RCMP investigation on 3 homicides in northern BC to be released on Friday


RCMP will release its investigative findings on the murders of three people in northern British Columbia on Friday that sparked a manhunt for two suspected teenagers across western Canada.

Bryer Schmegelsky, who was 18, and 19-year-old Kam McLeod were found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds last month in the northern Manitoba desert.

Prior to their death, the teenagers were charged with the murder of Leonard Dyck, professor of botany at the University of British Columbia, and were also suspected of the death of the American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler.

Police said that it appears that Schmegelsky and McLeod died for a number of days before their bodies were found on August 7th.

RCMP has undertaken to publicly share the details of its investigation after providing families with an update.

Police said two firearms were found with the dead.

The manhunt began on July 23rd when the police announced that Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspected of being dead.

RCMP loads a coffin in a plane near Gillam, Man. On 7 August after confirming the two bodies found in the north of Manitoba were those of the B.C. suspected murders Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. (CBC)

The youths were initially considered missing persons when a truck and a camper they were driving were found burnt to a few kilometers from where Dyck's body was discovered during a retreat on the highway on 19 July.

The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found on July 15 near the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometers from where Dyck's body was discovered.

The manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky led to Gillam, Man., Where Dyck's Toyota Rav4 was found burned. The agents converged in the area to start what would be a two-week search.

The police used drones, dogs and even had the help of the Canadian armed forces to sift through the remote area.

The search was downsized on July 31 and a few days later a damaged rowboat was found in the Nelson River. A river search has attracted little interest, police said.

On 6 August, police reported that objects connected to Schmegelsky and McLeod were found on the riverbank. The bodies were discovered the next day, about a kilometer from where the police said they had found the objects.


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