Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

BC murder suspects found dead

BC murder suspects found dead

An autopsy is scheduled to confirm the identities.

Their bodies were found 12 miles (20km) south of Liard Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were wanted on Canada-wide warrants for the murder of Leonard Dyck, who was found a few kilometres from the teens' burned-out pickup truck on Highway 37 near Dease Lake July 19. "A police roadblock has been put in place today in the Sundance, MB, area for ongoing search efforts".

They are also believed to be behind the slayings of Chynna Deese, a 24-year-old American, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, a 24-year-old Australian.

MacLatchy said officials have used some of the most advanced technologies available to try to track McLeod and Schmegelsky.

In a news conference Wednesday, Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, the commanding officer for the Manitoba RCMP, said police had found the bodies eight kilometres from a burned vehicle in northern Manitoba linked to the pair.

Police said Tuesday that items belonging to the pair were found along the Nelson River in Manitoba.

"It's a dense place, very hard to find anybody, really", MacLatchy said.

The Manitoba RCMP's Underwater Recovery Team was called into Gillam to search a section of the Nelson River on Sunday.

The last confirmed sighting of the fugitives was on July 22 in the rural town of Gillam, just before authorities discovered the auto on fire in.

The two were charged with second-degree murder for Dyck's death, but police had not yet filed charges in the deaths of Fowler and Deese.

MacLatchy said there is a sense of relief for families of the victims involved and the communities in the area.

"There is obviously a certain amount of relief that we were able to locate these people", MacLatchy told reporters. RCMP say the sightings, along with no reports of stolen vehicles, lead investigators to believe the suspects are still in the region.

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