Bodies found in Canada, ending search for teens accused of spree killings

The two teens were suspects in the murders of an Australian, his American girlfriend and a 64-year-old Canadian man


dpa, Hamburg, Germany

MONTREAL — Police in Canada said Wednesday the discovery of two bodies in the province of Manitoba brings an end to their search for two teenagers suspected of killing of three people in July.

"The search is over," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tweeted. "At 10am [1500 GMT] this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the [British Columbia] suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River."

RCMP said two weeks ago that Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were their main suspects in the murders of an Australian, his American girlfriend and a 64-year-old Canadian man.

The couple, Lucas Fowler, 23, and Chynna Deese, 24, had been gunned down, according to the RCMP, before their bodies were discovered on July 15 about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, a tourist destination in the far north of British Columbia.

Four days later McLeod and Schmegelsky's burnt-out pickup truck was discovered nearly 500 kilometres away near the community of Dease Lake.

When police arrived on the scene, they were alerted to the third victim, Leonard Dyck, whose body was found about 2 kilometres from the burnt out vehicle.

The RCMP said Wednesday the bodies of the two male suspects were found in dense brush about 8 kilometres from the burnt out vehicle.

The series of crimes has rattled residents of northern British Columbia, known for its majestic vistas and quiet seclusion. A search for the teenagers had been going for almost three weeks and the public had been warned that they were considered extremely dangerous.

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