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Police locate two bodies believed to be Vancouver Island murder suspects near Nelson River


The two week long manhunt for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky is over.

RCMP have just located two male bodies believed to be that of the two teenage murder suspects from Port Alberni, found on the shoreline of Nelson River, Manitoba.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, police located what they believe are the bodies of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, approximately 8 km away from where their burnt vehicle had originally been found.

“At this time, we are confident that these are the bodies of the two suspects wanted in connection with the homicides in British Columbia. An autopsy is being scheduled in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and to determine their cause of death,” said Manitoba RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jame MacLatchy in a statement.

See also: RCMP recover “several items” linked to Vancouver Island murder suspects in Manitoba

According to RCMP, the items found on the shoreline of Nelson River on Friday, August 2nd gave them the last bit of evidence they needed to narrow down their search.

Once they found these items, specialized teams began searching high probability areas which led them to locate the bodies of the two fugitives in the dense brush about 1 km from where the items were found.


The small community of Gillam, MB, was the centre of the Canadian media spotlight over the past several weeks after police determined that the community was the probable area where Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmgelsky were hiding out.

McLeod and Schmegelsky have been charged with second degree murder in the death of 64-year-old University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck.

His body was found on July 19th at a pullout on Highway 37 in Northern BC near a burnt vehicle that belonged to the teenage fugitives.

The pair are also suspects in the deaths of 25-year-old Chynna Deese and 23-year-old Lucas Robertson who were found shot and killed on the side of the highway near Liard Hot Springs on July 15th, approximately 470 kilometres away from where the boys’ burnt out car was found.

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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