B.C. store workers say they spotted suspect wanted in Merritt child murders

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CHERRYVILLE, B-C - Two women are convinced the suspect wanted in the week-old murders of his three children in Merritt, B-C came into their gas and liquor store last week.
Two clerks claim a man came into the Cherryville Emporium, 200 kilometres east of Merritt, on Wednesday afternoon to return some empty beer cans, bought some rolling papers and sat on the bench outside.
Deanna Holland says it wasn't until a few hours later, while watching the evening news, that she called her co-worker Wendy Mazu and concluded the diminutive man who'd been in their store looked exactly like 40-year-old Allan Schoenborn.
He's wanted in last Sunday's stabbing deaths of his three children, aged five, eight and 10.
Holland and Mazu say they immediately called the R-C-M-P's tip line, but got no response.
They called again the next day, and still no officers came to the store.
It was four days after the initial call to the R-C-M-P, and two hours after C-T-V broadcast their story Saturday night, that a Mountie showed up to take their statement.
Constable Annie Linteau acknowledges the lapse, but says it was an isolated incident.

Geographic location: Merritt, CHERRYVILLE

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