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BC fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died in suicide by gunfire

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.

Two firearms located with bodies of wanted teens 

The BC RCMP say, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, died by suicide from gunfire.

The police manhunt for the triple murder suspects came to an end after two male bodies were found last Wednesday in dense brush near the shoreline of the Nelson River.

An autopsy was completed over the weekend. The Manitoba medical examiner identified the remains as McLeod and Schmegelsky, Monday afternoon.

The pair were found deceased approximately 8 km northeast from where a stolen Toyota RAV4, they were driving was abandoned and torched on July 22 between Gillam and the Fox Lake Cree Nation.

The burned-out RAV4 discovered near Gillam. RCMP confirm it was used by BC fugitives. (Source: Billy Beardy)

The vehicle belonged to 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a UBC professor from Vancouver.

Dyck was one of three people murdered by McLeod and Schmegelsky along highways in northern British Columbia.

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Dyck’s body was found July 19, at a rest area on Highway 37 not far from a burnt-out camper truck driven by the two teens from Port Alberni.

Left to right; Chynna Deese, Lucas Fowler, and Leonard Dyck.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were also wanted for the killings of tourists Lucas Fowler, 23, and his girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24.

RCMP found the bodies of Fowler and Deese with multiple bullet wounds near their van on the Alaska Highway, July 15. Deese was an American from Charlotte, North Carolina. Fowler was the son of an Australian police officer.

MB RCMP finally got a break in the search for the fugitives on Friday, August 2nd. The Globe and Mail reports, a tour guide called authorities to say he’d spotted a blue sleeping bag tangled in willows on the Nelson River.

Specialized RCMP teams began searching nearby high-probability areas. At 10 a.m. on August 7, two bodies were found 1 km from where items directly linked to the suspects were seen on the shoreline.

According to 9News half-eaten pork chops and orange peels were found alongside the gutted RAV4, suggesting they had one last meal before heading to their final resting spot.

Metal coffins containing what’s believed to be the remains of two manhunt suspects are loaded on to separate RCMP planes at the Gillam airport. Tessa Vanderhart/Winnipeg Free Press

A media release by BC RCMP states, 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.

However, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.

Police say two firearms were located with McLeod and Schmegelsky’s bodies.

The RCMP have finished their search of the area where the teens shot and killed themselves. Investigators are now assessing all the items found in Manitoba along with previous findings related to the three homicides in B.C. to better understand what happened.

Photo credit: Tessa Vanderhart / Winnipeg Free Press

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