Sunday 25 August 2019

Canadians urged to be on lookout for suspects in three killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted after an American woman was among the slayings.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Julie Courchaine speaks to media (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP/PA)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Julie Courchaine speaks to media (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP/PA)

By Associated Press reporter

Police have urged “all Canadians” to be on the lookout for two suspects in the killings of an American woman, her Australian boyfriend and another man.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Julie Courchaine said officials were “open to the possibility” that Kam McLeod, 19, and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky could have had assistance in leaving the Gillam and Fox Lake area of Manitoba.

Ms Courchaine also said they may have altered their appearance and someone could have inadvertently given them assistance in leaving the area. No cars have been reported stolen.

“It is possible that someone may not have been aware of who they were providing assistance to, and may now be hesitant to come forward,” she said at a police update in Winnipeg.

Canadian public safety minister Ralph Goodale said the military had been called in to give police air support during their hunt for the men.

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Security camera images of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP/PA)

Gillam is more than 2,000 miles from northern British Columbia, where the three people were found slain in two places last week.

The victims have been identified as American Chynna Deese, 24, Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and Leonard Dyck, 64, of Vancouver.

McLeod and Schmegelsky have been charged with second-degree murder in Dyck’s death, whose body was discovered five days after Deese and Fowler were found shot dead.

McLeod and Schmegelsky themselves had originally been considered missing persons and only became suspects in the case on Tuesday.

Police also released surveillance video of McLeod and Schmegelsky as they walked through a store last Sunday in the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan. Schmegelsky is dressed in army fatigues.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Cold Lake, Alberta, confirmed a sighting of the pair on Sunday morning.

“At approximately 9.30am, a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence,” police said in a news release.

“Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota RAV4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck and they continued on their way after a short, unremarkable interaction.”

They said the man realised it was Schmegelsky and McLeod when he was on social media later that night.

Schmegelsky’s father, Alan Schmegelsky, said Wednesday that he expected the nationwide manhunt to end in the death of his son, who he said is on “a suicide mission”.

The separate discoveries of three bodies and burning cars have shaken rural northern British Columbia and rural Manitoba.

During the investigation in British Columbia, police found Mr Dyck’s body roughly a mile from the first burned-out vehicle.

That was about 300 miles from the spot along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs where Ms Deese and Mr Fowler were found over a week ago.

Mr Fowler, the son of a chief inspector with the New South Wales Police Department, was living in British Columbia and Ms Deese was visiting him.

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