- Two childhood friends wanted for a string of murders in remote parts of Canada will most likely fight police to the death rather than be arrested, one of their fathers said.
- Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are wanted for the July 15 murders of US backpacker Chynna Deese, 24, her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23,
- They are also suspected of the 19 murder of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, over 300 miles away.
- Alan Schmegelsky, father to Bryer, told the Canadian Press news agency that his son is "going to be dead today or tomorrow. I know that… They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory."
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the teens were seen Wednesday in Gillam, Manitoba, having traveled more than 2,000 miles across Canada during the course of the police investigation.
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Two Canadian teenagers wanted for three murders have been sighted more than 2,000 miles from the scene of one the killings, in an expansive manhunt which has gripped the nation.
Childhood friends Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are the suspects in the killings of two backpackers, and a separate killing of a 64-year-old man which took place more than 300 miles away from the first.
According to the father of Schmegelsky, the two are on a "suicide mission" and would rather die in a "blaze of glory" than be arrested.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police named the two teens as suspects this week after concluding that the July 15 murders of US backpacker Chynna Deese, 24, and Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, were linked to the seemingly separated death of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck.
The victims’ bodies were found some 300 miles apart in a remote part of British Columbia.
Police have since given updates on the movements of the teens, whom they say have traveled more than 2,000 miles across the vast provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Police in every state have told residents to be vigilant and not to approach the two.
Alan Schmegelsky, father to one of the teens, told Canadian Press on Wednesday that his son is in "very serious pain" and was badly affected by his 2005 divorce from Schmegelsky’s mother.
"A normal child doesn’t travel across the country killing people. A child in some very serious pain does."
"He’s on a suicide mission. He wants his pain to end."
"Basically, he’s going to be dead today or tomorrow. I know that. Rest in peace, Bryer. I love you. I’m so sorry all this had to happen."
"He wants his hurt to end. They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this."
The two teens were initially described as missing people, but were later named as suspects. Here is a timeline of the case:
- July 12: McLeod and Schmegelsky left their homes in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, to search for work in Whitehorse, Yukon, according to Schmegelsky’s grandmother.
- July 15: Police found the bodies of Deese and Fowler with multiple bullet wounds at Liard Hot Springs off Canada’s Highway 97. Nearby was the blue 1986 Chevrolet van that they were using for a road trip.
- July 19: Police found a burnt-out Dodge truck belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake, and declared the teens missing. Two kilometers from the smoldering wreck police find a dead body.
- July 23: Pair seen in northern Saskatchewan driving a 2011 Toyota RAV4.
- July 23: A car matching that description is found in Gillam, Manitoba, apparently having also been set on fire.
- July 23: Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper reported that a Nazi symbol was found on a gaming account used by both teens in 2018.
- July 24: The body found by the teen’s car is identified as that of 64-year-old Dyck, from Vancouver.
- July 24: Police announce McLeod and Schmegelsky are the sole suspects in all three murders, after suggesting on Monday that the deaths may be linked.
Alan Schmegelsky broke into sobs while speaking to press on Wednesday, and said just before the teens drove away, his son had bought a smart black suit with money he’d made from a job at Walmart.
"Now I realize it’s his funeral suit," he said.
Keith McLeod, father to the second of the teens, said in a statement: "Kam is a kind, considerate, caring young man (who) always has been concerned about other people’s feelings."
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