Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

RCMP confident bodies found near Gillam, Man. are B.C. homicide suspects

RCMP confident bodies found near Gillam, Man. are B.C. homicide suspects

Four days later, the body of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a professor at the University of British Columbia, was found at a highway pullout located approximately 470 kilometres southwest of where Fowler and Deese were killed.

The bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were discovered on the side of a river in remote Manitoba, Canada.

Their bodies were found about five miles from where a auto thought to be stolen by the pair was located last month, and close to where they were reportedly last seen July 22.

The search area outnumbers the vast distance that Schmegelsky and McLeod must have travelled to arrive in Manitoba.

Police said they will not release his cause of death out of respect for his family.

Until today, the RCMP had been conducting a far-reaching manhunt throughout northern Manitoba for the suspects. Deese, Fowler's American girlfriend, was buried in her home state of North Carolina July 27.

Linking arms and traversing ground, as is normally done in search operations, was out of the question, Assistant Commissioner MacLatchy said.

Police urged residents of York Landing, a small community in Manitoba located along the eastern bank of the Nelson River, to remain inside, lock their doors and report anything suspicious. On Wednesday morning, two bodies were found in dense brush, about a kilometer from where the items were found and eight kilometers from Dyck's burnt-out vehicle near Gillum.

Mr Fowler and Ms Deese had been on a road trip and their old Chevrolet van broke down, leaving them stranded in a remote area.

RCMP assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett said in Surrey, B.C., "We believe they are in fact the individuals we were searching for".

"The closure is here for Gillam and the Fox Lake area".

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Julie Courchaine said they are investigating all possibilities including the possibility that the suspects might have drowned.

Madison Hempsted, who shared a class with Schmegelsky when they were both 13, revealed to Global News that he had a habit of making some very disturbing comments.

"It reads in part,"'you have become a nuisance to us and our neighbours", and says the family will not be making any statement.

Police said it's hard to guess what may have been the motive behind the three killings - and it may be impossible now if the bodies are indeed those of the two men. Hackett said there's no other suspects and police are confident there's no further risk to the public.

But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games.

Alan Schmegelsky said he didn't believe that his son identified as a neo-Nazi, but that he did think the memorabilia was "cool".

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