Canadian police reveal cause of death of teen killers

  • Canadian police reveal cause of death of teen killers

Canadian police reveal cause of death of teen killers

Deese and Fowler's bodies were found on the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia on July 15.

Canadian police have confirmed that the two bodies found in northern Manitoba last week are those of the teenagers suspected of having killed a Sydney man and his American girlfriend.

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod died from "suicide by gunfire".

And then five days later, they found two bodies just a kilometre from the riverbank and eight kilometres from the SUV. Investigators are still working to confirm if the guns were used in the deaths.

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

The former fugitives were initially feared missing when their burned-out truck was found July 22 on the side of a remote highway.

The notice was posted on August 8, the day after Manitoba RCMP announced they were confident they found the bodies of McLeod and Schmegelsky near the shoreline of the Nelson River, only about a kilometre away from items connected to the fugitives and the boat.

Canada-wide warrants were issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky, who were charged with second-degree murder in connection with Dyck's.

The deaths of the three victims had shaken rural northern British Columbia and Manitoba.

In an interview with Australia's 60 Minutes television program, Alan Schmegelsky, Bryer's father, said he could understand the pain of the families who'd lost loved ones.

"There may never be enough information to adequately answer all of their questions, but our council remains committed to supporting the RCMP as they complete their investigation into what led to this tragic series of events", Mayor Sharie Minions said.

Four days later, the body of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a professor at the University of British Columbia, was found in an area near a burned out camper van belonging to Schmegelsky and McLeod.

Two firearms were found with the bodies of McLeod and Schmegelsky.

Police had said Tuesday they were investigating all possibilities including the possibility that the suspects might have drowned.

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.

"We anticipated the charges were going to be laid", Hackett said. A search of the river turned up little of interest, police said. Police urged residents near Manitoba's Nelson River to remain inside, lock their doors and report anything suspicious.

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.

That led to the discovery of several items police were able to "directly link" to Schmegelsky and McLeod on the riverbank - just eight km from where they ditched their getaway vehicle.