RCMP searching for murder suspects in York Landing, Man.

RCMP searching for murder suspects in York Landing, Man.

The manhunt for two young men suspected in the killing of three people in Canada shifted to a remote community of about 500 after police received a tip on the suspects' whereabouts, authorities said Monday.

As the almost week-long search for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and 19-year-old Kam McLeod continued, RCMP said it's critical that all Canadians remain vigilant until the duo is apprehended.

Despite a credible tip coming in on Sunday, Mounties in Manitoba say they haven't been able to substantiate reports that two people spotted in York Landing were indeed the Vancouver Island men wanted in B.C.

York Landing is around 200 kilometres southwest of Gillam, Manitoba, where RCMP and the military had been focusing their search efforts over the last week. "Our goal today remains to safely locate and apprehend the individuals and confirm their identities".

Chief Leroy Constant with the York Factory First Nations told NEWS 1130 his community is on edge.

The Indian reserve had a population of 443 in 2016.

Courchaine said during the news conference that the terrain around York Landing is very similar to the rough, unforgiving wilderness around Gillam.

James Favel of the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous-led neighbourhood watch group, said it was some of his group's volunteers who contacted police after seeing two suspicious men while patrolling York Landing on Sunday afternoon.

The RCMP also made a plea for the public not to share the location of officers on social media.

The Canadian Air Force provided two planes to help with the search: a C-130 Hercules, manned with trained search-and-rescue spotters, and a CP-140 Aurora, a long-range patrol plane equipped with a sophisticated surveillance system, including infrared cameras and imaging radar.

Schmegelsky and McLeod, both from Port Alberni, B.C., are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck. "The safety of community members is our priority".

"We remind residents to stay inside and check all doors and windows to ensure they are closed and locked".

Officers continue to search the area, he said on Sunday evening, but heavy winds are limiting the use of helicopters and drones.

Before the weekend, authorities announced they planned to conduct door-to-door searches for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, near Gillam, a town of just over 1,200 people situated along the Nelson River in Canada's northeast Manitoba province.

"Despite reports - there is no one in custody at this time", police confirmed after a flurry of speculation on social media.

McLeod and Schmegelsky are suspected of killing Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and United States citizen Chynna Deese, 24, and have been charged with the death of Canadian, Leonard Dyck, 64. Their bodies were found 12 miles (20km) south of Liard Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway.

Locals say conditions are brutal and that the suspects, if on foot and unprepared, would have difficulty surviving for long.

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