Missing Vancouver Island Men Now Considered Murder Suspects

John Crawford

A stunning development in the investigations of the disappearances of two young Vancouver Island men -- and the deaths of three people in northern BC.

Police have been investigating last Friday's discovery of the body of a still-unidentified man at a roadside pullout along Highway 37 south of Dease Lake -- as well as the murders of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found last Monday along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs.


Sergeant Janelle Shoihet told a news conference this morning that 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, who were reported missing last Friday, are now considered murder suspects.

 Police initially thought the pair had been missing when their burned-out truck and camper was found a few kilometres from the body of the unidentified man near Dease Lake.

Shoihet says the pair are no longer believed to be in BC -- and have been spotted in northern Saskatchewan.

"We believe that they're likely continuing to travel; though we don't have a possible destination, we can now confirm that they were last seen driving a grey 2011 Toyota Rav-4 (pictured below);  given these latest developments, Kam and Bryer are no longer considered missing -- the RCMP are now considering Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the Dease Lake suspicious death and the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese," she said this morning.
RCMP are warning the public not to approach McLeod or Schmegelsky if they see them, but to contact police at once.

[PHOTO:  RCMP say suspects were seen driving this  2011 Toyota Rav 4]

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