Security camera images recorded in Saskatchewan of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are displayed as RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet speaks during a news conference in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday July 23, 2019. RCMP say two British Columbia teenagers who were first thought to be missing are now considered suspects in the deaths of three people in northern B.C. The bodies of Australian Lucas Fowler, his girlfriend Chynna Deese, of Charlotte, N.C., and an unidentified man were found a few kilometres from the teens’ burned-out vehicle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Security camera images recorded in Saskatchewan of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are displayed as RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet speaks during a news conference in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday July 23, 2019. RCMP say two British Columbia teenagers who were first thought to be missing are now considered suspects in the deaths of three people in northern B.C. The bodies of Australian Lucas Fowler, his girlfriend Chynna Deese, of Charlotte, N.C., and an unidentified man were found a few kilometres from the teens’ burned-out vehicle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Father of teen suspect in B.C. deaths: ‘I’m sitting at home worrying about my son’

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in connection to three deaths in northern B.C.

The father of one of the Port Alberni teens at the centre of a nationwide manhunt is urging his son to return home.

“I’m sitting at home worrying about my son,” Keith McLeod said in a written statement Wednesday, adding that his Port Alberni home has become a focal point of media attention since RCMP announced that 19-year-old Kam McLeod and his friend, 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, are suspects in three deaths last week.

McLeod said he has little information about what has transpired since Friday, when two young tourists were found dead near Liard Hot Springs in northern B.C.

Initially, McLeod and Schmegelsky were reported missing, after their red and grey truck was found burned near Dease Lake on July 19, not far from where an unidentified man was found dead at a highway pullout.

Police said at the time the two were believed to be heading to the Yukon to look for work, and did not appear to be connected to the tourists’ deaths.

On Tuesday, police instead announced the young men were in fact suspects in the deaths of Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of North Carolina, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, of Australia.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were last spotted in northern Manitoba on Monday night, after first being seen in Meadow Lake, Sask., on Sunday. Police believe they could have changed their appearances, and are urging the public to use caution if they spot the young men, described as six-foot-four inches tall and each weighing around 169 pounds.

BC RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said Tuesday that police have been in contact with both boys’ families to ask for help finding them.

No one answered a phone number listed on Schmegelsky’s father’s Facebook page, and a person who answered the phone at a McLeod residence in Port Alberni hung up.

A woman who answered the phone at a home listed under Schmegelsky in Wynyard, Sask., declined to comment.

“I have nothing to say at this time. Can’t you just please leave us alone?” she said through tears before hanging up.

McLeod said he knows one thing for sure.

“Kam is a kind, considerate, caring young man always has been concerned about other people’s feelings,” he said.

“As we are trapped in our homes due to media people, we try to wrap our heads around what is happening and hope that Kam will come to us safely so we can all get to the bottom of this story.”

Anyone who spots either of the young men should not approach them and call 911.

READ MORE: Father of suspect in 3 B.C. deaths expects son will go out in ‘blaze of glory’

READ MORE: ‘It’s incomprehensible’: Locals react to Port Alberni teens wanted for 3 deaths

READ MORE: Manhunt on for Port Alberni teens in three B.C. killings: A timeline of what we know

With a file from The Canadian Press


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