Autopsy results expected today in case of northern B.C. teen murder suspects

Autopsy results expected today in case of northern B.C. teen murder suspects

VANCOUVER—Police in B.C. have confirmed they will release information Monday on the autopsies of two bodies believed to be the remains of a pair of fugitive teens charged with murder.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Vancouver botanist and UBC lecturer Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake, B.C. The pair were also named as suspects in the killings of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, who were found shot to death beside the Alaska Highway near the Liard Hot Springs last month.

Following a two-week manhunt that took police from B.C. to the remote northern community of Gillam, Man., police last Wednesday announced that two bodies believed to be McLeod and Schmegelsky had been found in the “dense brush” near Gillam.

RCMP have not confirmed that the procedures had been completed, saying in an email Sunday evening that more information would be provided on Monday.

The bodies were found about one kilometre away from several unidentified items police said were “directly linked” to the pair.

Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy of the Manitoba RCMP called the discovery of those items “key” in narrowing the search for the men.

With files from Ainslie Cruickshank

Alex McKeen is a Vancouver-based reporter covering transportation and labour. Follow her on Twitter: @alex_mckeen

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