British Columbia: Two wanted suspects accused of murder

A charge of second degree murder has been filed against 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, the two young men who have been the subject of a massive human hunt following a triple murder. British Columbia.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they identified the dead survivor near Dease Lake as Leonard Dyck of Vancouver.

His body was found near the highway about two kilometers from a burned vehicle allegedly used by the two young men.

Canada-wide warrants

Police said Wednesday night that the two suspects are now charged with the murder of Leonard Dyck. This means that the two young men are subject to pan-Canadian arrest warrants and are being actively sought by officers across the country.

The two long-time friends are also believed to have murdered Lucas Fowler of Sydney, Australia, and his girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The bodies of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deesem, who were traveling together in the Australian blue van, were found on July 15 on a stretch of isolated road near Liard Hot Springs, in northern British Columbia, near Yukon. Police revealed that the two lovers had been shot.

The burned van of the two suspects and the body of the unidentified man were found four days later near Dease Lake, still in British Columbia, but more than 470 kilometers from the first crime scene.

The RCMP found a vehicle burned in the Gillam area of ​​Manitoba on Monday night and confirmed Wednesday that it was the vehicle used by the suspects.

“Based on this information, additional resources have been deployed in the Gillam area,” Corporal Julie Courchaine, Communications Manager for the RCMP in Manitoba, told reporters on Wednesday. The federal police also erected a roadblock at the crossing of forest roads leading to Gillam, “to inform the public” about police research.

Young McLeod and Schmegelsky, from Vancouver Island, traveled to Whitehorse, Yukon, to find work, officials said. First “missing” by the police, they became suspects of murder on Tuesday, although the investigators did not explain this change. The RCMP also asks citizens who cross the path of the two suspects not to approach young men, considered dangerous and armed.

The men were sighted in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, on Sunday, before the search continued in neighboring northern Manitoba later this week.

Manitobans worried

The deputy mayor of Gillam, a small town in northern Manitoba, says residents have been locking in earlier than usual since the announcement of the manhunt in the area. John McDonald said his fellow citizens also made sure to keep their vehicle locked.

According to Mr. McDonald, residents of Gillam are used to seeing strangers come and go for Manitoba Hydro yards, but they are more attentive to faces since the publication of the photos of the two suspects and the announcement on Tuesday. that they could be in the area.

He added that additional police officers had been called in to search about 70 km northwest of the city, near Fox Lake Cree Nation, where Chief Walter Spence had announced that the police would be on patrol all the time. night.

Mr. McDonald also indicates that while Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are in the area, they are in an area known for its dense woods, swamps and voracious insects – where it is easy to get lost. “If they wander in the woods, they could not have chosen a worse time, because the sandflies came out three days ago and they are voracious,” he said Wednesday speaking of dreadful biting insects. “I’m sure they’ll be more than happy for someone to find them.”

Interviewed by reporters in Saskatoon on Wednesday, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the police were doing their best to find the suspects.

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