Canadian police reveal teenage killers died by suicide

Warning: This article discusses suicide.

Canadian police have revealed the teenage killers who evaded authorities for two weeks took their own lives.

Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam Mcleod, 19, disappeared into the Manitoba wilderness after Australian tourist Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese were shot dead. The couple's van had broken down on a remote freeway in northern British Columbia. Their bodies were found in a ditch on July 15.

Schmegelsky and McLeod are believed to have killed the couple. They're also suspected of murdering University of British Columbia botanist Leonard Dyck five days later and 500km away from where Fowler and Deese were found.

They allegedly left Mr Dyck's body on the freeway, set fire to their own Dodge pick-up truck and escaped in a RAV4, which they then drove across the country to the desolate town of Gillam, Manitoba.

On July 23, Schmegelsky and McLeod were charged with Dyck's death in absentia and officially linked to the murders of Fowler and Deese.

Police conducted an extensive search for the suspects, eventually locating the torched remains of an abandoned car. It's believed Schmegelsky and McLeod took off into the wilderness on foot.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) sent armoured trucks, drones, dogs and hundreds of officers to scour the area in search of the pair.

On August 7, the bodies of two young men were found in thick scrub near the Nelson River. RCMP confirmed they are those of Schmegelsky and McLeod.

"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," police said in a statement said.

"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."

Before the discovery of their bodies, Schmegelsky's father Alan told media he believed the teenagers were on a suicide mission and planned to die in a "blaze of glory" with police.

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