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Sunday 25 August 2019

Teens missing in Canada now suspects in murder of tourists

Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina and her boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, from Sydney, Australia, who were found dead from gunfire July 15, 2019 in northern British Columbia, are seen in a still image from video taken at a gas station in Fort Nelson on July 13, 2019. RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.
Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina and her boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, from Sydney, Australia, who were found dead from gunfire July 15, 2019 in northern British Columbia, are seen in a still image from video taken at a gas station in Fort Nelson on July 13, 2019. RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.
Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, who was found dead from gunfire July 15, 2019 in northern British Columbia along with her boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, from Sydney, is seen in an undated photo issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). BC RCMP/Handout
REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE Lucas Fowler, 23, from Sydney, who was found dead from gunfire July 15, 2019 in northern British Columbia along with his girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, is seen in an undated photo i RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.

Moira Warburton

The two teenage boys who were first categorized as missing in northern Canada are now suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys' abandoned flaming car, police said on Tuesday.

Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian citizen, and Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were found dead from gunfire on July 15 on a highway in northern British Columbia, 20 km (12 miles) from Liard Hot Springs.

Kam McLeod, 19 from Port Alberni, named as as one of two suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend in northern British Columbia, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys' abandoned flaming car, is seen in an undated photo issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). BC RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.
Kam McLeod, 19 from Port Alberni, named as as one of two suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend in northern British Columbia, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys' abandoned flaming car, is seen in an undated photo issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). BC RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been missing since July 19. Their car was found in flames about 500 km away from where Fowler and Deese were found dead, near Dease Lake, British Columbia.

The body of a man the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are still trying to identify was found 2 km (1.24 miles) from the boys' car. It was not immediately clear to police whether the body was connected to the car and the missing boys, but the RCMP said they are now considering McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the man's murder.

Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 from Port Alberni, named as as one of two suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend in northern British Columbia, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys' abandoned flaming car, is seen in an undated photo issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). BC RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.
Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 from Port Alberni, named as as one of two suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend in northern British Columbia, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys' abandoned flaming car, is seen in an undated photo issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). BC RCMP/Handout via REUTERS.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were last seen in northern Saskatchewan, driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV4, the RCMP said.

The RCMP are warning the public not to approach the teens if seen, and to instead call 911.

Police cited the vastness of the area in question, as well as the remoteness, as factors complicating the investigation.

It is unknown if McLeod and Schmegelsky are armed, or what their motives may be.

Reuters

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