Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bodies Found in Manitoba Confirmed to be Wanted Murder Suspects

Bodies Found in Manitoba Confirmed to be Wanted Murder Suspects

Manitoba RCMP confirmed on August 7 that officials had located bodies believed to be Schmegelsky and McLeod during a foot search of the area, approximately 8 km away from where the burnt vehicle was located last month, near Fox Lake Cree Nation.

Police say there are strong indications the men had been alive for a few days since they were last seen in July and during the intense manhunt which took place in the area in and around Gillam, Man. They are working to confirm whether the guns are connected to the murders.

The RCMP said Monday that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been dead for a number of days before their bodies were found near Gillam, Manitoba.

The two men were charged with second degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck, and were suspects in the deaths of American woman Chynna Dease and her Australian Boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. The couple's bodies were discovered July 15 beside the Alaska Highway, 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.

"The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary time lines, physical or digital evidence", the statement explains.

The police manhunt spanned hundreds of kilometres across four Canadian provinces.

He did not say what the item found Friday was, but says it "may be of interest to the investigation" and "will have to be examined to determine its relevance". The suspects had not been seen since a burned-out vehicle was found on July 22.

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The teenagers were later seen 3,300km (2,050 miles) to the east, in Manitoba, where police concentrated their search.

Police said the fugitives drove the equivalent of London to Moscow while on the run. A police helicopter initially spotted a damaged boat along the Nelson River last week and a follow-up search in the area uncovered the items directly linked to the two in what was described as very tough terrain.

Alan Schmegelsky said he didn't believe that his son identified as a neo-Nazi, but that he did think the memorabilia was "cool".

MacLatchy said there is a sense of relief for families of the victims involved and the communities in the area.

Police are now using forensics to analyse all items found during their search for the teen fugitives with the aim of piecing together exactly what happened to Fowler, Deese and Dyck so the can offer their respective families some closure.

"We are speechless", he said in a text message, declining further comment.

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