Missing Teens Now Suspects in 3 BC Murders

Their burned-out vehicle was found near a body
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2019 2:19 AM CDT
Missing Teens Now Suspects in 3 BC Murders
Security camera images recorded in Saskatchewan of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are displayed as Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett speaks during a news conference in Surrey, British Columbia, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian teenagers Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were declared missing after their burned-out vehicle was found in northern British Columbia on Friday. Police are still looking for the pair—but they are now considered fugitive murder suspects. The Mounties say the Vancouver Islands teens are suspects in the death of an unidentified man whose body was found around a mile away from their vehicle, and in the double murder around a week earlier of North Carolina woman Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, her Australian boyfriend, NBC reports. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Janelle Shoihet warned Tuesday that the teens should be considered extremely dangerous and anybody who sees them should call 911 instead of approaching them, the Province reports.

The Mounties say the teens, who were last seen in a grey 2011 Toyota RAV4, have left British Columbia and are probably still on the move. There were reports of sightings in northern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba on Tuesday. Before they were named as murder suspects, Schmegelsky's father told the CBC the best friends were "just kids on an adventure." He said they were "good boys" who had recently graduated high school. He said that after working for five weeks in the Walmart in Port Alberni and finding their first jobs "disappointing," they departed July 12, saying they were going to look for work in the Yukon Territory. The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found along the side of the Alaska Highway three days later. (The RCMP is still looking for a man believed to be among the last to see the couple before they were shot dead.)

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