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B.C. fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died by suicide: RCMP

An autopsy confirms Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky died by suicide. The coroner says they two shot themselves to death.
An autopsy confirms Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky died by suicide. The coroner says they two shot themselves to death.

The autopsy couldn't confirm exactly when Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died, but RCMP believe they were alive for 'a few days'

The RCMP say the two teen suspects from B.C. who spurred a country-wide manhunt shot themselves to death.

The Manitoba Medical Examiner said its autopsy can’t determine exactly when Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, whose 19th birthday was on Aug. 4, died, but “there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.”

Police found two firearms with the bodies of the murder suspects, and say forensic analysis is underway to connect the weapons to the northern B.C. homicide investigations.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.

Dyck’s body was discovered along a highway pullout two kilometres south of Dease Lake, B.C., on July 19.

The pair were also suspects in the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. Their bodies were found along a highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.

The RCMP say the next step is assessing all the items found throughout the investigation to try and understand what happened to the three victims.

Police will continue to update the families involved and the public, but for now, the RCMP is done searching the area where the bodies were discovered, about eight kilometres from where a burned RAV4 connected to the teens was found on July 22.

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