Teen fugitives who 'murdered' Aussie backpacker and his girlfriend are found dead

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2019

Perhaps investigators recovered fingerprints, DNA or firearms evidence that links the crime scenes.

Wayne Fowler, who has no relation to the victim, said there could be any number of possibilities.

"I am confidant there is no further risk to the public", he said.

Manaigre said a motive for the B.C. killings is still unknown.

Hackett said the pair likely chose the route across Canada - equal to the distance between London, UK and Moscow - to avoid people and maintain their freedom as long as possible.

Police are now investigating if the boat is connected to the teenagers and if they could have used it to continue to evade authorities by fleeing across the water.

As a result, police brought in a dive team to search the area.

Some items directly linked to them were found along the river on Friday which allowed police to narrow the search region.

It may also be hard to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said.

Mounties in Winnipeg say the bodies were discovered near the Nelson River.

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were the subjects of one of Canada's biggest ever manhunts.

He said the family believes they must have had engine trouble in their van.

Mounties have said it could be hard to determine a motive if the suspects can't be interviewed.

The pair were also suspects in the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler.

The young men had initially been considered missing persons when a truck and camper they were driving was found burned a few kilometres from where Dyck's body was discovered at a highway pullout on July 15.

Charges have yet to be announced in that investigation.

Hackett said the Dyck, Deese and Fowler families were informed of the Manitoba findings. "I know exactly how you feel", Alan Schmegelsky said. The suspects had not been seen since the burned-out vehicle was found on July 22. A house-to-house search was undertaken before forces moved to nearby York Factory last Sunday after an unconfirmed sighting of two men scavenging in the town dump.

The search for the two residents of the Vancouver Island community of Port Alberni spanned five provinces that ended in the woods of northern Manitoba last week.

The search for McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, who would have turned 19 on August 4, covered 11,000 square kilometres in northern Manitoba alone - an area larger than Jamaica.

The bodies were found on the bank of the Nelson River after a weekslong manhunt focused in Manitoba, said Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP.

"We were describing it over the last couple of weeks as being some pretty dense bush and some pretty remarkable terrain - in my opinion that's nearly an understatement", said Manaigre, who participated in police searches after the bodies were found. It's a huge area we're looking at.

German said investigators will look at the suspects' social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.

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