July 13, 2024
Teen suspects in northern B.C. murders dead by suicide, with guns nearby, says RCMP
The autopsy results answered a handful of outstanding questions — though many more remain unanswered.
The autopsy results answered a handful of outstanding questions — though many more remain unanswered.

EDMONTON — The teenage suspects in the deaths of three people in the remote British Columbia north, died by their own hands along the Nelson River, in northern Manitoba, dead for days before they were found, with guns nearby.

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod appear to have shot themselves, the B.C. RCMP said in a statement Monday.

The time of the teens’ deaths isn’t known, but police said there were “strong indications” that they had been alive for a few days after they were last seen in July and during a massive manhunt in the dense brush of Gillam in northern Manitoba.

The two young men from Port Alberni, B.C., were suspected in the deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese and charged with the second-degree murder of Leonard Dyck, a Vancouver university lecturer.

The teens had been dead for several days by the time police found the bodies on Aug. 7, though autopsies did not determine the exact time of death.

The police did not specify the type of firearms found with the bodies, and did not return or answer repeated phone calls from the Post on Monday. The two guns are being tested to determine their connection to the three deaths in northern British Columbia.

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