Missing Canada Teens Now Suspects in Murder of Tourists

By Reuters

The two teenage boys who were first categorized as missing in northern Canada are now suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys’ abandoned flaming car, police said on Tuesday.

Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian citizen, and Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were found dead from gunfire on July 15 on a highway in northern British Columbia, 20 km (12 miles) from Liard Hot Springs.

Chynna Deese
Chynna Deese, left, and Lucas Fowler in a file photo. (NSW Police)

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been missing since July 19. Their car was found in flames about 500 km (310 miles) away from where Fowler and Deese were found dead, near Dease Lake, British Columbia.

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are seen in undated CCTV footage on a public alert issued by the RCMP
Kam McLeod (L), 19 and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. (BC RCMP/Handout via Reuters)

The body of a man the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are still trying to identify was found 2 km (1.24 miles) from the boys’ car. It was not immediately clear to police whether the body was connected to the car and the missing boys, but the RCMP said they are now considering McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the man’s murder.

A police artist’s sketch of a man who was found dead near Dease Lake, British Columbia on July 19, 2019. (BC RCMP/Handout via Reuters)

McLeod and Schmegelsky were last seen in northern Saskatchewan, driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV4, the RCMP said.

The RCMP are warning the public not to approach the teens if seen, and to instead call 911.

In a statement, police added: “Police are once again appealing to the public to come forward and speak with investigators about any interactions, conversations, or observations involving Lucas and Chynna, or their travels in the blue van. We have seen many accounts on social and mainstream media from people who have information relating to Chynna and Lucas. It is imperative that before you give details to anyone else that you contact our investigators to provide the first account.”

Police cited the vastness of the area in question, as well as the remoteness, as factors complicating the investigation.

It is unknown if McLeod and Schmegelsky are armed, or what their motives may be.

NTD News reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this article.