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Authorities Believe They’re Closing In On Canadian Teen Murder Suspects As Dad Realizes His Son Bought ‘Funeral Suit’
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod are likely near the town of Gillam in Manitoba, according to Canadian authorities, leaving residents there on edge.
One of two teens on the run in Canada bought a “funeral suit” before embarking on an alleged killing spree with his childhood bestie, his father says.
Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, are childhood friends from British Columbia. Earlier this week, the federal police in British Columbia called them suspects in the homicides of three people found off rural roadways in the province.
Alan Schmegelsky, Bryer's father, told the Canadian Press that the last time he spoke to his son, Bryer claimed that he and McLeod were en route to Alberta to search for jobs and that he even purchased an expensive suit for job interviews.
“Now I realize it’s his funeral suit,” he said.
Alan has said that he fears his son intends to go out in a “blaze of glory.”
“He wants his hurt to end,” he said.
Officers from the Northern Rockies Royal Canadian Mounted Police discovered the bodies of American Chynna Deese, 24, and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, along Highway 97, just outside the popular tourist destination Liard Hot Springs on July 15, according to a statement.
Four days after the grim discovery, McLeod and Bryer’s truck was discovered near Dease Lake, nearly 300 miles away. The body of man later identified as 64-year-old Leonard Dyck was found just about a mile away from that scorched truck. While the boys were initially classified as missing, authorities quickly switched focus and announced that they were suspects in the murders. The boys have already been formally charged with Dyck's murder.
The authorities say they have reason to believe the two childhood friends may be near the town of Gillam in Manitoba.
People in that town are reportedly shaken up, with one resident telling the the Globe and Mail an "eerie" feeling had washed over the community.
“There’s a lot of hunters around here,” another resident named Dolores Cromarty told the outlet. “And they’re keeping their guns close.”
Authorities think the boys could be in the surrounding wilderness, the CBC reports.
Alan Schmegelsky said his son and McLeod had been working at Walmart together for more than a month after graduating high school, but were not satisfied with the job, so they hit the road in search of something better. Then, bodies began turning up.
Acquaintances described Bryer as a loner who was obsessed with video games and guns.
Madison Hempsted, who used to attend school with Bryer told the Global News that he used to talk about killing people — a lot.
“All he ever said to me was how he wanted to kill me and ways he would do it,” she recalled, adding that he'd also talked about wanting to murder his own family.
Mathis Muller, another acquaintance, told the CBC Bryer wanted to start a militia.
McLeod’s dad, Keith McLeod, put out a statement saying that his son is "a kind, considerate, caring young man and has always been concerned about other people's feelings."
Law enforcement say the two may being using a different vehicle, maybe be on foot or even traveling separately. People are warned to not approach them but to call 911 instead.