Father arrested in Canadian child killings case

Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:18pm EDT
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A Canadian father was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of his three young children and local media said a hunter had tracked him down in rugged bush country.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Allan Schoenborn was discovered near Merritt, British Columbia, the community where his children -- a girl and two boys aged 10, 8 and 5 -- were found dead by their mother in her trailer home on April 6.

Police provided few other details on the arrest but said Schoenborn, 40, was in their custody. It was not immediately clear what, if any, criminal charges had been filed.

Schoenborn had been the subject of a manhunt since the children's bodies were found in the central British Columbia town, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Vancouver.

Local media reported that a Merritt man skilled in wilderness tracking was searching for Schoenborn with hunting dogs and found him hiding about 10 km outside the community.

The tracker told a Kamloops, British Columbia, radio station that Schoenborn was in rough shape when found. He said that Schoenborn asked him if he planned to shoot him.

Police had been criticized for not telling residents that Schoenborn was a suspect in the killings until more than 12 hours after the murders were discovered, which could have allowed him to escape the area.

Schoenborn, who was estranged from the children's mother, lived in Vancouver, where he worked as a roofer.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, Editing by Peter Galloway)