July 20, 2024
This 'dead-end' Manitoba town is ‘the perfect place to get caught.’ So, where are the two B.C. fugitives?
Taylor said the insular nature of Gillam would help ensure the pair would be noticed if they resurfaced there.
Taylor said the insular nature of Gillam would help ensure the pair would be noticed if they resurfaced there.

Gillam is the end of the road.

Almost literally and, perhaps, figuratively as a manhunt for a pair of fugitives accused of killing three people continues in the remote, inhospitable area of northern Manitoba.

“It really is. The road ends here in Manitoba. This is the dead-end corner of the world,” said Jesse Taylor, a town employee who spends his free time in the wilderness that stretches in all directions around Gillam and nearby Fox Lake Cree Nation.

“I see it as the perfect place to get caught.”

That is a feature unlikely to have drawn Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18. If there was a plan beyond desperate flight and a road — any road — away, it might have been an attraction to the edge of the frontier.

It may sound easier to disappear on a road that disappears.

And, after days of police searching with dogs, drones, helicopters and patrols, the RCMP said Friday afternoon, that might be what the two fugitives have managed to do.

RCMP Cpl. Julie Courchaine said there have been no confirmed sightings of McLeod and Schmegelsky since Monday in the Gillam area and the search is still focused there, but she raised the possibility they’ve left.

The question is how?

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