Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

Teen Canadian fugitives 'took their own lives'

Teen Canadian fugitives 'took their own lives'

According to Canada's Global News, the Manitoba Medical Examiner completed the autopsies of two bodies, confirming they belong to the two men.

Kam McLeod, 19 and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend in northern British Columbia, and charged with the second-degree murder of Leonard Dyck, are seen in a combination of still images from undated CCTV taken in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) July 26, 2019.

McLeod, 19 and Schmegelsky, whose 19th birthday was on August 4, from Port Alberni, B.C., were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.

The teens' bodies were found in "dense brush" about 5 miles from where the burned-out vehicle was located, said Jane MacLatchy, assistant commissioner of the Manitoba RCMP. Investigators are still working to confirm if the guns were used in the deaths.

Police say once their review is complete officers will share the findings with the families prior to releasing any information publicly.

A police helicopter initially spotted a damaged boat along the Nelson River about two weeks ago and a follow-up search in the area uncovered the items directly linked to the two in what authorities described as very challenging terrain.

Investigators are now analyzing all items located in Manitoba in an attempt to get more clarity on Dyck, Fowler and Deese's deaths. Police discovered Dyck's body four days later close to where the suspect's burning truck had been found.

The manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky led to Gillam, where Dyck's Toyota Rav 4 was found burned.

Police have said it may be hard to determine a motive for the killings because the suspects are dead.

They are now examining the guns to see if they were the same weapons used to shoot dead Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, his United States girlfriend Chynna Deese and botanist Leonard Dyck.

Schmegelsky's father Alan told 60 Minutes the fugitive his son became was not the person he knew.

Police said at the time they were confident the bodies were those of the B.C. fugitives, and an autopsy was conducted in Winnipeg to identify them.

The RCMP said Monday that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been dead for a number of days before their bodies were found near Gillam, Manitoba.

Fowler, the son of a chief inspector with the New South Wales Police Department, was living in British Columbia and Deese was visiting him.

At a tight-lipped press conference, police offered little information beyond that they believed the bodies were Schmegelsky and McLeod.

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