The father of three slain Merritt children was arrested — and released — twice last week, RCMP said yesterday as a massive manhunt involving more than 20 officers searched the Interior community for the man.
Allan Dwayne Schoenborn, 40, who has a history of mental illness, was arrested at his children’s elementary school in Merritt Thursday for two counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm.
Schoenborn is a suspect in the deaths of his three children: Kaitlynne, 10, Max, 8, and Cordon, 5.
He was released on a surety following a hearing with a Judicial Justice of the Peace and was ordered to have no contact with the school’s principal or its students.
The children’s elementary school was closed yesterday.
Schoenborn was also arrested last week on an outstanding warrant, but further details were not available.
The three children were found dead about 2 p.m. Sunday when their mother returned home from shopping. Schoenborn was looking after the children in the woman’s absence.
Police said Schoenborn fled the trailer before the discovery. He may be dangerous and possibly hiding in the bush with a large dog name Van Gogh.
The woman and her children moved to Merritt from the Lower Mainland in the fall. Schoenborn had moved to the community of 7,000 as recently as last week.