Cops Say Missing Teens Are Now Suspects In Multiple Murders In Canada
Kam Mcleod, 19; and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18; are allegedly suspects in the slayings of Chynna Deese, 23; Lucas Fowler, 24; and a third victim.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — Canadian authorities have undertaken an intense manhunt for a pair of teens originally feared missing, as law-enforcement officials have named them as potential suspects in three deaths that took place in northern British Columbia, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Specifically, police say Kam Mcleod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are wanted in connection to the murders of two tourists: Chynna Deese, 24, from North Carolina, and Lucas Fowler, her 23-year-old boyfriend from Australia. Authorities said the teens are also suspects in the death of a third victim who has not yet been named.
The couple was found shot to death in a ditch alongside the Alaska Highway on July 15. Police say they believe the murders took place on the previous day.
The families of Mcleod and Schmegelsky are said to have reported them missing the same week that Deese and Fowler were killed.
On July 19, investigators reportedly discovered a pickup truck that had been set on fire and had allegedly been driven by Mcleod and Schmegelsky. The truck was said to be located 290 miles away from where Deese and Fowler’s remains were located.
Authorities also stated that the body of a dead man was found about one mile away from the burning truck, but they have not yet identified that individual. The RCMP made it clear that Mcleod and Schmegelsky are wanted in connection to that death, as well.
According to the latest news updates, police said Mcleod and Schmegelsky were last spotted in Saskatchewan inside a 2011 Toyota Rav 4. Police said the teens appear to be on the move.
At a press conference on Tuesday, RCMP Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said the pair may have changed their appearances and could also have switched to another vehicle.
McLeod is described as standing six foot four and weighing about 169 pounds. He has brown eyes, along with dark brown hair and facial hair. Schmegelsky is also described as standing six foot four and weighing about 169 pounds, but police said he has sandy brown hair.
Shoihet asked the public for help, but advised extreme caution, stating, “If you spot Bryer or Kam, consider them dangerous. Do not approach. Take no action and call immediately 911.”