Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bodies believed to be teen murder suspects found near Nelson River, Man.

Bodies believed to be teen murder suspects found near Nelson River, Man.

She said police are confident the bodies are those of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, but are awaiting the results of an autopsy in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and cause of death.

The bodies of two B.C. homicide suspects have been found following a police hunt that had lasted three weeks and stretched across four provinces.

The pair were charged with second-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake.

McLeod and Schmelgsky are suspected of embarking on a murderous highway rampage in the western Canadian province of British Columbia last month that left Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, his USA girlfriend Chynna Deese and botanist Leonard Dyck dead.

The vehicle was believed to have been driven by Schmegelsky and McLeod at one point.

However, after finding the items-and the damaged aluminum boat nearby-an underwater search of the area was launched by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT).

They are also believed to be behind the slayings of Chynna Deese, a 24-year-old American, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, a 24-year-old Australian.

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RCMP told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) they had found the bodies in dense brush and that an autopsy would be conducted. They arrived in the small Manitoba community on Saturday and began "a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest", according to RCMP Manitoba.

She said this was about eight kilometres from where their burnt vehicle was found.

The discovery of the boat came days after police said they were scaling back the search, which at its peak involved tracker dogs, a drone and search planes equipped with infrared cameras.

The two bodies were found near the town of Gillam on Wednesday. But the search did not lead them to the fugitives.

Assistant Commissioner MacLatchy said the nightmare is over for affected families and communities ensnared in the Canada-wide manhunt.

Bryer Schmegelsky, left, and Kam McLeod are seen in this undated combination handout photo provided by the RCMP. They say they are investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia allegedly sent by Schmegelsky to another user on a video game network.

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