Father suspected in Canada child killings arrested

Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:40pm 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 after local residents discovered him hiding 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.

Schoenborn, 40, has not been formally charged, but police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

Police had been searching for Schoenborn since the bodies were found, but it was two residents of the small British Columbia ranching and logging town about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Vancouver who ended up catching him.

An unidentified man thought he spotted Schoenborn not far from town, and alerted a local hunter, Kim Robinson, who had been conducting his own daily searches. Robinson then tracked down Schoenborn with his dog and called police.

"Somebody came across him while walking their dog. That's sometimes how these things go," Staff Sgt. Scott Tod told reporters. "We don't know where Mr. Schoenborn has been hiding over the last 10 days."

Schoenborn was treated for dehydration. Robinson told a local radio station Schoenborn asked when caught if the hunter was going to shoot him.

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

He had been arrested only two days before the kid's deaths for allegedly threatening an official at his daughter's school in Merritt, but a court official had rejected a police request that he be kept in jail after that incident.

(Reporting Allan Dowd; Editing by Eric Walsh)