Canadian police believe they have found in northern Manitoba the bodies of two teenagers sought for nearly three weeks in the country for the murder of three people.
Canadian police said they found the bodies of two men in northern Manitoba Wednesday, August 7, and said they "Confident" that it is indeed the two young fugitives sought for more than two weeks for a triple murder.
"Today, around 10 am, the RCMP (federal police) found the bodies of two men." 8 km from where the two suspects' vehicles were found in late July, police spokeswoman Jane MacLatchy told a news conference.
"We are confident that these bodies are those of the two wanted suspects in connection with the homicides in British Columbia" last month, she continued. "An autopsy will be performed in Winnipeg to confirm their identity and determine the cause of death", did she say.
Three weeks of manhunt
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 the two teenagers, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. They also found a damaged boat on the banks of the Nelson River, a portion of which was searched by police divers on Sunday, with no results.
The discovery of the bodies of the two fugitives, if confirmed by the autopsy, will end a nearly three-week-old manhunt across Canada, a car trip of more than 3,000 km from the British Columbia.
The two suspects failed in the Gillam area, located more than 1,000 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital – a very inhospitable area infested with wildlife and stinging insects.
The two childhood friends are formally charged with the unpremeditated murder of a 64-year-old botanical teacher, Leonard Dyck, who taught in British Columbia. His body was found on July 19th.
They are also believed to have killed a 23-year-old Australian, Lucas Fowler, and his American friend, Chynna Deese, 24, again for an unknown reason. Their bodies were found on July 15 along a road in northern British Columbia.