RCMP find item that may be connected to McLeod and Schmegelsky investigation

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mc Leod were found dead after one of Canada's biggest manhunts. Source RCMP

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mc Leod were found dead after one of Canada's biggest manhunts. Source

Bodies were found on the Nelson River near Gillam, Man. last week, ending the weeks-long search for Port Alberni teens Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19.

Schmegelsky and McLeod were wanted in connection with three homicides in northern B.C. and evaded capture until the bodies were found last week.

RCMP officers stand near the site where the burnt-out vehicle used by the two B.C. homicide suspects was found on July 22 during the massive police search near Gillam.

Schmegelsky and McLeod, both 19 from Vancouver Island, are suspected of shooting dead Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, 23, and his North Carolina girlfriend, Chynna Deese, 24, after the couple's van broke down on a British Columbia highway on July 14.

More details could be released as soon as Monday by RCMP in B.C., Manaigre said, adding it will ultimately be up to Mounties in that province to release any information.

The search for McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, who would have turned 19 on August 4, covered 11,000 square kilometres in northern Manitoba alone - an area larger than Jamaica. Their bodies were found on Alaska Highway, south of Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15. Police discovered Dyck's body four days later close to where the suspect's burning truck had been found. RCMP announced they were scaling back the operation after nine days of unsuccessful efforts on July 31.

Manaigre says the area of the search extended to where a burned-out vehicle the pair travelled in was dumped, about eight kilometres from where the bodies were found.

Manitoba RCMP found bodies believed to be Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod on Wednesday.

A police helicopter initially spotted a damaged boat along the Nelson River about two weeks ago and a follow-up search in the area uncovered the items directly linked to the two in what authorities described as very challenging terrain. "Until we're certain that we're done here we've got to keep some resources in play in case they're needed". Police said the bodies were found less than one kilometer (0.62 miles) from the items.

Manaigre said there is still no indication of a motive in the B.C. killings.

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