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The bodies were found in the very inhospitable area surrounding the remote town of Gillam in northern Manitoba, a central province of Canada. They were 8 kilometers from where the last vehicle used by 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky was found burned on 22 July.
"We are confident that these bodies are those of the two wanted suspects in connection with the homicides in British Columbia"police spokeswoman Jane MacLatchy told a news conference.
An autopsy will be conducted this Thursday in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, to confirm their identity and determine the cause of death.
The day before, investigators had announced to have found in the area of Gillam, epicenter of research for two weeks, "Several directly related objects" to both teenagers. They also discovered a damaged boat on the banks of the Nelson River, a portion of which was searched by police divers on Sunday, with no results.
A murderous journey of 3,000 kilometers
The manhunt began on July 23, when the two young men, initially portrayed as missing, officially became suspects of the murder of Leonard Dyck, a retired professor of botany at the University of British Columbia. British, and Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, a couple of tourists.
The two childhood friends arrived in the Gillam area, more than 1,000 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital, after a 3,000-kilometer drive from Colombia -British. " The equivalent of a trip between London and Moscow Says Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Kevin Hackett.
In the opinion of all the experts, the two suspects, even if they were followers of survivalism, according to their relatives, were unlikely to survive very long in such a hostile environment. Especially since they were wanted by dozens of policemen helped drones, helicopters, and even two army planes equipped with thermal cameras.
The motives for their murders are still unknown today, said the Royal Gendarmerie, which continues its investigation despite the discovery of the two bodies.
The two teenagers' personalities had been extensively dissected by the Canadian and international media who covered this extraordinary hunt. In an interview, Bryer Schmegelsky's father claimed that his son, who never recovered from his parents' divorce, was "On suicide mission" and risked putting his life in danger.
According to young people around them interviewed by the daily newspaper Globe and MailBryer Schmegelsky had also shown interest in Nazism, including an armband with a swastika and a dagger replica adorned with a Nazi badge, on pictures and at a camping expedition last spring. .