Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Autopsies complete on bodies found in northern Manitoba, more details Monday

Autopsies complete on bodies found in northern Manitoba, more details Monday

Autopsies confirmed have two bodies discovered in the Canadian wilds were those the of the teen murder suspects wanted over the killing of Australian Lucas Fowler, his girlfriend and another man, who apparently took their own lives, police said Monday.

The auto used by the two teenager was found torched, initially baffling police. A police statement said their deaths appeared to be suicide.

The manhunt ended when the teens' bodies were discovered about five miles from the spot that Dyck's Rav4 truck was found on July 22, according to police.

It is unclear when exactly McLeod and Schmegelsky had died.

The exact times and dates of their deaths are still unknown, but police believe the pair were still alive and in the Gillam area at the same time extensive searches were being carried out.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.

The bodies of the three were found in mid-July near highways in northern B.C., and a manhunt lasting two weeks followed.

Police said two firearms were located with the bodies.

The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found on the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres from where Dyck's body was discovered on July 19.

Julie Courchaine said Friday they're hoping the autopsy can "provide a cause of death, and hopefully a timeframe, and hopefully answer some of the questions that we want answered".

Police sent in specialized teams and began searching high-probability areas.

A police helicopter initially spotted a damaged boat along the Nelson River last week and a follow-up search in the area uncovered the items directly linked to the two in what was described as very tough terrain.

RCMP assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett said August 7 that the suspects' deaths do not mean the homicide case is over, he said.

The announcement follows the airing on Sunday in Australia of 60 Minutes' interview with Schmegelsky's father Alan, who apologised to the families of the victims.

The assessments will include a review of investigative findings to date, statements made, evidentiary timelines and physical and digital evidence.

"The B.C. RCMP commits that once we have completed that review within the next few weeks, we will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly", said the statement.

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