Teenage killers found dead after massive manhunt in Canada

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2019

Authorities located two male bodies and are confident they are 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy.

At the press conference, a representative says, "I don't think I've ever seen this many people standing watching a press conference".

Authorities were relieved that the alleged killers were found, she said, and hoped it ended a hard period for victims' families and the Manitoba communities of Gillam, Fox Lake and York Landing that were at the center of the manhunt.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the killings of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver, and American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler.

McLeod and Schmegelsky's bodies were found almost 2,000 miles away from the bodies of Deese, Fowler, and Dyck.

Schmegelsky and McLeod are suspects in the double murder of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and United States citizen Chynna Deese, 24.


On Friday, personal items belonging to the pair were found on a riverbank. No additional suspects are being actively investigated at this time.

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky have been on the run for almost three weeks.

RCMP Manitoba tweeted that the discovery of items on the banks of the Nelson River had allowed officers to narrow the search and eventually locate the bodies.

"Thank you to all Canadians for remaining vigilant, for calling us with information and most importantly, for being our partners", reads a RCMP news release.

On Sunday, RCMP sent dive teams into the river, which is wide, fast-flowing and powers several hydro-electric dams, however the underwater search proved futile.

The bodies of the two men were discovered just one kilometre from where the undisclosed evidence was found, and eight kilometres from where a burnt out auto belonging to the fugitive pair was located.


The deputy mayor of a northern Manitoba town at the centre of a massive manhunt said it will be a long time before things in the community return to normal.

While he said he was relieved the manhunt was over, Forman also said his thoughts are now with the families of those impacted, saying they may never get the answers they're looking for about what happened, and why.

According to Global News, the two men were stopped at a routine alcohol check in the dry community of Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Manitoba, near Split Lake.

"Unbelievable sense of relief for communities of Gillam and Fox Lake, it's a sense of closure", he said on Wednesday.

"Basically, he's going to be dead today or tomorrow", Schmegelsky said.

He said his son asked for an airsoft gun for Christmas two years ago and he bought it so Bryer and his friends could "battle" each other in the woods.


"It's impossible for us to know every single individual's process right now.so I want them to know that as a community we have to come together, heal together".

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