Final moments of Canada triple murder suspects unfolding

Erika Holt
August 13, 2019

They were charged with second-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a university professor in British Columbia, where the two suspects were also from.

The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found on the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres from where Dyck's body was discovered on July 19.

RCMP amassed a heavy presence around Gillam after the gray Toyota RAV4 driven by Schmegelsky and McLeod was found in flames on the highway between Gillam and Fox Lake, a small indigenous community to the north, on July 22. He also stated that it's going to be extremely hard to determine what the motive was for the murders and he's hoping the scene where the two bodies were found may have more clues. On the shore nearby, however, searchers found objects RCMP were able to "definitively" link with the pair.

But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games.

The men had managed to cross four provinces in 10 days and had last been confirmed to be in the proximity of Gillam before appearing to disappear without detection.

The RCMP says they have spoken with the victims' family members on the discovery of the two bodies.

Schmegelsky's father, Alan Schmegelsky, said earlier that he expected the nationwide manhunt to end in the death of his son, who he said was on "a suicide mission".

"Given now we believe the suspects are deceased it does complicate things for us", she said.

"It's surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find".

What comes next is probably the cause of death, to determine what exactly happened to the two men.

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Authorities were relieved that the alleged killers were found, she said, and hoped it ended a hard period for victims' families and the Manitoba communities of Gillam, Fox Lake and York Landing that were at the center of the manhunt. "What was the next step for them?"

The bodies were transported to Winnipeg for autopsy and the official results have officially been announced.

"The search is over", RCMP Manitoba tweeted on Wednesday.

But police say they are sure the killings are connected, and they have nothing to indicate anyone else was involved.

"It reads in part,"'you have become a nuisance to us and our neighbours", and says the family will not be making any statement.

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found dead by police. It was initially believed they died from smoke inhalation, but an autopsy revealed Jane, who was pregnant, had been stabbed to death.

Hackett said the case has been a dynamic and evolving one.

"If they didn't leave some kind of message, then we are never going to know".

After experiencing so much grief, he said, it's important for families to get some justice. Ben O'Hara-Byrne: The hunt for two B.C. murder suspects is over.

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