Print Email Facebook Twitter More Canada manhunt ends with two bodies found near Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky's car. This is how the search unfolded By Lucia Stein Updated about 3 hours ago Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. VIDEO: Canadian police announce the discovery of bodies in the hunt for murder suspects (ABC News) RELATED STORY: Two bodies found in Canada believed to be Lucas Fowler murder suspectsRELATED STORY: Damaged tinnie offers new clues in hunt for Canadian murder suspects Canadian police say they believe two fugitives suspected of killing Australian Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, and a third man have been found dead just kilometres from their burnt-out car. A manhunt for 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky had spread across three provinces and spanned hundreds of kilometres. "If you look at the distance they travelled it's like travelling from London to Moscow to put things in perspective, coupled with the fact that they were travelling in areas that are not highly populated," British Columbia RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett said. Police confirmed today that two bodies were found approximately 8km from where the pair dumped their stolen Toyota RAV4. The burnt out car used by the teenagers PHOTO: The suspects had used two stolen cars while on the run. (Supplied) Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky had originally been considered missing persons until police later announced they were suspects in the murder of Mr Fowler and Ms Deese. They were also charged with second-degree murder over the death of Leonard Dyck, 64. It began with a crime spree Fowler Deese CCTV PHOTO: Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler embrace at a service station a day before they were found dead. (Supplied: RCMP) Police believe the pair may have crossed paths with Mr Fowler and Ms Deese near Liard Hot Springs, in the Yukon territory, on July 14 or 15. Mr Fowler and Ms Deese were shot dead on the side of a highway. Their bodies were found on July 15. Days later on July 18, Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky were 350kms west in Jade City, the Vancouver Sun reported. Cassiar Mountain Jade Store owner Claudia Bunce said the teenagers had visited her store for free coffee and were on their own. The teenagers then allegedly murdered botanist Mr Dyck on a British Columbia highway, which is roughly 500km from where Mr Fowler and Ms Deese were found. Leonard Dyck was found dead at a highway pull out. PHOTO: Leonard Dyck was found dead at a highway pull out. (Supplied) The pair's stolen Dodge pickup truck was found in flames on July 19, 2km from Mr Dyck's body, near Dease Lake. The teenagers were reported missing after failing to contact family members. They are believed to have then driven east across Canada's north, in a stolen Toyota RAV4, to the tiny town of Gillam, in north-east Manitoba, which is 3,000km from where the third body was found. They were spotted along the way in another province, in northern Saskatchewan. The Toyota was found days later dumped outside of Gillam. That prompted a search of the area outside Gillam A map of Canada showing a timeline of the movements of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod. Originally, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Royal Canadian Air Force used teams on the ground and planes with infrared cameras and imaging radar to search 11,000 square kilometres around the town of Gillam and nearby wilderness areas. People familiar with the search area said the terrain was dense and swampy, and inhabited by wildlife like bears and swarms of insects. At its peak, the investigation included members of the Canadian air force and military, as well as drones, dogs, emergency crews and RCMP major crime units. A person in a helicopter looks down at a train going along bushland. PHOTO: Officers searched cottages, cabins, waterways, and along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. (Twitter: RCMP Manitoba) Officers also completed more than 500 doorknocks in nearby towns, including Fox Lake Cree Nation. "Not only are our officers combing through kilometres of dense northern forest, they're also challenged with searching and clearing large abandoned buildings," RCMP Manitoba tweeted. The huge presence of police was a shock to the tiny, remote communities of northern Manitoba Isolated Canadian town locked down The residents of this tiny inland island locked their doors and hid inside after a tip-off that the Canadian fugitives may be hiding in nearby forest. Days later police said they had scaled back the search, later revealing they were also looking into the possibility the suspects had some sort of assistance in fleeing the area. Then police 5,000km away were put on alert Authorities were alerted to a possible sighting of the pair at a local dump in the York Landing area, which is 80kms away from Gillam. They later confirmed there was no sign of the teenagers. While the focus remained on Gillam, authorities were also on alert in an area almost 5,000km away in the eastern Canadian province of Ontario after police received more than 30 tips within an eight-hour period on August 2. A pixelated image shows two camouflaged police officers entering a dilapidated white wooden shack with a red gable roof. PHOTO: The RCMP search honed in on the remote community of Gillam in northern Manitoba. Photo: RCMP
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