Canada tourist killings: Teenagers on the run charged with third murder

Thursday - 25/07/2019 12:41
Two Canadian teenagers on the run suspected of killing an Australian-American couple have been charged with the murder of a third man.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, after Leonard Dyck was found shot dead in British Columbia near a burnt-out camper van belonging to the pair.

Days earlier, tourists Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were also found shot dead.

The teenagers' disappearance has prompted a national manhunt by police.

What do we know about the victims?

On Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) identified the man as 64-year old Mr Dyck, a resident of Vancouver.

His body was found close to Dease Lake and the two teenagers have been charged with second degree murder over his death.

Leonard Dyck
Mr Dyck's family said his death had "created unthinkable grief"

In a statement, Mr Dyck's family said they were "truly heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss".

"His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened," they added.

The couple killed, Mr Fowler, 23 and from Australia, and American Ms Deese, 24, were on a two-week-long road trip across Canada.

Mr Fowler had been working in the country.

The bodies of Chynna Deese (left) and Lucas Fowler were discovered last week
The bodies of Chynna Deese (left) and Lucas Fowler were discovered last week

The couple were found shot dead 20km south of Liard Hot Springs - a popular tourist spot. Police believe they were killed on the night of 14 July.

Their 1986 blue Chevrolet minivan was found near their bodies, and eyewitnesses told media they had earlier seen the pair on the side of the road when their van had broken down.

What do we know about the suspects?

Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky, both from Vancouver Island, had been on their way to Yukon territory for work last week and have not been in contact with their families since.

The pair were initially considered missing, but on Tuesday police named them as suspects in the deaths of Mr Fowler and Ms Deese.

Mr Schmegelsky's father Alan Schmegelsky told the Canadian Press in an interview that he believes his son wants to die in a confrontation with police.

"They're going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this. That's what they're going to do," he said.

Canada map

A manhunt for the pair has been extended to the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where there have been reported sightings.

They were spotted driving a vehicle which was later discovered on fire in Manitoba on 24 July.

Police said the two were considered "armed and dangerous" and have warned the public not to approach them.


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