Canadian police reveal how teen fugitives died after manhunt

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

Police said there were "strong indications" the fugitives were alive for a few days during the intensive search of the Gillam area.

Police say Schmegelsky and McLeod appeared to have been dead for a number of days before their bodies were found but the exact time of their deaths isn't known. The two guns are being tested to determine their connection to the three deaths in northern British Columbia.

An autopsy was scheduled over the weekend, but the results have not been made public.

The RCMP says the photo in the ad was taken from their Twitter account. A previous version misspelled the surname of Chynna Deese. The 64-year-old was found dead July 19 at a highway pullout about two kilometres from a burnt-out camper truck - believed to be driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky - south of the B.C.'s Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.

Police said last week the Dyck and Deese-Fowler homicides were related.

McLeod and Schmegelsky themselves were originally considered missing persons and only became suspects later.

By late July, authorities were investigating signs suggesting the teens were in northern Manitoba, at least a two-day drive east of the sites of the British Columbia killings.

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The bodies of the suspects were found near Gillam, Manitoba - more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from northern British Columbia.

The search spanned several provinces, including 11,000 square kilometres of dense northern Manitoba wilderness and more than 500 homes in Gillam, Man. and the nearby Fox Lake Cree Nation.

Last week, police closing in on the pair had found items linked to the suspects on the shores of the Nelson River.

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. Julie Courchaine said Friday they're hoping the autopsy can "provide a cause of death, and hopefully a timeframe, and hopefully answer some of the questions that we want answered".

Schmegelsky's father, Alan Schmegelsky, said last month that he expected the nationwide manhunt to end in the death of his son, who he said was on "a suicide mission". "Everyone's so quick to judge ... he might be a victim in all of this for all we know". I have just lost my son.

"The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary time lines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU)", RCMP said.

In response, Chynna Deese's sister, Kennedy, wrote on Facebook that "Your sorrow is for yourself".

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