Canada police hunt for father of 3 slain children

Mon Apr 7, 2008 6:04pm EDT
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian police conducted a manhunt on Monday for the father of three young children found murdered in their mother's home in a small town in British Columbia.

Allan Schoenborn, 40, is believed to fled the scene in Merritt, British Columbia, immediately after the killings on Sunday and may be hiding in the nearby bush country, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

A police statement said they were searching for Schoenborn as part of a homicide investigation, but did not formally allege he was the killer.

Residents told local media the family had only recently moved to the community about 200 km (120 miles) northeast of Vancouver, and the mother had discovered the children's bodies when she returned to the trailer home after running errands.

Police said Schoenborn did not live with the children, who were all under the age of 10, but had access to them.

The RCMP said Schoenborn had left the area before the bodies were discovered, but there was no evidence to support reports that he had killed himself after the incident. He had recently said he wanted to camp in the bush with his dog, they said.

Schoenborn was arrested last week in Merritt for an incident at an elementary school in which he was alleged to have uttered threats. He was ordered not to have contact with the school, its principal or the students.

(Reporting Allan Dowd; Editing by Rob Wilson)