Dease Island RCMP are seeking the whereabouts of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni after their vehicle was discovered on fire south of Dease Lake on July 19, 2019. (RCMP)

Dease Island RCMP are seeking the whereabouts of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni after their vehicle was discovered on fire south of Dease Lake on July 19, 2019. (RCMP)

VIDEO: Man found dead near Alberni teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18

Police released on Monday a composite sketch of the man found dead in northern B.C. near the burning vehicle of two missing Port Alberni teenagers, adding that he could be connected to a double homicide further north.

The red and grey pickup truck and camper that had been carrying Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, was discovered on fire on Highway 37 near the Stikine River Bridge, south of Dease Lake, on Friday.

Dease Lake RCMP are looking for two Port Alberni youth associated with a red and grey Dodge camper truck that was found on fire 50 kilometres south of Dease Lake on July 19, 2019. Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are missing. (RCMP)

McLeod and Schmegelsky were travelling through B.C. to Whitehorse to look for work and it’s “not clear why they returned to B.C.”

However, some have suggested they may have been headed to Alberta.

Police also discovered a man’s body in a highway pullout several kilometres away from the scene of the burned truck. They have put out a sketch, hoping someone can identify him.

Cpl. Chris Manseau said “it’s possible” the man could be connected to a separate case 500 kilometres to the northeast, where Chynna Noelle Deese and Lucas Robertson Fowler were found dead near Liard Hot Springs on July 15.

Manseau declined to comment on the condition of the man’s body, or if police had determined a cause of death. He did not deny that there could be a connection between the deaths of the couple found near Liard Hot Springs, the dead man and the missing teens, a marked departure from last week when police said they did not believe there could be such a link.

The teens are not considered suspects, or even persons of interest, in the homicide case to the east.

READ MORE: Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

READ MORE: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

The two had communicated with family phone during their travels, but no one had heard from them in several days.

Police said the boys could simply be in an area with spotty cell service, but that the burned car had police and families concerned.

They were travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and B.C. license plate LW6433, and were last seen heading south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake at around 3:15 p.m. on July 18.

“We are asking for Kam or Bryer to contact police and tell us they are okay,” said Manseau.

McLeod is described as 6’4, approximately 169 lbs., with dark brown hair, facial hair and brown eyes.

Schmegelsky is also described as 6’4, approximately 169 lbs, with sandy brown hair.

Police acknowledged public concerns about safety in the region with the “tragic and unusual” nature of Fowler and Deese’s deaths, as well as the man’s body found a few kilometres of the missing teens’ truck.

“We would like to stress the importance of heightened vigilance and awareness for anyone travelling in and around the area,” she said.

Police are encouraging travellers to camp in known and established areas, keep in contact with family and have a plan of where they are headed.

twitter.com

READ MORE: Alberni teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, B.C.


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

VIDEO: Man found dead near Alberni teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

Just Posted

Cowichan Valley writer Jennifer Manuel will headlining YakFest on March 1. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Cowichan Valley writer to headline next YakFest on March 1

YakFest is a B.C.-based monthly women’s event held online via Zoom

The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
North Island College plans tourism networking event

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on Vancouver Island’s tourism industry

Members of Alberni Valley Rescue Squad were at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 to practice helicopter hover exit training with Ascent Helicopters out of Parksville. When executing a search in difficult terrain, it isn’t always possible to land a helicopter, so volunteer searchers must be certified in hover exits. (BILL MCLEOD/ Special to the AV News)
Alberni Valley Rescue Society receives much-needed $40K gaming grant

Bamfield volunteer fire department also funded

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

The current exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre features paintings from the Community Arts Council’s permanent collection. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
ARTS AROUND: Last chance to join Alberni Valley artist guide

The guide will include local artists and a map

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

Most Read