Canada Murders: Teens Suspected in Killing Spree Found Dead After Manhunt

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are believed to be behind the double murder of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend.

After a 15-day manhunt in the Canadian wilderness, two teenagers suspected in at least three murders have been found dead, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced Wednesday.

“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,” authorities said on Twitter.

Police believe Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are behind the slayings of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and his 24-year-old American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, whose bodies were discovered on July 15 off of the Alaska Highway, about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs.

The two teenagers are also suspected in the death of 64-year-old botanist Leonard Dyck, whose body was found next to their burned-out pickup truck on July 19.

On Wednesday, they were found dead near the shoreline of Nelson, almost three weeks after they were last seen in the Gillam area on July 22. Authorities previously said McLeod and Schmegelsky told their parents they were going to Alberta in search of “work” and would not have cell service.

“Our officers knew we needed just one piece of evidence to move the search forward & on Friday, August 2nd, the items found on the shoreline of the Nelson River & directly linked to the suspects, enables officers to narrow down the search,” authorities said.

An autopsy for both bodies is being scheduled in Winnipeg.

Fowler and Deese were killed while on a two-week road trip through Canada. The couple, who met while Deese was working at a hostel in Croatia, were last seen hugging at a gas station while waiting for their blue 1986 Chevrolet van to fill up, according to CCTV footage released earlier this month.

British Deese, the 24-year-old’s brother, told NBC News the couple were experienced travelers who had visited several countries together. Canadian police have not yet confirmed the couple’s cause of death, but said they appeared to have been “shot.”

“It really must have been something to catch them off guard and some form of just terrible evil that should not exist in this world,” he told the news station. “I just hope they get caught, and I hope this never happens to anyone else like this.”

Stephen Fowler, Lucas’ father and a senior official in the New South Wales police force, traveled to British Columbia after the news and told reporters last week that his family is “distraught.”

“We are just distraught,” he said after a police news conference. “This has really torn two families apart. Our son Lucas was having the time of his life traveling the world. He met a beautiful young lady. And they teamed up, they were a great pair, and they fell in love.”

Fowler and Deese were killed while on a two-week road trip through Canada. The couple, who met while Deese was working at a hostel in Croatia, were last seen hugging at a gas station while waiting for their blue 1986 Chevrolet van to fill up, according to CCTV footage released earlier this month.

British Deese, the 24-year-old’s brother, told NBC News the couple were experienced travelers who had visited several countries together. Canadian police have not yet confirmed the couple’s cause of death, but said they appeared to have been “shot.”

“It really must have been something to catch them off guard and some form of just terrible evil that should not exist in this world,” he told the news station. “I just hope they get caught, and I hope this never happens to anyone else like this.”

Stephen Fowler, Lucas’ father and a senior official in the New South Wales police force, traveled to British Columbia after the news and told reporters last week that his family is “distraught.”

“We are just distraught,” he said after a police news conference. “This has really torn two families apart. Our son Lucas was having the time of his life traveling the world. He met a beautiful young lady. And they teamed up, they were a great pair, and they fell in love.”

 

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