RCMP divers search the Nelson River in northern Manitoba

RCMP confirm items by Nelson River connected to suspects

August 6, 2019 3:55 pm

Manitoba RCMP have confirmed that several items found on the shore of the Nelson River near Gillam on Friday have been directly linked the BC murder suspects thought to be in the area.

RCMP released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

"As the search for Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmelgsky continues, we are able to provide the following update.

"On August 2, 2019, RCMP located several items on the shoreline, approximately 9 km from where the burnt vehicle was located. RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects. That same day, a damaged boat was also recovered along the Nelson River.

"Based on this information, RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. On August 4, 2019, URT conducted a thorough underwater search approximately 29 metres around the location where the boat was found. The search did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects.

"The roadblock on PR 290 has been removed, but officers remain in the Gillam area.

"To ensure the integrity of the investigation, no further information about the items will be provided at this time."