Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were wanted in three killings in British Columbia and the subjects of an intense manhunt in the rugged wilderness.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the two bodies found along a river in northeastern Manitoba on Wednesday are believed to be those of a pair of teens wanted in three killings in British Columbia.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were the subjects of an intense manhunt in rugged wilderness after being sighted around the small town of Gillam, more than 2,000 miles from the site of the three killings.
The Manitoba RCMP said on Twitter that the bodies of the men were found in dense brush near the shoreline of the Nelson River, about 5 miles from where their burned out vehicle was discovered earlier.
A police helicopter initially spotted a damaged boat along the Nelson River last week and a follow-up search in the area uncovered the items directly linked to the two.
Jane MacLatchy, assistant commissioner of the Manitoba RCMP said an autopsy will formally identify the bodies, but that she is confident they are the two men.
She did not indicate the cause of death. Police had said Tuesday that they were investigating all possibilities, including the possibility that the pair might have drowned.
“It is very tough terrain,” MacLatchy said.
McLeod and Schmegelsky, lifelong friends from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, were charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a Vancouver man, Leonard Dyck, 64.
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They were also suspects in the earlier double homicide of an American, Chynna Deese, 24, and an Australian, Lucas Fowler, 23, whose bodies were discovered July 15 along the Alaska Highway in British Columbia, about 300 miles from the Dyck murder scene.
Dyck’s body was found about a mile from a burned-out camper that the two teens had been driving.
The two teens, who had worked together at a Walmart in their town, were purportedly heading to the Yukon area to look for work, according to Schmegelsky’s father, Alan Schmegelsky.
He told the Canadian Press two weeks ago that he feared his son, who had a troubled upbringing, was on a “suicide mission.”
“He wants his hurt to end,” he said. “They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this. That’s what they’re going to do.”
Police also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia allegedly sent online by one of the men.
Schmegelsky allegedly sent photographs of a swastika armband and a Hitler Youth knife to an online friend on the video game network Steam.
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