Canada fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ‘took their own lives’

Bodies found in Canada are confirmed as wanted killers; cause of death appears to be suicide by gunfire

Bodies found in Canada are confirmed as wanted killers; cause of death appears to be suicide by gunfire

The bodies of the suspects were found near Gillam, Manitoba - more than 3200km from northern British Columbia.

An autopsy on the bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky show that the two men who were the focus of a nationwide manhunt died by suicide.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, a University of British Columbia lecturer whose body was found July 19 along a highway in British Columbia.

Manitoba RCMP confirmed on August 7 that officials had located bodies believed to be Schmegelsky and McLeod during a foot search of the area, approximately 8 km away from where the burnt vehicle was located last month, near Fox Lake Cree Nation. Investigators are still working to confirm if the guns were used in the deaths.

"The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also engaged our Behaviour Analysis Unit", the release reads.

The former fugitives were initially feared missing when their burned-out truck was found July 22 on the side of a remote highway. Their bodies were found along a highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.

Schmegelsky and McLeod became suspects in the murders of Lucas Fowler, Chyna Deese, and Leonard Dyck in BC.

The bodies were found near Gillam, Manitoba.

They were also wanted in the murder of a young tourist couple - Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese.

The news comes just days after the father of Schmegelsky appeared on 60 Minutes and revealed the impact his son's death has had on him.

More details could be released as soon as Monday by RCMP in B.C., Manaigre said, adding it will ultimately be up to Mounties in that province to release any information.

But last Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it believed the suspects' bodies were found in northern Manitoba.

Bryer Schmegelsky, left, and Kam McLeod are seen in this undated combination handout photo provided by the RCMP.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the autopsy could not determine how long McLeod and Schmegelsky had been dead.

A house-to-house search was undertaken before forces moved to nearby York Factory after an unconfirmed sighting of two men scavenging in the town dump.

Deese's brother, British Deese, said the family needed time to process the news that the suspects' bodies were apparently found.

Authorities have now completed their search of the area.

"You can not relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain, when you've played a part in the cause of our pain", she said in the Facebook post. Later, they said they'd separately found "items directly linked to the suspects" that same day on the shoreline.

On the weekend the RCMP told reporters they had found another "item" and were attempting to discern its importance to the investigation - again, police didn't say what the item was.

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