The manhunt may now be over.
Manitoba RCMP took the stand at 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Aug. 7 to deliver a massive update on the B.C. murder suspects, Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19. At the conference, Assistant Commissioner of the Manitoba RCMP offered a public statement, stating that they believe the bodies of the two wanted Northern B.C. teens have been found.
At the press conference, a representative says, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many people standing watching a press conference.”
Critical evidence was found on August 2, 2019. Following the discovery, they were able to narrow down the search. The bodies, which are believed to belong to McLeod and Schmegelsky, were also uncovered near the shoreline of the Nelson River in Manitoba at about 10 a.m. local time today in dense brush, about eight kilometres from where a car was found burned.
At this time they “believe these are the bodies of the two suspects,” according to the Assistant Commissioner. An autopsy is being scheduled to confirm the identities and the cause of death.
After the public announcement, Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy opened the floor for questions, many of which she was unable to answer. What she did say, though, is that she is “confident that it is them” but that “to be sure we have to go to autopsy,” when asked if the bodies belonged to the B.C. murder suspects. As for the homicides, Mclatchie stated that her colleagues in British Columbia are investigating.
According to CBC News in a tweet, the autopsies will take place in Winnipeg on Wednesday. They will confirm whether it is the bodies of the two suspects, and also reveal the cause of death. Officials say that they believe the public is no longer at risk.
On Friday Aug. 2, Manitoba RCMP uncovered evidence directly linked to the suspects along the shoreline of the Nelson River. The location of the unspecified items was just nine kilometres away from where their broken-down SUV was found. All of this took place in the Gilliam area of Manitoba.
The case of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod’s man hunt began when the two missing Port Alberni teens became suspects in a Northern B.C. murder case involving the deaths of Lucas Fowler, a 23 year old Australian man, and Chynna Deese, a 24 year old American woman. After which, a third murder was linked to the pair.
As more time passed without another spotting, the public and the police grew worried that the teens may never surface.