Manitoba RCMP confirm two recent sightings of BC teen murder suspects

Jul 25 2019, 9:20 pm

RCMP have confirmed that there have been two sightings of BC murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in Manitoba.

In an update today, Cpl. Julie Courchaine with the Manitoba RCMP said there have been two “established and corroborated sightings” of McLeod and Schmegelsky in the Gillam, Manitoba area.

“These sightings were prior to the discovery of the burnt-out vehicle,” Courchaine said.

Manitoba RCMP confirmed that that the RAV4 the pair were travelling in, was recovered on fire in the Gillam area in the Northern part of the province in the evening of July 22.

The teens have been charged with one count of second-degree murder each for the death of University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck, who was found near their burnt-out pickup truck close to Dease Lake, BC on July 19.

They are also suspects in the deaths of 24-year-old Chynna Noelle Deese and 23-year-old Lucas Robertson Fowler.

Courchaine said that there also have been no recent reports of stolen vehicles that could be attributed to McLeod and Schmegelsky, leading police to believe they are still near Gillum.

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Manitoba RCMP has called in multiple resources to search for the wanted teens, including the emergency response team, the crisis negation team, police dog services, and air services assets. Out of province RCMP officers have also been brought in to help with the investigation.

Courchaine said the area being searched is “very challenging terrain.”

“This is a large area. There’s lots of dense bush, forests, swampy areas, so it is very challenging.”

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky.

Kam McLeod is described as:

  • 6 foot 4
  • Approximately 169 pounds
  • Dark brown hair and facial hair
  • Brown eyes

Bryer Schmegelsky is described as:

  • 6 foot 4
  • Approximately 169 pounds
  • Sandy brown hair

The BC RCMP Major Crime tiplines remain open in support of the Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese homicide investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.

Anyone who sees McLeod or Schmegelsky is instructed to call 911 immediately.