Driver had chilling encounter with males who could have been B.C. homicide suspects: RCMP report

Whereas an RCMP report into the murders of three people in northern British Columbia was unable to supply solutions about what motivated the 2 accused, it famous a chilling late evening encounter between a person who’d stopped on a freeway and two individuals who matched the suspects’ descriptions.

Based on the report launched Friday, a witness driving alongside the Alaska Freeway noticed two males who police suspect have been Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, on July 17.

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The witness had pulled over to take a nap, and inside 5 minutes, a truck with a camper drove previous and stopped a brief distance forward.

The report says a male acquired out of the passenger facet holding a protracted gun, after which walked in the direction of the tree line and began “shifting in the direction of the witness in a tactical or looking stance.” The truck additionally began driving slowly in the direction of the witness, the report says.

The witness drove away from the armed male and previous the truck, the report continues. The motive force coated his face along with his hand, barring it from the witness’s view.

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The witness reported the incident to RCMP on July 21 — the identical day police issued a information launch asking for the general public’s assist in discovering Schmegelsky and McLeod. At that time, police say the pair have been lacking individuals moderately than suspects, and investigators feared they could have additionally been victims.

The boys have been later charged with the homicide of Leonard Dyck, a College of British Columbia botany lecturer, and have been additionally suspects within the deaths of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler.

McLeod and Schmegelsky confessed to the killings in a sequence of movies that have been discovered after the pair’s our bodies have been found, useless by a suicide pact, in northern Manitoba on Aug. 7 on the finish of a nationwide manhunt, police mentioned Friday.

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“The investigative idea is that McLeod and Schmegelsky got here throughout Fowler’s van and focused Fowler and Deese for unknown causes earlier than persevering with up into the Yukon. McLeod and Schmegelsky returned to B.C. as a result of they have been having car points and got here throughout Dyck who they killed for unknown causes,” the RCMP report states in its conclusion.

Whereas the report says the witness within the July 17 encounter described the truck as being a GMC moderately than McLeod’s Dodge, police say the boys’s descriptions matched the suspects’ and the pair have been confirmed to be within the space on the time.

The investigation started July 15 when the our bodies of Fowler and Deese have been found close to Freeway 97, south of Liard River Sizzling Springs, B.C. The our bodies have been close to a van registered to Fowler. An post-mortem on July 19 confirmed that Fowler and Deese died of a number of gunshot wounds and it seems that the shooter or shooters stood behind the victims for at the least among the photographs.

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Additionally on July 19, McLeod’s burned truck was discovered about 60 kilometres south of Dease Lake, B.C. Dyck’s physique was discovered about two kilometres away however was unidentified at the moment.

After tracing the truck, police spoke with members of McLeod’s household and discovered he’d left his residence of Port Alberni with Schmegelsky on July 12. The household described the 2 pals pretty much as good youngsters who have been on a visit to northern British Columbia and Yukon to search for work.

A manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky led to Gillam, Man., the place Dyck’s Toyota Rav four was discovered burned. Officers converged on the realm to start what could be a two-week search that ended with the suspects being discovered useless.

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Police say the suspects expressed no regret within the movies and didn’t clarify what motivated the killings.

They mentioned McLeod shot Schmegelsky earlier than capturing himself, and two weapons discovered close to their our bodies have been the identical firearms used within the murders of Deese, Fowler and Dyck.

“If there was actually a motive, it’s gone with the accused,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett instructed a information convention Friday.

By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton, with recordsdata from Laura Kane in Vancouver.