Canada murders: Bodies found in hunt for two suspects

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While an autopsy is still required to confirm that the bodies are those of Schmegelsky and McLeod, Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, the commanding officer of the RCMP's Manitoba branch believes it's the teens the RCMP been hunting for the past three weeks.

"The search is over".

Authorities said that they found items linked to the two teens near the shore five days before they found their bodies.

Four days later, authorities discovered the body of 64-year-old Vancouver resident Leonard Dyck on the side of the highway, roughly 290 miles away.

McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, whose 19th birthday was on Monday, were wanted in the killing of Deese, 24, an American, and her boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian.

"Investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern B.C. homicide investigations, in order to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese", the statement says.

Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said it will be hard, but there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive.

"We believe they are in fact the individuals we were searching for", RCMP British Columbia assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett told reporters.

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod are dead, and the world may never know why the teenagers embarked on a Canadian highway killing spree that began with the senseless deaths of Australian tourist Lucas Fowler and his United States girlfriend Chynna Deese.

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"To the officers involved in the search, I commend you in your determination".

Ms Deese's brother, British Deese, said the family needed time to process the news that the suspects' bodies were apparently found.

The remote community had been the focus of an exhaustive investigative effort to locate McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, whose 19th birthday was August 4, after key evidence and a confirmed sighting traced them to the unbridled wilderness of northern Manitoba. At the time, police issued an alert that the boys may have changed their appearance and "inadvertently been given assistance to leave the area by someone that was not aware of who they were".

"The search is over", RCMP Manitoba tweeted.

The hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod stretched across Canada. "I know exactly how you feel", Alan Schmegelsky said.

One of her friends has claimed they had heard the accused say he wanted to kill his whole family.

"My family and I do know that Kam is a kind, considerate and caring young man who has always been concerned about other people's feelings".

That led to the discovery of several items police were able to "directly link" to Schmegelsky and McLeod on the riverbank - just eight km from where they ditched their getaway vehicle.