” the statement added.
A resident of Cold Lake, Alberta, unwittingly helped the two accused murderers extricate a Toyota Rav-4 they were driving from a trail on July 21.
McLeod and Schmegelsky have been charged with murdering Vancouver professor Leonard Dyck, 64, and are suspects in the shooting deaths of Chynna Deese, 24, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, who hails from Australia.
The bodies of Deese and Fowler were discovered July 15 along a highway in Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia.
Dyck’s body was found five days later, also along a Canadian highway.
Authorities said Thursday that the suspects were spotted in the Gillam area, which is about 2,000 miles from where the bodies were located.
Police have since been searching every home and structure in the area, including abandoned buildings such as the Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp, which has upwards of 600 rooms.
The Royal Canadian Air Force also has been called in to help with air searches.
Authorities on Sunday morning searched a train for the two suspects before allowing it to depart Gillam, according to Renata D’Aliesio of the Globe and Mail.
Complicating the manhunt is the physical environment of the area. Gillam is densely wooded, swampy and teeming with large sand flies that bite and suck blood. Bears are also common there.
According to Fox News’ source, one family member of the suspects described the pair as “skilled survivalists,” although the two have no known professional survivalist training.
“You can play war games in the woods but this is the real world,” the source reportedly said.
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[[Featured image: Kam McLeod, Chynna Deese & Lucas Fowler (L)/Police Handout]
*Editor’s Note*: Story updated to reflect Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were not married.