Canadian teen ‘serial killers’ who ‘murdered a NC woman, her Australian boyfriend, and a 64-year-old Canadian college professor are found DEAD in the wilderness after 15 days on the run
Two male bodies were found in dense bushland by a river in Manitoba, Canada on Wednesday morning, police announced
Canadian Police are convinced the bodies belong to Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19
An autopsy is expected to confirm the identities as well as the cause of death
Schmegelsky and McLeod who initially were counted among missing persons by Canadian authorities, only to turn out to be murderous predators had been on the run in northern Canada for over two weeks
They were wanted over the murders of American Chynna Deese, 24, her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, and Vancouver man Leonard Dyck
On the same day that police found the items, they also discovered a damaged aluminium boat near the river near Gillam, Manitoba.
Police divers spent Sunday searching the frigid waters of the Nelson River for the fugitives’ bodies.
However, the underwater recovery team did not find additional items, police said.
Survival experts predicted the teenagers would struggle to stay alive if they attempted to hide in the swampy, bug-infested wilderness around Gillam without shelter and equipment.
They also faced the threat of polar bears, black bears, grizzlies and wolves in the area.
At the beginning of this week, police focused their search on Sundance in Manitoba, blocking all roads in or out.
Sundance was built in 1975 to house the workers of the Limestone Dam project and their families, and consisted of mostly portable buildings, trailers, with a few small stores and a primary school.
The community was closed in September 1992, and satellite imagery shows empty lots surrounded by roads.
Sundance is considered part of the town of Gillam, where the teens were last seen, and is roughly 1,800 miles from where the bodies of Deese and Fowler were found.
The move to Sundance came as Deese’s family slammed Canadian police for failing to find the teens, questioning whether they were even involved in the tragic deaths of the young couple.
‘It’s taking so long, our family is frustrated the police have not made more progress and we don’t know if it’s even the teenagers who killed my sister and Lucas,’ Deese’s brother Stetson told Australian media.
‘Everyone wants to catch them but we don’t even know if they did it. We’re in the dark as much as the public about what happened to Chynna and Lucas.’
The body of college professor Leonard Dyck was discovered four days later on another BC highway, a mile away from an abandoned and burning pick-up truck Schmegelsky and McLeod had been driving. The teenage suspects then drove a grey Toyota RAV4 a distance of 1,865 miles to Gillam before setting it alight in bushland.
Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, Canadian police had not announced any sightings of the duo. – Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Royal Canadian Air Force, using teams on the ground and planes in the air with infrared cameras and imaging radar, unsuccessfully searched 7,000 square miles around the town of Gillam and surrounding wilderness before scaling back the hunt.
A grey Toyota RAV4 being driven by the pair was spotted in northern Saskatchewan wa later found burnt-out near the town of Gillam, Manitoba.
Six days later York Landing in Manitoba is thrown into lockdown after two men were spotted foraging for food at a landfill.
The manhunt intensified with a combination of police, military, tracking dogs and drones still finding no trace of the two teenage murder suspects.
By August 1 the search had extended to the province of Ontario, about 1,250 miles from where the pair were last seen, after reports of a suspicious vehicle near Kapuskasing
Even as police say the sighting of the pair in Ontario was not credible, they find several items directly linked to the suspects near the Nelson River after a battered rowboat washes ashore
After five days, the search in the Nelson River is called off, and police block off the town of Sundance, which has been abandoned since 1992, and once housed a murder suspect for three years
After 15 days Canadian Police finally announced on Wednesday that two male bodies believed to belong to McLeod and Schmegelsky were found in ‘dense bush’ by the Nelson River, five miles from where they abandoned the burning car