CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses suicide.

Canadian police have confirmed two bodies found in remote Manitoba are those of fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, the teens suspected of killing Australian man Lucas Fowler and two others last month. 

In a statement, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18, were positively identified following autopsies.

Authorities said the pair appeared to have died by suicide.

Two firearms found near the scene will undergo forensic testing to ascertain whether they were used in the murders of Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, and Canadian man Leonard Dyck.

Those findings will be compiled with other evidence retrieved from previously established crime scenes in British Columbia, where Fowler, Deese, and Dyck were found dead.

“The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary time lines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU),” RCMP said.

The investigation is slated to take several weeks.

“We will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly,” RCMP said.

The statement comes just over a day after 60 Minutes aired an interview with Schmegelsky’s father Alan Schmegelsky, who apologised to the families of the murder victims but reserved judgment of his son.


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If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you are in distress, please call Lifeline on 13 11 44 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.

You can also reach the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or chat online.

Source: RCMP
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