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RCMP say teenage suspects in northern BC murders may have reached Manitoba


Two Vancouver Island teenagers who are suspects in a series of northern BC homicide cases may have crossed three provinces to Manitoba, according to RCMP on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, 19-year-old Kam Mcleod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni went from missing persons to suspects in the deaths of three people in BC.

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The most recent death was discovered near the teens’ burnt-out pickup truck off Highway 37 near Dease Lake on Monday. Police discovered a lone male body in a nearby highway pullout close to the burnt vehicle.

The other two deaths are believed to have occurred on July 14th-15th roughly 470 kilometres away from where the teens’ car was discovered on BC’s Alaska Highway.

In this incident, a travelling couple, 25-year-old Chynna Deese and 23-year-old Lucas Robertson, were found shot and killed on the side of the highway near Liard Hot Springs last Monday.

On July 23rd, police confirmed that McLeod and Schmegelsky had left BC and were last spotted in northern Saskatchewan. The pair were last seen driving in a grey, 2011 Toyota Rav 4.

On Tuesday, Manitoba RCMP said that the pair may have reached the province, with police believing that the teens were recently in the Gillam area, a town in northeast Manitoba.

Police believe that the pair are likely still travelling, though there destination is not known at this time.

Kam McLeod is described as:

  • 6 foot 4
  • Approximately 169 pounds
  • Dark brown hair and facial hair
  • Brown eyes

Bryer Schmegelsky is described as:

  • 6 foot 4
  • Approximately 169 pounds
  • Sandy brown hair

While photos of the two teens have been released, police are noting that the pair may have altered their appearance.

Anyone who sees the pair is asked not to approach them and to call 911 immediately. Otherwise, anyone with information on McLeod and Schmegelsky is asked to contact the RCMP’s Major Crime Tipline at 1-877-543-4822, or 778-290-5291.

Adam Chan
Former Staff Writer at Victoria Buzz.

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