RCMP complete search of river near Gillam, Man., for murder suspects 

The area has been the focus for more than a week in the hunt for the two men

click to enlarge The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team completes their work following the discovery of a boat on the shore of the Nelson River, northeast of Gillam, Man. in this handout photo provided August 5, 2019. RCMP say they will no longer be searching a river in northern Manitoba for two murder suspects.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
  • The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team completes their work following the discovery of a boat on the shore of the Nelson River, northeast of Gillam, Man. in this handout photo provided August 5, 2019. RCMP say they will no longer be searching a river in northern Manitoba for two murder suspects.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

The RCMP will no longer be searching a river in northern Manitoba for two murder suspects.

Mounties said the search of the river began after a damaged aluminum boat was discovered on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday, Aug.2.

The dive team arrived in Gillam and conducted an underwater search "of significant areas of interest'' on Sunday, Aug 4.

Police said the search team won't be conducting any more dives today, Aug 5.

A roadblock has been put in place in the Sundance, Man., area for other search efforts, but police declined to provide further details.

The area has been the focus for more than a week in the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, of Port Alberni. The two men are wanted in connection to the deaths of three people last month in B.C.

The news comes after police said Wednesday they would be scaling back the search in the Gillam area, which is where the last confirmed sighting of the pair was more than a week ago.

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