Massive manhunt for Canadian men accused of killing 3

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for both men

dpa, Hamburg, Germany

MONTREAL — Police across Canada are on the lookout for two teenagers accused of murdering three people in Northern British Columbia and then driving across half of the country before ditching their getaway car near a remote Indigenous community in Northern Manitoba.

Officials with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada's national police force, officially charged Wednesday Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, with second degree murder of Leonard Dyck, 64.

Dyck's body was found July 19 at a highway pullout about two kilometres from a burned-out camper truck, discovered the same day, near the community of Dease Lake, B.C.

The burnt vehicle was later identified as belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky.

McLeod and Schmegelsky are also the prime suspects in the deaths of two tourists, Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24.

The couple’s bodies were discovered on July 15 about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, a popular tourist destination in the far north of the province, and about 470 kilometres north-east of Dease Lake.

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for both men.

RCMP officials also confirmed Wednesday a Toyota RAV 4 SUV found burning in the bush near the Indigenous community of Fox Lake Cree Nation on Monday was the car that McLeod and Schmegelsky had used to drive more than 3,000 kilometres across Western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

"We have received numerous tips and information throughout the evening, and are continuing to ask for the public's assistance," said Corpora Julie Courchaine of the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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