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'Many questions remain' says Port Alberni mayor after manhunt ends

Last Updated Aug 8, 2019 at 5:18 am PDT

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Summary

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions took to Facebook to express her support for the RCMP in the manhunt in Manitoba

She says the community must now come together and support one another

Murder suspects Kam McMeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were from the Vancouver Island community

PORT ALBERNI (NEWS 1130) – Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions says many questions remain after two bodies were found in northern Manitoba, believed to be those of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.

The two men were suspects in three murders that took place in northern B.C. They were from the community on Vancouver Island.

Minions issued a statement to express her thanks for the RCMP and Canadian military operation that has been investigating the case, which has garnered international attention.

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“Although I am relieved the search appears to have come to a conclusion, I recognize this is difficult news for the families of the two suspects,” says Minions. “My thoughts are also with the families of the victims who have suffered unimaginable loss. This has been a tragic series of events, and it has been a difficult time for everyone, including residents of our community.”

She says that the City will continue to provide support to the investigation.

“We all want answers as to what led to this tragic series of events, but we must be patient and understand that it takes time to conduct an in-depth investigation. Speculation is not helpful. I also ask that the privacy of the families be respected.”