Northern B.C. murders: Vancouver man identified as Dease Lake victim

Charges of second-degree murder have been laid against two teens in connection with the death of a man in northern B.C.

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, in connection with the death of the Leonard Dyck of Vancouver, who was found a few kilometres from the teens’ burned-out pickup truck on Highway 37 near Dease Lake on July 19.

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McLeod and Schmegelsky are also suspects in the killings of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese; their bodies were found along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs on July 15. No charges have yet been announced in that investigation.

The search for the teens continues to expand in northern Manitoba, police said Wednesday night.

Mounties have confirmed that an abandoned vehicle found Monday near Gillam, Manitoba, is the grey 2011 Toyota RAV 4 the teens were seen driving in Saskatchewan.

"We continue to ask the public to remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, and consider them to be armed and dangerous," police said. 

"The two may being using a different vehicle, on foot or even travelling separately. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately."

RCMP are looking for anyone who spoke to Dyck during his travels in Northern B.C.

"We are truly heart broken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len," his family said in a statement.

"He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened. While we understand there will be interest in knowing more about him and the impact he had during his life, we are asking for the public and the media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time."

The BC RCMP Major Crime tiplines remain for all three investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.

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Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are suspects in the murders of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese on the Alaska Highway, and the death of a man on Highway 37 near Dease Lake. - BC RCMP

Earlier today, Alan Schmegelsky said his son is in “very serious pain” and he expects a nationwide manhunt will end in the young man’s death.

Schmegelsky said his son had a troubled upbringing. He struggled through his parents’ acrimonious split in 2005 and his main influences became video games and YouTube

“A normal child doesn’t travel across the country killing people. A child in some very serious pain does,” Schmegelsky said in an emotional interview Wednesday in Mill Bay, B.C., near his home in Victoria.

Police initially treated the teens as missing, but announced they were suspects after they were spotted in northern Saskatchewan. The manhunt stretched into northern Manitoba when a burned-out car the teens were travelling in was found near the community of Gillam.

Alan Schmegelsky said he expects his son will die in a confrontation with police.

“He’s on a suicide mission. He wants his pain to end,” he said, breaking down into tears. “Basically, he’s going to be dead today or tomorrow. I know that. Rest in peace, Bryer. I love you. I’m so sorry all this had to happen.”

Even if his son is caught, his life will be over, the father said.

“He wants his hurt to end. They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this. That’s what they’re going to do.”

— with a report from the Canadian Press, Times Colonist

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