Father of manhunt teen launches complaint against RCMP, says he found out about deaths via media

VANCOUVER—Nine months after a weeks-long manhunt for two B.C. teens suspected in three killings came to an end with the recovery of their bodies in Manitoba’s deep brush, the RCMP is investigating a complaint into its own actions during the search.

At the heart of the complaint is whether the police force, which spent 17 days and $1.5 million on the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in both B.C. and Manitoba, failed to properly inform and keep contact with the father of one of the suspects.

The complaint means the RCMP and the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) will need to review the Mounties’ handling of the case that captured national attention last summer — but experts say the independent body has little ability to enforce discipline on its findings.


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