2 missing Canadians are now suspects in the deaths of 3 people

Two Canadian teens who were believed missing are now considered to be suspects in the shooting deaths of a young American woman and her Australian boyfriend, as well as in the death of an unknown man.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are considered dangerous, and members of the public should not approach them, authorities said. They were last seen in northern Saskatchewan — about a day’s drive east of where the bodies were found in British Columbia — driving a gray 2011 Toyota RAV4, authorities said.

McLeod is 6 feet, 4 inches, 169 pounds and has dark hair, facial hair and brown eyes, and Schmegelsky is 6 feet, 4 inches, 169 pounds with sandy hair, police said.

They are suspected in the shooting deaths of Chynna Noelle Deese, a 24-year-old American, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend. Their bodies were found on July 15 about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs in northern British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Fowler was living in British Columbia, and they were exploring the area while Deese was visiting him, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said. Deese’s mother, Sheila Deese, said the couple had been on a road trip through Canada up to Alaska.

In addition, police said a vehicle belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky was found burning on the side of Highway 37 on Friday. While investigating the fire, police discovered the body of an unknown man more than a mile away, the RCMP said in a statement.

Authorities released a composite sketch of the man to assist in confirming his identity.

The man was described as a Caucasian with a heavy build, 50-60 years old with gray hair and a bushy beard, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

The announcement that McLeod and Schmegelsky are suspects came just a day after the RCMP said it was a “possible” that their disappearance was related to the couple’s death. Cpl. Chris Manseau had said it was unusual for investigators in sparsely populated northern British Columbia to have two “complex and dynamic” cases at once.

The teens, both from Port Alberni, were traveling through British Columbia to the Yukon Territory to look for work, the RCMP had said.

Family of victim speaks out
Canadian police released surveillance video on Monday of Fowler and Deese, the young couple, at a gas station in Fort Nelson on July 13. The video shows the couple arriving in Fowler’s van at 7:30 p.m. and departing the gas station at 7:47 p.m., investigators said.

Deese’s mother, Sheila Deese, told CNN that she spent the night watching that video over and over again.

“Every night gets harder. The sketch was not bothering me, it was the video,” she said.

Deese’s older brother Stetson, 30, said he was struck by their loving embrace seen in the video.

“That video shows they were happy, healthy, and well on their way, to possibly getting engaged and all that. They didn’t look like they had a concern in the world,” he said. “They were a team and a unit. It was haunting to see that video, because they looked in great shape. There was nothing wrong.”

Stetson Deese said that the pictures and videos of the couple only paint a glimpse of their reality.

“They were even nicer than they looked in their picture. They were attracted to each other because they were so much alike. Free spirited. Nothing stopped Chynna from her doing anything she wanted to do, going anywhere she wanted to go. She was living her life to her fullest,” Stetson Deese said.

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