Canadian Teen Fugitives Suspected of Murder Found Dead

Chynna Noelle Deese and Lucas Robertson Fowler were found dead along the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. on July 15.
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Chynna Noelle Deese and Lucas Robertson Fowler were found dead along the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. on July 15. Facebook

MacLatchy says she is confident it is them, but an autopsy will confirm the identities.

"This morning at approximately 10 a.m. RCMP officers located two male bodies in the dense brush within one kilometre from where the items were found", said MacLatchy.

From there, specialized RCMP officers were able to narrow the search area and scour higher probability areas.

The pair fled east from British Columbia across the northern expanses of the country's prairie provinces, covering nearly 3000km before the silver 2011 Toyota RAV4 they were known to be driving was found burnt out near the remote Manitoba town of Gillam on 23 July.

Schmegelsky and McLeod were charged with second-degree murder after the death of Vancouver man Leonard Dyck. The towns have populations of around 1200 and 400 respectively and over the past couple weeks had been flooded with RCMP and Canadian Forces as the hunt for the fugitives went on.

A manhunt for the pair had spread across three provinces and included the Canadian military.

Prior to the start of the northern Manitoba search, the men were spotted in northern Saskatchewan driving the grey 2011 Toyota Rav4 found burned out near Gillam.

The tweet said that the teens' bodies were found about eight kilometers, or nearly five miles, away from a 2011 Toyota Rav 4, which the police found in flames last month.

Shoihet said B.C. officers felt a sense of relief after hearing Wednesday's major update, even though it was not the ending investigators would have wanted.

On Friday, August 2nd, that one critical piece of evidence was found - items directly linked to the suspects were located on the shoreline of the Nelson River.

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Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee also commended the tireless efforts of volunteer community patrol teams like the Bear Clan and offered his support to northern residents who are still reeling from this experience.

The two teens were initially described as missing people when their truck was found abandoned but were later named suspects. "So there may be additional items that could help in that regard - identifying a motive, etc. - but we don't have that information yet", he said.

The deputy mayor of a northern Manitoba community at the centre of a massive manhunt says it will be a long time before things return to normal.

"Welcome news for the communities of Fox Lake and Gillam, for sure", said Forman.

Mounties have said it could be hard to determine a motive if the suspects can't be interviewed. He said there is significant evidence that links both murder scenes.

In an interview with the Canadian Press, Schmegelsky's father Alan denied that his son was obsessed with Nazi ideology, but conceded that he was likely "in serious pain".

CBC News reached out the families of McLeod and Schmegelsky but did not hear back.

Another theory to gain considerable attention online was that there were more than three victims connected to Schmegelsky and McLeod. No additional suspects are being actively investigated at this time. Schmegelsky allegedly sent photographs of a swastika armband and a Hitler Youth knife to an online friend on the video-game network Steam.

Minions said concern that violent video games can influence youth development is widespread and fears about the impact of racism goes beyond Port Alberni.

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