Canada police: 2 teen fugitives took their own lives

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2019

Autopsies were completed by the Manitoba Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 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. However, he said it's believed the bodies are those of the suspects.

Police said investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern B.C. homicide investigations, "in order to gain more clarity" into what happened to Dyck, Fowler and Deese.

The RCMP say the two teen suspects from B.C. who spurred a country-wide manhunt shot themselves to death. The Vancouver man's body was found at a highway pullout two kilometres from where the teens' burned-out Dodge pickup truck was found on Highway 37 on July 19. They were also suspects in the deaths of tourist couple Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found July 15 south of Liard Hot Springs.

A manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky led to Gillam, where the Toyota Rav 4 the men were seen driving was found burned.

Authorities have now completed their search of the area.

RCMP say they've found an item that could be relevant to their investigation into two murder suspects whose bodies they believe they located earlier in the week.

Alan Schmegelsky, father of Bryer, spoke to Australia's 60 Minutes about his self-published book, Red Flagged, which explains his son's upbringing and mental health.

Authorities said next of kin have been notified and offered support. Officials have also identified that the cause of death appears to be suicide by gunfire.

"While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known", RCMP said in a news release. The suspects had not been seen since the burned-out auto was found on July 22. Forensic specialists are working to confirm whether the weapons are connected with the homicides.

The bodies were found in dense brush approximately eight kilometres from where a burnt-out stolen RAV4 was located outside Gillam, Man.

The assessments will include a review of investigative findings to date, statements made, evidentiary timelines and physical and digital evidence.

RCMP say it will conduct a review within the next few weeks, providing an update to the families before that information is publicly released.

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