VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – New documents reveal chilling details about the two teenagers involved in one of the biggest manhunts in Canadian history.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were the focus of a two-week search across western Canada in the summer after the deaths of three people in northern B.C.
The pair set off from Port Alberni in July, apparently in search of work in the Yukon. When they disappeared, they were initially considered missing persons, but the manhunt began when the truck and camper they had been driving was found burned a few kilometres from where the body of Leonard Dyck was discovered at a B.C. highway pullout on July 15.
While on the run, they were charged with the murder of the University of British Columbia botany lecturer, and were also suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler.
New documents, court records obtained by a number of media outlets, detail the complicated crime scenes of the three victims.
They indicate McDonald’s french fries were found around Dyck’s body, though the nearest franchise location was an eight-hour drive away and it’s not clear how the food got there. While police were investigating, those passing through the area reported a bathroom stall a ways away that was covered in blood, and in yet another location, a garbage can that had been set on fire.
The new documents also include information about a potential fourth victim – a man who says he was stalked by the killers while he took a nap in his car by the side of the road. The man managed to escape by driving quickly away as one of the teens approached his vehicle with a shotgun on foot.
The RCMP said in September that six videos made by the teens before their deaths, recorded on a camera that belonged to one of their victims, revealed they planned to kill more people.
The bodies of Schmegelsky, who was 18, and 19-year-old McLeod were found in August in Manitoba, where they had died by suicide.
With files from Marcella Bernardo and the Canadian Press