The search is over. At 10am this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the BC suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River (approx 8km from the burnt vehicle).
Schmegelsky and McLeod were wanted in connection to three murders that took place in B.C.
Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said at a press conference that she is “confident” the bodies belong to the suspects, but cannot confirm until autopsy results are determined.
Schmegelsky and McLeod are the main suspects in the double homicide of Australian Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese of North Carolina.
Schmegelsky and McLeod were charged with second degree murder in the death of Vancouver man Leonard Dyck.
There has been a cross-country manhunt by the RCMP, local police and the Canadian military.
Police had originally described Schmegelsky and McLeod as missing persons before naming them as main suspects in the murders on Tuesday, July 23.
RCMP said they found “several items” directly linked to the suspects along the banks of the Nelson River on Saturday.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were the Primary Suspects in Three Murders
On July 15. the bodies of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler were found on the side of a remote section of road on the Alaska Highway, 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs. Deese, 24, and Fowler, 23, were shot to death while on a three-week road trip through Canada to Alaska. According to RCMP Schmegelsky and McLeod are the primary suspects in the vicious double homicide.
Four days after the bodies of Deese and Fowler were found, a burnt out truck belonging to the suspects was found on Highway 37 near Dease Lake in B.C., 470 kilometres southwest of the double homicide. A third murder victim, Leonard Dyck, was discovered 2 km away from the burnt truck on July 19. According to RCMP, McLeod and Schmegelsky have been charged with one count of second-degree murder in Dyck’s death.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. They were originally on the run in B.C before traveling half way across the country in a stolen Rav4 which they then burned outside of Gillam, Manitoba.