Missing men suspects in Liard Hot Springs double homicide

Two young BC men declared missing by the RCMP last week are now suspects in the double homicide of an Australian-American couple south of the Liard Hot Springs, as well as the death of another man near Dease Lake.

“If you spot Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky … consider them as dangerous – take no actions – do not approach – and call 911 immediately,” BC RCMP stated in a news release on Tuesday.

The two men, 19 and 18 years old respectively, were initially deemed missing persons by police when their burned-out truck and trailer were found in the Dease Lake area.


However, in a reversal on Tuesday, RCMP said the two are now considered suspects in the deaths of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, who police say died as a result of “gun violence” some time between July 14 and 15 along the Alaska Highway.

The two teenagers are also now suspects in an investigation into the death of a man in his fifties or sixties who has yet to be identified.

The man’s body was discovered by police at a highway pull-out around two kilometres from where McLeod and Schmegelsky’s vehicle was found burning.

The two teenagers, from Port Alberni, BC, are believed to be travelling in a grey 2011 Toyota Rav 4.

They were last spotted in northern Saskatchewan, police said.


RCMP say both young men are around 6 ft 4 in and weigh around 169 pounds. McLeod has darker hair and brown eyes, while Schmegelsky has sandy brown hair.

Anyone with information about what police are calling a “complex and quickly evolving case” is asked to contact RCMP at at 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.