Police say manhunt suspects killed themselves, guns found near bodies in brush

Police say manhunt suspects killed themselves, guns found near bodies in brush

RCMP said Wednesday that they believe they found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.

"The RCMP can also confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire".

Dyck's body was discovered along a highway pullout two kilometres south of Dease Lake, B.C., on July 19. Authorities are conducting forensic analysis to determine whether those weapons were connected to the ongoing homicide investigations.

The RCMP says it's committing to providing both the families and the public with an update when that review is complete in the next few weeks.

McLeod and Schmegelsky had been charged in one death and were suspects in two others.

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.

The separate discoveries of three bodies and burning cars shook rural northern British Columbia and Manitoba. They were also suspects in the murders of Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lucas Fowler, 23, from Sydney, Australia.

Schmegelsky's father, Alan Schmegelsky, said earlier that he expected the nationwide manhunt to end in the death of his son, who he said was on "a suicide mission".

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They were originally considered missing persons and only became suspects later.

"This is like travelling from London to Moscow coupled with the fact that they were travelling in areas that are not highly populated", British Columbia RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett said.

In an interview Sunday night, the dad said he wasn't ready to believe his son was a killer without proof.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were suspected of murdering three people in northern British Columbia.

Manaigre, who participated in police searches after the bodies were found, said the search was gruelling. Police urged residents near Manitoba's Nelson River to remain inside, lock their doors and report anything suspicious.

On the weekend the RCMP told reporters they had found another "item" and were attempting to discern its importance to the investigation - again, police didn't say what the item was. Later, they said they'd separately found "items directly linked to the suspects" that same day on the shoreline.

"We anticipate that the charge will be abated once the (prosecution service) receives official confirmation that the accused is deceased".

During the Canada-wide search for the teens, multiple suspicious items were found including a burnt vehicle and an overturned and damaged aluminum boat.

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