Manitoba RCMP confirm vehicle found at Gillam was driven by suspects

July 24, 2019 4:16 pm

RCMP confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a burned-out vehicle found east of Gillam, Manitoba Monday had been driven by two suspects in three BC murders.

Manitoba RCMP are now focusing their efforts on the Gillam area.

Manitoba RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Courchaine confirmed Wednesday that the vehicle found in bush on Fox Lake Cree Nation, about 50 kilometres north of Gillam, was driven by the B.C. fugitives.

Courchaine said RCMP have sent additional members to the area and officers have set up an informational checkstop on Highway 290, the one road leading in or out of Gillam and the link to Fox Lake.

Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief Walter Spence issued a statement Tuesday night, warning residents to be on guard, followed by a release from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., instructing area residents to be vigilant.

RCMP said the two men are both six-foot-four and weigh 169 pounds, adding that they may have changed their appearance and could be driving a different vehicle.

The two should be considered armed and dangerous. If spotted, people should not approach them but call 911.