Canadian police believe they have located the bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, the teens suspected of killing Australian man Lucas Fowler and two others last month, near the bank of the Nelson River in remote Manitoba.
In a brief statement, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police this morning announced “the search is over” after the remains of two males were uncovered some 8km from their burnt-our 4×4.
The search is over. At 10am this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the BC suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River (approx 8km from the burnt vehicle). #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/tZ7EBFsNDr
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 7, 2019
Police state the bodies were located roughly one kilometre from where authorities discovered the pair’s personal belongings and a damaged boat on August 2, a discovery which helped narrow the search.
Speaking to CBC, Manitoba RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said autopsies will be conducted in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and establish a cause of death.
The finding brings a cross-country manhunt to a close.
Authorities had been searching for McLeod and Schmegelsky since late last month, after Fowler, his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, and British Columbia man Leonard Dyck were found shot dead hundreds of kilometres away in British Columbia.
“To the families of everyone affected by this series of events over the last few weeks, I know it has been so very difficult,” MacLatchy said.
“And I hope today’s announcement can begin to bring some closure.”
BREAKING: The RCMP says the bodies of two men, believed to be B.C. homicide suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, have been found near the shoreline of the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. https://t.co/hqstufQNMF pic.twitter.com/FIEXLuAlh8
— CBC News: The National (@CBCTheNational) August 7, 2019