Teen murder suspects who 'killed Aussie tourist' found dead

Kam Mc Leod and Bryer Schmegelsky

Kam Mc Leod and Bryer Schmegelsky

Maybe it was a murder-suicide or perhaps they died from the elements, he said.

"We are speechless", Ms Deese said in a text message.

The RCMP sent in dive teams on the weekend to scan the river and searchers went into the thick scrub around the area.

RCMP Manitoba tweeted that the discovery of items on the banks of the Nelson River had allowed officers to narrow the search and eventually locate the bodies. Their bodies were found along the Alaska Highway on July 15 near a van they had been travelling in.

MacLatchy said there is a sense of relief for families of the victims involved and the communities in the area.

At a press conference Wednesday, RCMP assistant commissioner Jane MacLatchy said items linked to the suspects - including an abandoned aluminum boat - were found on the shoreline of the Nelson River last Friday.

Manitoba RCMP took the stand at 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Aug. 7 to deliver a massive update on the B.C. murder suspects, Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19.

McLeod and Schmegelsky, who told their families they were going to Whitehorse in search of work, were initially believed to be missing after the camper truck was found. RCMP named them suspects in the three killings on July 23, warning the public they were armed and risky.

The mayor of Port Alberni, home to both fugitives, said in a statement Monday that she hoped the autopsy results and other information released by RCMP would answer some of the questions facing families struck by the tragedy.

Police deployed tracker dogs, a drone and search planes equipped with infrared cameras to comb the hard, forested and swampy terrain, which was infested with mosquitos and home to bears and wolves.

Investigators are now analyzing all items located in Manitoba in an attempt to get more clarity on Dyck, Fowler and Deese's deaths.

"Our current belief [is that there] was nothing that links our victims together".

The RCMP say the two teen suspects from B.C. who spurred a country-wide manhunt shot themselves to death. The longer the time frame, the greater the likelihood that the bodies may have come into contact with wildlife, Fowler said.

A huge deployment of police manpower descended on Gillam and more than 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness was searched by officers on the ground and drones, helicopters and Royal Canadian Air Force planes.

The couple had met at a hostel in Croatia and their romance blossomed as they adventured across the U.S., Mexico, Peru and elsewhere, the woman's older brother said.

Hackett said Dyck's injuries are known, but out of respect for his family, there is no need to reveal them. According to NBC, the bodies were found about five miles from where the teens' second auto was discovered.

Bryer Schmegelsky's father, Alan Schmegelsky, said during the manhunt that his son had a troubled upbringing and that he expected the teen to go out in a "blaze of glory".

"I'm so sorry all of this had to happen".

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