Cops reveal how Canadian fugitives Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky died

Father of alleged murderer gave his son a toy gun to deter him from violent video games. Source 60

Father of alleged murderer gave his son a toy gun to deter him from violent video games. Source 60

The Manitoba medical examiner completed the autopsies and confirmed that the bodies found last week were indeed 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.

The exact times and dates of their deaths are still unknown, but police believe the pair were still alive and in the Gillam area at the same time extensive searches were being carried out.

Autopsies confirmed that two bodies discovered in the Canadian wilds are those of teen murder suspects who apparently took their own lives after weeks on the run, police announced Monday.

The bodies of Australian man Lucas Fowler and his USA girlfriend Chynna Deese were found murdered on the side of a highway in British Columbia last month.

Their bodies were found along a highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.

The two-week hunt for the suspects ended last Wednesday when their bodies were found near Gillam.

Their bodies were found 8 kilometres from the stolen vehicle.

Police deployed tracker dogs, a drone and search planes equipped with infrared cameras to comb the hard, forested and swampy terrain, which was infested with mosquitos and home to bears and wolves.

While McLeod and Schmegelsky were initially considered missing persons, they were soon linked with the murders and deemed wanted suspects.

Investigators, for instance, still are trying to determine a motive - and that will be hard, Hackett said.

The Manitoba Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies and confirmed that the two deceased men located in Manitoba on August 7, 2019 were Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.

In an interview last month with the Canadian Press as the manhunt ramped up, Schmegelsky's father said his son was deeply troubled and had never recovered from his parents' divorce in 2005.

Authorities said next of kin have been notified and offered support.

Police say the two died of what appears to be self-inflicted wounds.

Bryer Schmegelsky, left, and Kam McLeod are seen in this undated combination handout photo provided by the RCMP.

He did not say what the item found Friday was, but says it "may be of interest to the investigation" and "will have to be examined to determine its relevance".

Investigators located the bodies last week about eight kilometres from where Dyck's burnt Toyota Rav4 was discovered near the Fox Lake Cree Nation north of Gillam on July 22 - the same day the teenagers were last seen alive.

"The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also engaged our Behaviour Analysis Unit", the release reads.

The BC RCMP says once they have completed that review within the next few weeks, they will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly.

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