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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.

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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.

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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.

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