Dthey young Canadians suspected of triple murder still escaped Friday the police launched after them. Since Tuesday, the village of Gillam, near Hudson Bay, is on the alert, scene of this manhunt to try to find Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 years.
Both are considered "armed" and "dangerous", warns the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, Federal Police), which calls on the public not to approach them.
The fugitives ended up in this village more than 1,000 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital, after a 3,000-kilometer drive by car from British Columbia.
Tracked dogs, drones, armored trucks: police officers dressed in combat gear and armed to the teeth concentrate their research in the dense forest, sometimes impenetrable, around Gillam.
"Insects are atrocious"
For mayor Dwayne Forman, the conditions on the ground make it difficult for the police, but even more so for the fugitives. "They compete against brutal ground. It is a marshy area, densely wooded. In the swamps, the insects are atrocious, "he told CTV.
Black bears abound in the area, sometimes visited by polar bears from Hudson Bay, 150 km away, according to Forman. "I would be extremely surprised if they could survive long here."
"Once the sun sets, mosquitoes swarm, enough to drive you crazy," says Clint Sawchuk, owner of an outdoor company. "If they do not have a vehicle, then they are on foot and it must be very hard for them," said retired RCMP policeman Sherry Benson-Podolchuk.
"They do not have the training, they do not have all the equipment needed to survive for several days without water or food," she says. "The weather is good for the police because these kids are not prepared for what they live if they are in the forest," says Peter German, a former senior federal police official.
"We would simply hope that they surrender and that no harm is done to them, or the police or the people," he concluded.