RCMP sends divers to Manitoba river in hunt for Port Alberni pair

The town of Gillam Man. RCMP Canadian Forces and the Bear Clan Patrol have been searching in Gillam for two suspects charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck 64 and wanted in connection with the double homicide of Lucas Fowler

RCMP sends divers to Manitoba river in hunt for Port Alberni pair

Since then, sightings have been coming in thick and fast, with people claiming to have spotted the duo thousands of kilometres away in the neighbouring province of Ontario.

The bodies of Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and his North Carolina girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, were found in a ditch on the side of a BC highway.

The RCMP have announced that to assist in the ongoing search for the two suspects wanted in connection to homicides in British Columbia, the Manitoba RCMP's Underwater Recovery Team (URT) will be arriving in Gillam tonight - Saturday, Aug. 3. Gillam is located near its banks.

RCMP searching for two British Columbia murder suspects say they spotted a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River in northern Manitoba.

"Even with this extraordinary effort, we have not had any confirmed sightings of the suspects" since their torched vehicle was found outside Gillam on July 23, said RCMP spokeswoman Jane MacLatchy during a press conference Wednesday.

"It had gone through some rapids and had been significantly damaged", Insp Fiedler told the Globe and Mail.

"We're going to search in the area around where we found this boat just to make sure that there is nobody attached to it, whether that is our subjects or anyone else for that matter". Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation. The small, remote nature of Gillam - it has 1,200 residents and only one road connecting it with the rest of the province - has led to speculation that the suspects may have attempted to escape the area on foot or via boat rather than remain in a setting where they would eventually be identified.

On July 25, the teens were charged for second-degree murder for the death of Canadian Leonard Dyck. The couple was found dead on July 15 on the Alaska Highway.

The OPP said it received more than 30 tips in less than eight hours on Thursday. Some experts have speculated that they may be dead. They did not say what, if any, information spurred the decision.

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