RCMP manhunt finds suspects’ belongings

Items, believed to belong to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, have been found along with damaged boat nine km from burnt-out car

Manitoba RCMP said Tuesday they’ve found items they believe belong to two suspects in three recent B.C. homicides.

Police said on Aug. 2 they found items on a Nelson River shoreline nine kilometers from where a burnt-out vehicle the suspects, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are believed to have used.

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“RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects. That same day, a damaged boat was also recovered along the Nelson River,” police said.

It was that information that led to deployment of a dive team, which searched an area 29 meters around the area where the boat was found.

“The search did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects,” police said.

“To ensure the integrity of the investigation, no further information about the items will be provided at this time.”

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky, who are charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Leonard Dyck, who was found a few kilometres from the teens’ burned-out pickup truck on Highway 37 near Dease Lake July 19.

The Port Alberni childhood friends are also suspects in the killings of American Chynna Deese and Australian Lucas Fowler. Their bodies were found along the Alaska Highway on July 15 near a van they had been travelling in.

Charges have yet to be announced in that investigation.

The pair were spotted in Saskatchewan early last week and then a car reportedly connected to them was found torched near Gillam. A house-to-house search was undertaken before forces moved to nearby York Factory last Sunday after an unconfirmed sighting of two men scavenging in the town dump. 

The sighting led to a community lockdown and heavy search. A similar search was done around Gillam and police remain in the area.

jhainsworth@glaciermedia.ca

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