Autopsies complete on bodies found in northern Manitoba, more details Monday

Bryer Schmegelsky 18 and Kam McLeod 19

Bryer Schmegelsky 18 and Kam McLeod 19

On Monday, police said that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been dead for a number of days before their bodies were found, though authorities can not confirm the exact date of death.

Kam McLeod, 19 and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend in northern British Columbia, and charged with the second-degree murder of Leonard Dyck, are seen in a combination of still images from undated CCTV taken in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) July 26, 2019.

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

Following the discovery of the burned-out SUV outside of Gillam on July 22, the RCMP began an intense, three-week manhunt involving local police forces from across the country, as well as members of the Canadian Armed Forces, armoured vehicles, drones, K9 units, ATVs, boats, and several aircraft, both military and civilian. The hunt for two B.C. murder suspects is over.

But authorities soon named them as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, who had been found shot dead in northern British Columbia on 15 July.

"The examination of the area where (their bodies) were still being dealt with and searched".

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Officers say both individuals were dead for a number of days before they were found but say the exact time and date of their deaths isn't known.

Police can also confirm that two firearms were also located with the two deceased males and forensic analysis is underway in order to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern BC homicide investigations.

RCMP were able to narrow the search for the suspects after investigators discovered items linked to the pair on the shore of the Nelson River, about one kilometre from where their bodies were eventually found.

The police manhunt spanned hundreds of kilometres across four Canadian provinces. However, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.

The bodies were found near Gillam, Manitoba - more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from northern British Columbia.

Alan Schmegelsky said he didn't believe that his son identified as a neo-Nazi, but that he did think the memorabilia was "cool".

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