There has been a dramatic new twist in a pair of related cases of serious crime in northern B.C.
Well, that escalated quickly. In initial reports, the father of one of the boys said that he'd last spoken to his son via text 10 days prior to the news report and they said something about going where there probably won't be any internet. They also told him they'd be visiting one of the boys' relatives in Alberta (probably turned out to be a huge lie). If they did indeed SHOOT people dead, I'd love to know where they got the gun.There has been a dramatic new twist in a pair of related cases of serious crime in northern B.C.
Two Port Alberni teens who police had initially believed were missing from Highway 37, are now considered suspects in the murders of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, who were found shot dead on Highway 97 on July 15.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are also wanted in connection with the death of a man found about two kilometres from their burning pickup truck on Highway 37 last Friday, the BC RCMP said Tuesday.
Police had been treating the two as missing persons, saying they were travelling towards Whitehorse, Yukon to look for work.
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“If you spot Bryer or Kam, consider them dangerous. Do not approach. Take no action and call immediately 911,” RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said.
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B.C. RCMP said McLeod and Schmegelsky have been spotted in northern Saskatchewan, and released new images taken of the pair in the prairie province.
They were last seen in a grey 2011 Toyota RAV 4. Police did not say when or specifically where the two were sighted.
Saskatchewan RCMP issued a warning Tuesday, describing McLeod and Schmegelsky as “armed and extremely dangerous.”
It said the two men were seen in Meadow Lake, SK on Sunday, July 21.
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PUBLIC SAFETY - Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them - take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb
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Mounties in Mantioba have also issued an alert warning the public that the suspects may have been seen in the Gillam area, about 270 kilometres south of Churchill, MB.
Investigators said they are believed to still be travelling and may have changed their appearance or vehicle.
McLeod is described as six-foot-four, 169 pounds with dark hair and facial hair, and brown eyes. Schmegelsky is described as six-foot-four and 169 pounds with sandy hair.
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#UPDATE: @BCRCMP is conducting a grid search at a second crime scene, in connection to the still unidentified deceased male whose body was discovered near #DeaseLake last week. Officers say new evidence has led them here—roughly 50km north of where the body was found. @GlobalBC
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To clarify: this is a new crime scene that we are told was not on the radar of @BCRCMP until today. The initial crime scene in relation to this incident is two-fold: the truck, and the spot where the body was discovered, roughly two kilometres away. All scenes are still active.
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On Tuesday, RCMP also began a grid search of a second crime scene associated with the suspicious death of the still-unidentified man who was found south of Dease Lake.
Officers said new evidence has led them to the second site, roughly 50 kilometres north of where the body was found.
Suspects sighted between deaths
Claudia Bunce, the co-owner-operator of the Jade City Store north of Dease Lake said the suspects stopped at her business on Thursday, July 18.
She said she believes the teens stopped to take advantage of the free coffee the shop offers to motorists, to keep them alert and safe on the region’s windy highways.
“It was a very, very busy day,” she said. “A lot was happening. We know that one of our staff may have potentially served them.”
“The people on this highway, we all take care of each other and we work together, so to have something like this happen is devastating and it takes away that safety thing that we believe in, but it also takes away the ability that we’re helpful … there’s a fear now, and it’s going to take a long time to get that trust back.”
Bunche said someone later recognized McLeod and Schmegelsky and the distinctive red pickup truck they were driving, and reported it to the RCMP. The shop also recorded surveillance video she said has now been turned over to police.
Keith McLeod, Kam’s father, released a statement Tuesday, pleading for privacy as the media spotlight turned to the suspects’ families.
“This is what I do know- Kam is a kind, considerate, caring young man [who] always has been concerned about other people’s feelings,” wrote McLeod.
“As we are trapped in our homes due to media people, we try to wrap our heads around what is happening and hope that Kam will come home to us safely so we can all get to the bottom of this story.”
The RCMP’s bombshell confirmation that the two investigations are, in fact, linked has highlighted many unanswered questions surrounding the case.
The identity of the man found on Highway 37, and the manner of his death remain unknown. On Tuesday, police were unwilling to confirm whether his death was a homicide or any details about how he died.
Police would also not speak to what had changed in the investigation that led investigators to decide the pair were now suspects.
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“I understand the media’s need or want to get as much information as they possibly can. But in any homicide investigation, it takes time. The amount of time that’s passed since the onset of these investigations is relatively quick,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett said.
“We don’t make assumptions, we’re relying on evidence and facts. We also have to keep in mind the sensitivities around identifying the individual and contacting his family.”
Police would not comment on whether Schmegelsky or McLeod have criminal records. How or why the pair came into contact with Fowler and Deese also remains a mystery.
The boys are from Port Alberni which is like a mini-Florida in the florida clone that is British Columbia. The news interviewed an unidentified teen who knew the boys and said one of them tried to lure him out in the woods during a party late at night and the anon teen was creeped out and fled, and this was before the "disappearance" that turned into a freaking manhunt.
Who do these kids think they are, the next Highway of Tears serial killer (yeah I know it's not exactly THAT highway, but it's up there)‽
Also the fact that the third body is unidentified means someone's got his wallet, and likely his car as well.
This shit made INTERNATIONAL news because one of the murder victims is Australian and his also-murdered girlfriend is from the US.