Hunt for suspected killers over, two bodies found

A police alert in Canada for murder suspects Kam Mc Leod and Bryer Schmegelsky

A police alert in Canada for murder suspects Kam Mc Leod and Bryer Schmegelsky

Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, with the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), speaks to media regarding two bodies believed to be those of fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky found near Gillam, Manitoba, at the RCMP "D" Division Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 7, 2019. Forensic analysis is underway to "definitively confirm" that the weapons are connected with the homicide investigations.

"We are speechless", Ms Deese said in a text message. The majority of the search took place in Manitoba, where a burned vehicle reportedly used by them was found near the town of Gillam.

Gillam is the northern Manitoba community that was the focus of a massive RCMP search prompted after police found a auto linked to the pair on July. 22.

The body of Lucas Fowler, the son of Hills District Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler, was found on the Alaska Highway on July 15.

Divers have been searching the Nelson river since Sunday after discovering a busted-up metal dingy washed up on the shore last week.

In a video posted by 60 Minutes, Alan Schmegelsky said while he needs to see evidence before he will believe his son, Bryer Schmegelsky, was a murderer, he sympathizes with the victims' families.

Critical evidence found last week when police discovered items directly linked to the suspects on the shoreline of the Nelson River helped locate the bodies, MacLatchy said.

At its peak, the investigation included members of the Canadian military, as well as drones, dogs, emergency crews and RCMP major crime units.

Four days later, the body of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a professor at the University of British Columbia, was found in an area near a burned out camper van belonging to Schmegelsky and McLeod.

On July 24 the RCMP named the two teenagers as suspects in the three murders.

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Mr Fowler and Ms Deese were killed 467km away from Mr Dyck.

The mayor of Port Alberni, home to both fugitives, said in a statement Monday that she hoped the autopsy results and other information released by RCMP would answer some of the questions facing families struck by the tragedy.

"We were describing it over the last couple of weeks as being some pretty dense bush and some pretty remarkable terrain - in my opinion that's nearly an understatement", said Manaigre, who participated in police searches after the bodies were found.

"Our current belief [is that there] was nothing that links our victims together".

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky have been on the run for almost three weeks.

Police had initially declared McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons but then later deemed them suspects.

"I encourage anyone struggling at this time to take advantage of the services", she said. But that expert said there was a 90 percent chance they were still alive. According to NBC, the bodies were found about five miles from where the teens' second vehicle was discovered.

"I know they're hurt and from our country to the families, I am so sorry".

"I'm so sorry for what's happened".

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