Canadian authorities are swarming a small town after two “tall, slender individuals” matching the description of the suspected killers of Australian tourist Lucas Fowler were spotted foraging at a dump.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have so far evaded a six-day cross-country manhunt.
They are both 193cm tall and weigh just 77kg.
Two members of the Bear Clan, an indigenous community policing group, possibly spotted the suspects on Sunday afternoon at York Landing in what appears to be the most significant tip in the frantic search for the duo in a remote area of northern Manitoba.
“They fit the description of what was given in the RCMP report,” Bear Clan member Travis Bighetty, who travelled hundreds of kilometres from Winnipeg to help in the search, told CBC.
“It didn’t click right away, it took a few moments.”
He said bears were also in the area.
All efforts are being made in York Landing to apprehend two individuals matching the description of the suspects. The safety of community members is our priority. We remind residents to stay inside & check all doors & windows to ensure they are closed & locked. #rcmpmb
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019
The dump is about 90km southwest of the town of Gillam, where the duo allegedly torched a Toyota RAV4 on Monday and were presumed to have fled into thick bushland on foot.
The RCMP has deployed a huge contingent of officers in the area and a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules is conducting air surveillance along with drones and helicopters.
McLeod and Schmegelsky are considered armed and dangerous after allegedly beginning a killing spree in Canada’s western province of British Columbia two weeks ago.
They are accused of shooting dead Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and his North Carolina girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, on the side of a freeway.