A 15-days military scale manhunt that led the police to chase three provinces and thousands of kilometers of swampy, pest-infested bushes came to an end with the gruesome discovery of the bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod. Their remains were found in the wilderness of northern Manitoba on Wednesday. The two were wanted for the second-degree murders of Lucas Fowler, 23, Chynna Deese, 24, and university lecturer, Leonard Dyck.
What does the investigation reveal?
In order to gain more clarity, all the items located in Manitoba and in the three homicide investigations are being reassessed. An update will be released publically within a few weeks. The behavioral analysis unit of RCMP has also been involved. There are strong indications that they were alive for a few days since last seen on July 22. Their bodies were found 1 km away from their items, including a sleeping bag. Their bodies were 8 km from where they ditched and burned their gateway car. The pair had not intended to camp in the wilderness for long because tools and supplies were left in the car. They had a final meal of pork chops and oranges before plunging into the thick scrub.
People have speculated whether they were ‘eaten alive’ by sand flies, or died from injury, exposure, drowning, water contamination, animal attack, anaphylactic shock. However, suicide now seems to be an option, especially by gunshot wounds. Several gunshots were heard during the raid however RCMP denies those reports. Some locals believe that the shots were the sound of the pair ending their lives.
How were the bodies found?
An aluminum boat was spotted during a helicopter search on Friday. The same day, Mr. Shawchuk had spotted a sleeping bag on the shoreline. Police scoured rail lines, trains, hydro corridors, winter roads, waterways, coastline and vast areas of forest and trails. Police were forced to transport bodies by boat to a loading dock before driving them to the airport as they were in such an inaccessible spot. They also liaised closely with partners in the private and public sectors, along with 250 tips.
The motive is still unclear. Police say they are sure the killings are connected, and they have nothing to indicate anyone else was involved.