Police are confident that bodies found are the Canada manhunt suspects, but questions remain
Police strongly believe that bodies recovered on a riverbank near Gillam, Manitoba are the two suspects wanted in the nation-manhunt. This latest discovery in the lengthy investigation came through a search by RCMP divers after a discarded boat and several items linked to the suspects were discovered along the shoreline of the Nelson River.
B.C. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett has said that the autopsies to confirm the identity of the bodies and cause of death will take place Thursday, reports CTV News.
The British Columbia RCMP released a summary report of their investigation into the three homicides which took place in northern B.C. in August.
The report details the actions of the two suspects Kam McLeod and Bryar Schmegelsky before they eventually took their own lives in the dense bush of Manitoba. McLeod and Schmegelsky are believed to be responsible for the deaths of Lucas Robertson Fowler, Chynna Noel Deese and Leonard Dyck.
“Based on the autopsy findings, the firearms lab report, analysis of the scene and the content of the videos it is believed that McLeod shot Schmegelsky before shooting himself in a suicide pact,” claims the report.
During their press release earlier today, the RCMP announced that they would not be releasing the six videos and three images discovered on their cellular devices out of fear of inspiring copy cats.
“[The RCMP Behavioural Analysis Unit] believed that McLeod and Schmegelsky may have made the video recordings for notoriety and releasing them will be seen as an injustice to the victims and their families,” reads the report.
“In an effort to not sensationalize the actions of McLeod and Schmegelsky and to mitigate the potential of other individuals being inspired by McLeod and Schmegelsky to commit similar acts of violence, the videos will not be released to the public by the RCMP.”
In the videos both McLeod and Schmegelsky repeatedly take responsibility for the three murders and show no remorse for their actions. Their apparent plan was to continue killing more innocent people before hijacking a boat in the Hudson Bay and fleeing to Europe or Africa. They are also alleged to have discussed killing themselves.
The RCMP have also concluded that no clear motive could be declared in the murders but that the victims were picked opportunistically.
Other new information highlighted by the report includes the weapons used by the suspects. The guns, which were bought legally were two SKS rifles.
Furthermore, while on the Alaska Highway, another witness is alleged to have been approached by a man with a rifle before fleeing past a vehicle that matched the description of the suspects.
The pair were also stopped by a constable who failed to recognize them before letting them go in Split Lake, Manitoba.
RCMP have officially confirmed that the two bodies found in northern Manitoba last week belong to Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.
A completed autopsy on the two bodies confirm their identity, and the results have found that the teens committed suicide by gun.
“While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known,” RCMP said in a news release.
“However, 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.”
According to CBC, two firearms were also found in proximity, and police are attempting to discover whether the guns were in relation to the British Columbia homicides.
RCMP also believe that both men were dead for an unknown number of days before being discovered.
The RCMP has given an update on the search in the Gillam, Manitoba area for two British Columbian murder suspects.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam MacLeod have sent Canadian law enforcement on a trying chase through rough terrain for weeks now. On Wednesday, the RCMP gave more details about the current status of the manhunt, as many wondered if the trail has gone cold.
The last information made public was that the RCMP had deployed an underwater diving team to search a northern Manitoba river following a lead that came in the Friday prior.
According to the RCMP, helicopter operators discovered a damaged aluminum boat while looking for the two manhunt suspects in the thick woodland area surrounding Gillam, Manitoba. The boat was located on the shore of the Nelson River.
That development came after a dismal week in the investigation that saw all efforts turn out fruitless and the number of officers on the case reduced. Now, RCMP has now announced a breakthrough.
After specialized RCMP searched high probability areas, at 10 am this morning, RCMP officers located two male bodies one kilometre from where the items were found. At this time, RCMP believe that these are the bodies of the two murder suspects.
The RCMP deployed an underwater diving team to search a northern Manitoba river following a new lead that came Friday.
According to the RCMP, helicopter operators discovered a damaged aluminum boat while looking for the two manhunt suspects, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, in the thick woodland area surrounding Gillam, Manitoba. The boat was located on the shore of the Nelson River, reports CBC.
Five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team are now conducting a thorough search of the area.
Additionally, several items directly linking the suspects have been found on the shoreline of the Nelson River, according to RCMP Manitoba.
This latest development comes after a dismal week in the ongoing investigation that saw all efforts turn out fruitless and the number of officers on the case reduced. That was on day eight and nine of the manhunt, and we are now on day thirteen of the RCMP combing through the rugged terrain of northern Manitoba.
“At the height of the pursuit, officers used aerial surveillance, drones and police dogs and canvassed every home and abandoned building, but no sightings of the fugitives have been confirmed since a burned-out Toyota RAV4 was found near Sundance Creek, northeast of Gillam, Man, on July 21. It is believed the pair were driving the vehicle,” reports CBC’s Ian Froese.
“In searching for people in vast, remote and rugged locations, it’s always a possibility that they’re not going to be immediately located,” says RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy.