Eyewitnesses have also recalled spotting McLeod and Schmegelsky twice in the Gillam area of Manitoba, on July 22. On the same day, McLeod and Schmegelsky were stopped for a routine alcohol check by Tataskweyak Cree Nation band constables in Split Lake, Manitoba. The pair was eventually released, marking the interaction with band constables as the last confirmed sighting of the suspects, as of July 22. By 24 July, the RCMP had deployed the Emergency Response Team, crisis negotiation team, air services and canine units to Gillam and its surrounding area. A checkpoint had been set up at the intersection of Provincial Roads 280 and 290, with heavily armed officers canvassing the area. The RCMP had acknowledged the 'inhospitable' environment with dense forests, swampy terrain, and wild animals. After almost a week of unsuccessful search attempts for the murder suspects in Gillam, the RCMP received a new tip on July 28. Travis Bighetty and Justin Coelho of the Indigenous Bear Clan Patrol spotted two persons with "matching descriptions" of the wanted men at the York Landing community landfill, 200 kilometres southwest of Gillam.