VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Port Alberni teens now suspects in the deaths of three people are longtime friends and co-workers who didn’t seem to be on the RCMP’s radar before they were reported missing last week.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, went to the same high school and had worked at Walmart together. Earlier this month, they told their families they were heading north to look for jobs in Whitehorse and then seemingly disappeared.
Police started looking for them last Friday, but on July 23, BC RCMP said they’d been spotted in northern Saskatchewan and were now considered suspects in the homicides of American Chynna Deese and Australian Lucas Fowler, and in the suspicious death of an unidentified man.
They hadn’t been in contact with their families for a few days, police said, but had been seen in Dease Lake on July 18 travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper that was later found burned.
That’s when police seem to have made the connection between the missing men and the travelling couple, who were found dead by the side of the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs.
But who are Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky?
Bryer’s social media accounts suggest he’s a musician who, at one point, worked in construction with his father. Both attended Alberni District Secondary School and worked at a local Walmart.
Court records show the two teens haven’t had any interactions with police since legally becoming adults – no record of speeding tickets, let alone any serious offences.
Mounties say they have no reason to believe anyone else has been killed since the three bodies were found last week in northern B.C., but say they are dangerous and warn anyone who sees them not to approach, but to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Manitoba RCMP tweeted on Tuesday that the two may recently have been seen near Gillam, Manitoba – almost 3,000 kilometres away from where Deese and Fowler’s bodies were found.
PUBLIC SAFETY – Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/yh2yV78oZd
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 23, 2019