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Missing Teen Friends Now Suspects In Road-Tripping Couple's Murders: 'They're Just Kids'
Best buds Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, who went missing after becoming weary with a Walmart gig, are now being eyed as suspects in the murders of three people, including travelers Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler.
Two missing teens are now being looked at as suspects in connection with the murder of three people, including a couple, found dead on a Canada highway.
“We are asking the public that if you spot Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky, to consider them as dangerous – take no actions – do not approach – and call 911 immediately,” federal police in British Columbia tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18, are childhood friends from British Columbia. They were last seen in Saskatchewan Province, national Canadian outlet CBC reports.
The pair are suspected of being behind the killings of three people found along the side of a British Columbia highway. Officers from the Northern Rockies Royal Canadian Mounted Police discovered the bodies of Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, along Highway 97, just outside Liard Hot Springs on July 15, according to a statement. The hot springs is a popular tourist destination.
Deese is from North Carolina and Fowler is Australian.
Four days after the grim discovery of the bodies, McLeod and Schmegelsky's truck was discovered near Dease Lake, B.C., nearly 300 miles away. The body of an unidentified man was found just about a mile away from that scorched truck. He’s believed to be in his 50s or 60s, the CBC reports.
The couple had been shot to death. It’s not clear how the unidentified man died.
The suspects are being described as best friends who met in elementary school. Schmegelsky's dad, Al Schmegelsky, said his son and McLeod had been working at Walmart together for over a month, but were not satisfied with the job, so they hit the road in search of something better.
"They're just kids on an adventure. They're good boys," Schmegelsky told the CBC, when the pair was initially regarded as simply missing, before they were named suspects and considered at large.
“I can’t go into the specifics with respect to how that determination was made,” Mounties Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said on Tuesday, according to News 1130 in Vancouver. “I can just tell you that the investigators are receiving new information and that new information now leads us to believe — and to take this very unprecedented step, to call to the public and ask, if you have information about Kam or Bryer’s whereabouts, to please take no action and call 911.”
Several witnesses reported seeing the murdered couple along the highway with their broken-down van shortly before their deaths, according to WSOC-TV, a Charlotte, North Carolina outlet. One witness, road worker Alandra Hull, told Australian station 9News that she saw the couple talking with a bearded man who “looked frustrated” as they stood next to their van just hours before their bodies were found.