The Royal Canadian Mounted Police called on residents of York Landing, a small community in Manitoba on the eastern bank of the Nelson River, to "stay inside and check all the doors and windows to make sure they are closed and locked . "
Investigators had focused the search over the weekend on Gillam, a close-knit community of about 1,000 people, before directing their efforts about 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of York Landing.
"The situation is still in progress and all potential RCMP resources continue to be used in the York Landing area to arrest two people who match the description of the suspects," the RCMP Manitoba Report said.
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The RCMP claimed to search cottages, cabins and waterways and other areas in and around York Landing for the suspects.
The murders shocked the nation.
The bodies of the young couple – an American, Chynna Deese, 24, and her Australian friend, Lucas Fowler, 23 – were found two weeks ago on a remote highway in northern British Columbia. The authorities said the two had been shot dead. Fowler's blue 1986 Chevrolet van sat nearby.
"It is devastating to lose someone who is so young and alive, who has traveled the world and simply enjoys life to the fullest," Fowler's family said in a statement shortly after they learned the news of the killings would have. "To know his beautiful friend Chynna Deese from Charlotte, North Carolina, who died in this violent event is too cruel."
Deese's mother said that her daughter loved traveling and was away for a long time – but she always came home.
When the police searched for clues to the couple's murder, they found the body of Leonard Dyck, a Vancouver botanist, about 500 km from the previous scene. According to the authorities, a burned-out caravan – presumably used by the two suspects – was near Dyck's body.