On July 23 RCMP officially named Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky suspects in the homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, two tourists who were found shot south of Liard Hot Springs on the Alaska Highway the morning of July 15, as well as another man found two kilometres from the missing teens’ truck. The suspects are still on the run and considered armed and dangerous.

Port Alberni teens charged with second degree murder, remain at large

Leonard Dyck of Vancouver was found dead at a highway pullout near Dease Lake

Port Alberni teens Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky have been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the man found dead in northern B.C., police say. The two young men remain at large.

The victim, who was identified as Leonard Dyck of Vancouver late Wednesday, was found on at a pullout on Highway 37, just south of where McLeod and Schmegelsky’s red and grey truck was found ablaze on Friday.

The teens remain suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, whose bodies were discovered on July 15 along the Alaska Highway, south of Liard Hot Springs.

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18 in Dyck’s death. They were last seen in Gillam, Man., on Monday night, where their burned Rav 4 was found, according to police.

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RCMP said they have released Dyck’s name in hopes of furthering the investigation into all three deaths, and are urging anyone who may have spoken to him during his travels in northern B.C. to contact the major crimes tipline at 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.

In a statement released by Mounties, Dyck’s family asked for privacy and called his death a tragedy.

“We are truly heart broken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len,” the statement reads. “He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened.”

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In northern Manitoba, RCMP set up checkpoints along the major roads in the area of Gillam, while officers scour the rural area where the pair’s last used vehicle was found.

The young men are considered to be armed and dangerous. They may be using a vehicle, on foot or even travelling separately, police said. Investigators believe they could have changed their appearances, and are urging the public to use caution if they spot them and to call 911.


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