Canada fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ‘took their own lives’

Father of alleged murderer gave his son a toy gun to deter him from violent video games. Source 60

Father of alleged murderer gave his son a toy gun to deter him from violent video games. Source 60

McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the killings of Australian tourist Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, and were charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck.

On Monday, police said that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been dead for a number of days before their bodies were found, though authorities can not confirm the exact date of death.

Sgt. Paul Manaigre said RCMP have formalities to complete before they can officially identify the bodies. Their bodies were found on Alaska Highway, south of Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15. The suspects had not been seen since a burned-out vehicle was found on July 22.

But there were "strong indications" they were alive for at least a few days after the last sighting of them on July 22, and during the intensive search in the Gillam area.

The bodies of two teenagers who were on the run after the murders of three people have been found by police in Canada; Jacqui Heinrich has the details.

Police say Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, appeared to be dead for a number of days before their bodies were found on August 7 in northern Manitoba, but the exact time of their deaths isn't known.

Autopsies confirmed that two bodies discovered in the Canadian wilds are those of teen murder suspects who apparently took their own lives after weeks on the run, police announced Monday.

Police haven't said whether the boat is connected to the teens, and they haven't said what those other items were.

Forensic analysis is underway to "definitively confirm" that the weapons are connected with the homicide investigations. Officers converged on the area to begin what would be a two-week search.

Police said the bodies were found less than one kilometer (0.62 miles) from the items.

"We anticipated the charges were going to be laid", Hackett said.

"There was significant evidence that linked our suspects to both crime scenes", Hackett said last week.

Investigators say they are now assessing all the findings in the cases so far "in order to gain more clarity" into what happened to Dyck, Fowler, and Deese.

The search focused around the Gillam area after police found a burnt-out Toyota RAV4 they had stolen from Mr Dyck and items belonging to the pair on the banks of the Nelson River. The exact time and date of the deaths is not known.

The RCMP says it's committing to providing both the families and the public with an update when that review is complete in the next few weeks.

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