A fugitive who is the prime suspect in the deaths of his three children and was captured by a local Merritt hunter after 10 days on the run was taken to hospital yesterday, missing a scheduled court appointment.
Allan Dwayne Schoenborn was found starving and severely dehydrated by hunter Kim Robinson. Schoenborn, 40, the father of three fled from the scene where the bodies of his daughter and two sons were discovered.
Schoenborn was so emaciated that Robinson at first didn’t recognize him and then thought he was a drug addict because he looked so worn out.
“He was just like a broken guy,” said Robinson yesterday. “I gave him two bottles of water and he pounded it down right away.”
For fifteen minutes, Robinson said he and Schoenborn talked, but the police have asked him not to reveal what was said between them.
RCMP Constable Annie Linteau said yesterday the decision to move Schoenborn to a hospital in Kamloops, about an hour away from Merritt, was not made by police. “The decision was made at the hospital,” said Linteau. “It was felt he should be moved.”
Interior Health spokeswoman Darshan Lindsay said Schoenborn was under hospital care at Royal Inland Hospital.