Search for BC Murder Suspects Ends with discovery of two bodies in Northern Manitoba

Bryer Schmegelsky, Kam McLeod 2

The search for two BC murder suspects has ended with the discovery of two bodies in northern Manitoba this morning.

Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy made the announcement at a news conference this afternoon in Winnipeg.

She said the break in the search came Friday, when a critical piece of evidence was found.

"Items directly linked to the suspects were located on the shoreline of the Nelson River -- following this discovery, we were at last able to narrow down the search; we immediately sent in specialized RCMP teams to begin searching nearby high-probability areas; this morning at approximately 10am, RCMP officers located two male bodies, in the dense brush within one kilometre from where the items were found," she said.

MacLatchy says police are convinced the bodies are those of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni.

The two were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck of Vancouver, whose body was found last month at a roadside pullout along Highway 37, south of Dease Lake.

They were also suspects in the shooting deaths of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler a few days earlier.