Teens missing after burning truck and body found in Northern BC

Jul 22 2019, 8:05 pm

The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two teens whose burning pickup truck was discovered in Northern BC last week.

Police say Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have not been in contact with their families for the last few days.

On July 19, Dease Lake RCMP was called to a vehicle fire 50 km south of Dease Lake near the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37. Upon investigation, police determined the vehicle belonged to McLeod and Schmegelsky.

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Police later discovered a body two km away near the highway pullout. Authorities confirmed that the deceased person was neither McLeod or Schmegelsky.

Police say it is unclear how the deceased male may be connected with the vehicle fire or the missing men.

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The man was between 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, Caucasian with a heavy build and a grey bushy beard. He was believed to be between 50 to 60 years old.

Anyone with any information about the deceased male is asked to please call 1-877-543-4822  or 778-290-5291.

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Composite sketch of man found near missing teens’ burnt out truck (BC RCMP)

McLeod and Schmegelsky were travelling through BC to get to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory for work.  It is unclear why they returned to BC.

In a press conference today, RCMP did not rule out the possibility that the missing persons’ case or the deceased man found near McLeod and Schmegelsky’s scorched vehicle could be linked to the deaths of  24-year-old Chynna Noelle Deese 23-year-old Lucas Robertson Fowler.

The young couple were the victims of gun violence in northern BC last week.

“It’s possible. It’s possible. We have two complex and dynamic ongoing investigations that are happening in Northern BC,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau.

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Chynna Noelle Deese and Lucas Robertson Fowler (RCMP)

The RCMP is asking McLeod and Schmegelsky to contact police as soon as possible.

“Or we ask that anyone who may have spoken to or seen them over the last few days to call police so we can get a better understanding as to where they might be or their plans,” said Dawn Roberts, of BC RCMP Communications, in a previous release.

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

They were travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and BC License plate LW6433. They were last seen travelling south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake at around 3:15 pm on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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Anyone with any information is about McLeod Schmegelsky,  is asked to please call Dease Lake RCMP 250-771-4111, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.