Damaged Boat a Dead End in Manhunt for Canadian Teens

But divers turned up nothing in the Nelson River
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2019 10:50 AM CDT
Rapid River Scoured in Manhunt for Canadian Teens
Security camera images recorded in Saskatchewan of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are displayed as Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett steps away from the podium after speaking during a news conference in Surrey, BC, on July 23, 2019.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian authorities made clear a week ago that they aren't ending the search for two teens who are suspected of murdering three people in British Columbia, but that search effort has yet again borne no fruit. ABC News reports the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent an underwater recovery team into part of the Nelson River in Manitoba on Sunday after a damaged aluminum boat was spotted on the shore during an aerial search. "It had gone through some rapids and had been significantly damaged," a police inspector told the Globe and Mail of the boat.

The CBC describes the river as a rapidly moving one "hundreds of meters wide." The divers reviewed "significant areas of interest" over the course of several hours but turned up nothing. The police said no additional dives are planned, but the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, now continues in its third week. (Schmegelsky's dad had a message for his son: "RIP.")

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