Police Reveal Cause Of Death Of Canadian Teen Killers
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have confirmed how the suspected killers of Australian man Lucas Fowler and his girlfriend died.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on Wednesday, August 7, they discovered the bodies of fugitives Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, in dense bush near the Nelson River and the small town of Gillam, Manitoba.
Police said in a statement released on Monday afternoon local time that McLeod and Schmegelsky took their own lives and that they had died a number of days before they were found.
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.
The search for the two teen fugitives spanned four Canadian provinces and lasted nearly three weeks.
RCMP also confirmed two firearms were found with the bodies of McLeod and Schmegelsky. Forensic teams are now analysing the weapons to determine if they are linked to the murders of Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese and botanist Leonard Dyck in British Columbia (BC) in July.
After allegedly murdering Fowler and Deese, the teenagers from Vancouver Island started their journey east from BC to Gillam, Manitoba, some 3000 kilomtres away.
Four days later on another BC highway, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police allege the teenagers murdered botanist Leonard Dyck.
McLeod and Schmegselsky were each charged with one count of second-degree murder for the alleged murder of Dyck.
During their extensive search for the teen fugitives police discovered two burnout vehicles.
Last week, the Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were called in to conduct dives in the Nelson River in an attempt to find the pair or anything related to them. During these searches, a 'damaged' tin boat was found as well as a number of small items on the shore.
Police are now using forensics to analyse all items found during their search for the teen fugitives with the aim of piecing together exactly what happened to Fowler, Deese and Dyck so the can offer their respective families some closure.
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