Teens Believed to Be Missing Are Suspects in Canada Double-Murder

July 24, 2019 Updated: July 24, 2019

Two Canadian teens that were reported missing are now considered suspects in the murders of tourists Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, who were found shot dead earlier this month in British Colombia.

According to Canadian news website Global News, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are wanted in connection with the double-murder on Highway 97.

They are also wanted in connection with the death of a man found about one mile from a burning pickup truck, Global News reported. The man was not identified.

Police originally were treating the two young men as missing persons, saying they were going toward Whitehorse, Yukon, to seek employment.

“If you spot Bryer or Kam, consider them dangerous. Do not approach. Take no action and call immediately 911,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Janelle Shoihet told the news outlet.

Also, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police office in Manitoba tweeted an alert, saying, “Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately.”

The separate discoveries of three bodies and a burning car with missing occupants shook rural northern British Columbia. Murders are rare in the remote region.

The burned vehicle belonged to McLeod and Schmegelsky, both of Port Alberni, British Columbia.

Police said Tuesday they were still working to identify the male body that was found nearby their burned-out vehicle, but said he appeared to be in his 50s or 60s. They released a sketch of the man, with a heavy build with a grey beard and grey hair, and asked for public help in identifying him.

Fowler and Deese were found shot dead along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs.

Fowler, the son of a chief inspector with the New South Wales Police Department, was living in British Columbia and Deese was visiting him.

Jayden Iversen, who just graduated year from Port Alberni Secondary School, said he has friends who know Schmegelsky.

“From what I understand all of Bryer’s friends … are saying they could never see him doing that,” he told the National Post.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.