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Canada fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ‘took their own lives’

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Deanna Wagner | 13 August, 2019, 06:58

The Manitoba medical examiner completed the autopsies and confirmed that the bodies found last week were indeed 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.

The bodies of the three were found in mid-July near highways in northern B.C., and a manhunt lasting two weeks followed. The couple's bodies were discovered July 15 beside the Alaska Highway, 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs. Investigators are still working to confirm if the guns were used in the deaths.

The 19-year-olds are suspected of killing Australian Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese and Canadian academic Leonard Dyck last month in British Columbia.

Jade City is about 350 kilometres from where the two bodies were found.

Police declined to release a cause of death, saying that "the manner in which he died is not important at this point".

RCMP have not confirmed that the procedures had been completed, saying in an email Sunday evening that more information would be provided on Monday.

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.

That would include ruling out any other possible suspects.

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"We anticipate that the charge will be abated once the (prosecution service) receives official confirmation that the accused is deceased".

Nothing indicates the victims were "targeted" for a particular reason, Hackett said.

Hackett said Dyck's injuries are known but out of respect for his family there is no need to reveal them for his family's sake.

The RCMP say the two teen suspects from B.C. who spurred a country-wide manhunt shot themselves to death.

The sighting led to a community lockdown and heavy search.

A follow-up search of the area uncovered items linked to the teens and eventually to their bodies. They say they are investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia allegedly sent by Schmegelsky to another user on a video game network.

Two teenage Canadian fugitives who were the target of a nationwide manhunt took their own lives with gunshots, police said on Monday following the completion of an autopsy report.

Police said McLeod and Schmegelsky were dead for a number of days before they were found, but said they were strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen on July 22 and during extensive search efforts in the area. The suspects had not been seen since the burned-out auto was found on July 22.