Full RCMP release: Suspects identified in three Northern B.C. deaths

Thursday, 25 Jul, 2019

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had previously said they were searching for 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, whose burning vehicle had been discovered in British Columbia.

Two teenagers, first categorized as missing in Canada, are now suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist, his American girlfriend and an unidentified man whose body was found near the teens' abandoned, flaming auto, police said on Tuesday.

The footage comes as Lucas' father, NSW Police senior officer Stephen Fowler, shared a touching statement about his beloved son and his girlfriend shortly after arriving in Canada following the shocking news of their deaths.

The couple's bodies were discovered on July 15 near their blue, 1986 Chevrolet van about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, a popular tourist destination in the far north of the province, about 150 kilometres south of the boundary with Yukon.

It is unclear what shifted police to name them as suspects but at a press conference on Tuesday, a RMP spokesman said: 'If you see them, do not approach, take no action, and immediately call 911'.

The pair are considered risky and if spotted, the public should contact authorities immediately, police said.

The two men were last seen in northern Saskatchewan driving a grey 2011 Toyota Rav 4, Mounties said.

Tragic love story. Lucas Fowler and his girlfriend Chynna Deese.

During that missing persons investigation they found the body of an unidentified man about a mile from the abandoned vehicle south of Dease Lake.

But in a freaky twist revealed yesterday, police now say the man was not the vehicle's owner and that two teens travelling in that vehicle are missing.

The teens, both from Port Alberni, B.C., are 6-foot-4 and weigh around 169 pounds.

On Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) released a composite of a man they want to speak to. She said they were on their own and she doesn't believe they had a conversation with the employee.

Claudia Bunce, owner of the Cassiar Mountain Jade Store in Jade City, B.C., said McLeod and Schmegelsky stopped in at some point last Thursday, the day before their burned-out truck was found about 115 kilometres away.

Police later confirmed they were "victims of gun violence" after earlier revealing their bodies were "unrecognisable".

She said investigators received new information after appealing to the public on Monday.

The RCMP released new, recent security camera photos of the teens in northern Saskatchewan. It's just devastating and our heart goes out to the whole of her family.

The mystery deepened as police appealed for information on the missing teenagers whose burning truck was found next to the body of a man on Friday 500km away.

"This man may not be aware that investigators are interested in speaking to him", Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said.

The RCMP is looking for the public's help to find suspects connected to both homicides in Northern B.C.