Missing Canadian teens suspected in deaths of 3 people

Two Canadian teens who were believed missing are now considered to be suspects in the shooting deaths of a young American woman and her Australian boyfriend, as well as in the death of an unidentified man in rural British Columbia.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are considered armed and dangerous, and members of the public should not approach them, authorities said. They were last seen in northern Saskatchewan — about a day’s drive east of where the bodies were found — driving a gray 2011 Toyota RAV4, authorities said. The pair may now be in Manitoba, east of Saskatchewan, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

The Manitoba RCMP confirmed Wednesday they had recovered the Toyota the suspects had used. They found it near the town of Gillam.

The RCMP sent more officers there and set up an informational checkpoint at the road leading into town, said Cpl. Julie Courchaine.

McLeod is 6 feet, 4 inches tall, 169 pounds and has dark hair, facial hair and brown eyes. Schmegelsky is 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 169 pounds with sandy hair, police said.

They are suspected in the shooting deaths of Chynna Noelle Deese, a 24-year-old American, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend.

Deese and Fowler’s bodies were found on July 15 about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs in northern British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Fowler was living in British Columbia, and they were exploring the area while Deese was visiting him, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said. Deese’s mother, Sheila Deese, said the couple had been on a road trip through Canada up to Alaska.

In addition, police said a vehicle and camper belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky was found burning on the side of Highway 37 on Friday. While investigating the fire, police discovered the body of an unidentified man more than a mile away, the RCMP said in a statement.

Authorities released a composite sketch of the man to assist in confirming his identity.

The man was described as a Caucasian with a heavy build, 50 to 60 years old with gray hair and a bushy beard, and between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

The two teenagers are wanted in the deaths of all three victims. Authorities declined to say what new information led them to make the announcement, but it came just a day after the RCMP said it was a “possible” that their disappearance was related to the couple’s death.

Cpl. Chris Manseau had said it was unusual for investigators in sparsely populated northern British Columbia to have two “complex and dynamic” cases at once.

The teens, both from Port Alberni, were traveling through British Columbia to the Yukon Territory to look for work, the RCMP had said.

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