2 missing teens now considered suspects in 3 Northern BC deaths

Jul 23 2019, 5:58 pm

The BC RCMP has confirmed that two Vancouver Island teens are suspects in three deaths in Northern BC.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were deemed “missing” by the RCMP on Monday.

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Today, police say, the teens are wanted in relation to the death of a man found near their burnt-out pickup truck, found near Dease Lake.

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

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Chynna Noelle Deese and Lucas Robertson Fowler (RCMP)

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

Police say McLeod and Schmegelsky have left Northern BC and they were spotted in northern Saskatchewan. They were last seen driving a silver 2011 Toyota RAV4.

Anyone who sees them is asked not to approach and call 911 immediately.

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

Timeline of events

The timeline of events began on July 15, when RCMP was called to an area approximately 20 km south of Liard Hot Springs on Highway 97.

Upon their arrival, police found the two deceased adults – a man and a woman.

The woman has since been identified as Chynna Noelle Deese of the US, and the man has been identified as Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia.

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Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese/ BC RCMP

The vehicle that was discovered as part of the investigation – a blue, 1986 Chevrolet van with Alberta plates – was owned by Fowler and “was being used by the couple to explore northern British Columbia,” police said.

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 — who were then declared missing persons.

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

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.

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In a press conference on Monday, RCMP did not rule out that the initial missing persons’ investigation involving McLeod and Schmegelsky, the deceased man found near their scorched truck, and the deaths of Deese and Fowler were connected.

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

McLeod and Schmegelsky are originally from Port Alberni and were initially believed to be travelling through BC to get to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory for work.

More on this as it develops …