Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Bodies of B.C. fugitives found in Manitoba: RCMP

Bodies of B.C. fugitives found in Manitoba: RCMP

The pair was on the run for almost three weeks before the damaged rowboat and the items were found. BC Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett said that with both suspects allegedly dead, it will be hard for them to know what the motive was.

Even with the apparent deaths of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, it is incumbent upon the RCMP to keep pursuing their investigation as if they were going to take the case to court, says Wayne Fowler, a retired homicide detective with the Toronto Police Service.

At this time, Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy says the autopsies will confirm a cause of death, as well as confirm the identities of the two bodies found.

McLeod and Schmegelsky's bodies were found almost 2,000 miles away from the bodies of Deese, Fowler, and Dyck.

Ms Deese's brother, British Deese, said the family needed time to process the news that the suspects' bodies were apparently found.

RCMP search an area near Gillam, Man.in this photo posted to their Twitter page on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

The RCMP said the item was discovered while six search team officers completed a ground search in Gillam around the location where the two bodies and a burnt vehicle were found.

Four days after the shocking July 15 discovery, Leonard Dyck, a university botanist, was found dead on another BC highway.

The RCMP says they have spoken with the victims' family members on the discovery of the two bodies.

Payne said the murders put a scare into the town's residents, prompting them to lock their doors, watch children closely and take notice of strangers.

The two teenagers were wanted for the murders of Lucas Fowler, 23, and Chynna Deese, 24, as well as Canadian biology professor Leonard Dyck, 64.

Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were murdered soon after this CCTV showed them embracing at a petrol station.

The remote community had been the focus of an exhaustive investigative effort to locate McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, whose 19th birthday was August 4, after key evidence and a confirmed sighting traced them to the unbridled wilderness of northern Manitoba.

The teens were found dead about eight kilometres away.

"While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known", the statement reads. "All he ever said to me was how he wanted to kill me and ways he would do it". The two bodies were found within 0.6 miles from where the items were discovered and approximately 5.6 miles from where they left the burnt-out vehicle on July 22. It is unclear what convinced authorities to move the search to that area.

"I don't have a timeline when they will be conducted, certainly as soon as we have that information were committed to providing it", she told Today.

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