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WorldRCMP say B.C. fugitives died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire

01:50  13 august  2019
01:50  13 august  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Canada manhunt continues with dive teams called in to help search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky

Canada manhunt continues with dive teams called in to help search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky Canadian police leading the manhunt for the suspected killers of Australian Lucas Fowler and his girlfriend Chynna Deese call in dive recovery teams to search a river. The search for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, has been going on for weeks, with authorities combing thousands of square kilometres for any sign of the fugitives. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au They are suspects in the murders of Mr Fowler, 23, and Ms Deese, 24, who were found shot dead on the side of a highway in the western province of British Colombia (BC).

Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP ) said earlier, cited by local media, they have found the bodies of two teenagers wanted for a string of murders in British Columbia.

The father of one of the two suspects in the deaths of three people in northern British Columbia believes his son is dealing with serious mental anguish and intends to die in a police confrontation. Father of suspect in 3 B . C . deaths says son intends to die in police gunfire .

RCMP say B.C. fugitives died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire© RCMP A still taken from surveillance footage released by the RCMP shows McLeod, left, and Schmegelsky, right, leaving a store in Meadow Lake, Sask., on July 21. RCMP confirmed Monday the two bodies found in northern Manitoba last week are those of homicide suspects, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, and said the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire.

The bodies were found Wednesday, ending a 13-day cross-country search for the two men from Port Alberni, B.C.

Mounties had expressed confidence that the bodies belong to the men, but officers were not able to confirm the identities until autopsies were completed by the Manitoba Medical Examiner.

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Courchaine said RCMP officers remain in the Gillam area as part of the search for evidence in the area where the bodies were found. It’s not known how long it’ll take to get answers from the autopsies being conducted on bodies found in northern Manitoba believed to be two B . C . homicide suspects

Surrey RCMP say it appears he died after shooting himself. Just after 12:30 a . m ., police say a woman, believed to be in her 20s, was found lying in the middle of a road in a Cloverdale neighbourhood suffering from fatal gunshot wounds. So far, investigators believe this was a targeted

The autopsies suggest both individuals were dead for several days before they were found, but the exact time of their deaths are not known.

RCMP say B.C. fugitives died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire© Angela Johnston/CBC A casket is loaded by RCMP into a plane near Gilliam, Man. on Aug. 7. RCMP said they believe bodies found near the Nelson River that day are those of B.C. fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. Police said two firearms were found near the bodies, and forensic analysis is underway to confirm whether these weapons are connected with the northern B.C. homicide investigations.

The search for McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, who would have turned 19 on Aug. 4, covered 11,000 square kilometres in northern Manitoba alone — an area larger than Jamaica.

The two men are suspects in the deaths of a young couple and a botanist, killed within days of each other in northern B.C. last month. They had all been taking summer road trips.

Canada manhunt turns up items linked to Lucas Fowler murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky

Canada manhunt turns up items linked to Lucas Fowler murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky Canadian police say they have found "several items directly linked" to two fugitives on the run since the murders of Sydney man Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, last month.

Manitoba RCMP have located a new item in connection to the remains believed to be those of B . C “Our team did locate an item that may be of interest to the investigation but it will have to be examined to determine its relevance,” RCMP spokesman Paul Manaigre said in a statement Saturday morning.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. The website also includes a list of 24-hour crisis lines found across the country that can be found here. RCMP say damaged boat found in river near Gillam, Man. RCMP sending dive team to Gillam to search for B . C . fugitives .

UBC lecturer Leonard Dyck, 64, was found dead on a highway pullout on July 19. A burned-out camper truck believed to be driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky was found in the vicinity.

Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24, had been found dead days earlier next to Fowler's blue Chevy van at the side of the Alaska Highway — hundreds of kilometres from where Dyck would be found. The couple had been shot.

McLeod and Schmegelsky, who told their families they were going to Whitehorse in search of work, were initially believed to be missing after the camper truck was found. RCMP named them suspects in the three killings on July 22, warning the public they were armed and dangerous.

13-day search in northern Manitoba

RCMP say B.C. fugitives died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire© New South Wales Police; University of British Columbia The bodies of tourists Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, left, were found near Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15. University lecturer Leonard Dyck, right, was found dead four days later near Dease Lake, B.C. A nationwide search for the fugitives ramped up after a Toyota RAV4, later confirmed to have belonged to Dyck, was found scorched near Fox Lake Cree Nation on July 22. RCMP believe the suspects had been driving the vehicle.

End of the road for teenage Canadian serial killers: Coffins carrying the fugitives' remains are loaded into a police vehicle as footage emerges of the dense brush hide-out where they ate sardines, pork chops and oranges for their last meal

End of the road for teenage Canadian serial killers: Coffins carrying the fugitives' remains are loaded into a police vehicle as footage emerges of the dense brush hide-out where they ate sardines, pork chops and oranges for their last meal Corpses believed to belong to Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were found less than a mile from the Nelson River near Gillam, Manitoba, on Wednesday morning. Footage shows the densely-wooded area that served as the suspects' final hide-out, where they ate a meal of sardines, pork chops and oranges before setting alight the car they had driven across five Canadian provinces with police hot on their heels. The burned-out vehicle, a discarded sleeping bag, scraps of pork and orange peels and a marooned aluminum boat formed a trail of evidence that led authorities to the bodies.

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders

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The gruelling search had Mounties and Canadian military trawling unforgiving Manitoba backcountry riddled with boggy swamps and clouds of insects. The hunt left many locals afraid to leave their homes, threw quiet communities into the international media spotlight and transfixed Canadians across the country.

Investigators received more than 1,000 tips during their search. RCMP announced they were scaling back the operation after nine days of unsuccessful efforts on July 31. But two days later, a damaged boat and several personal items linked to the fugitives were found along Manitoba's Nelson River, which flows between Gillam, Man., and Fox Lake.

RCMP say B.C. fugitives died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire© Tyson Koschik/CBC RCMP officers stand near the site where the burnt-out vehicle used by the two B.C. homicide suspects was found on July 22 during the massive police search near Gillam. That discovery led officers to the bodies. The remains were discovered eight kilometres northeast of where the RAV4 was found and one kilometre from where the personal items were located.

Manitoba RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre said the search was punishing.

Canadian killer fugitives' trail of clues: Billowing smoke, sardine cans, sleeping bag helped end manhunt

Canadian killer fugitives' trail of clues: Billowing smoke, sardine cans, sleeping bag helped end manhunt Canadian killer fugitives' trail of clues: Billowing smoke, sardine cans, sleeping bag helped end manhunt

When Americans think about deaths from guns , we tend to focus on homicides. But the problem of gun suicide is inescapable: More than 60 percent of people in this country who die from guns die by suicide . Suicide gets a lot less attention than murders for a few reasons.

Saturday, police said most of Slocan’s residents would be allowed back into their homes, except for those living near where the confrontation took place. “We still have checkpoints in place and check people coming in and out, but people are going to be allowed to come into their homes as of today

RCMP say B.C. fugitives died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire© Tyson Koschik/CBC Two bodies, thought to be of McLeod and Schmegelsky, were found near the Nelson River in northern Manitoba on Aug. 7. "We were describing it over the last couple of weeks as being some pretty dense bush and some pretty remarkable terrain — in my opinion that's almost an understatement," said Manaigre, who participated in police searches after the bodies were found.

"It was incredible. The steep hills, you've got a fast moving river with very little riverbank.… It's unimaginable how … you could traverse that type of area."

Manaigre said a motive for the B.C. killings is still unknown.

"That's going to be the biggest puzzle to solve in this investigation," he said. "And we hope we can get some answers on that question."

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Autopsies complete on bodies found in northern Manitoba.
Autopsies complete on bodies found in northern Manitoba

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