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RCMP say two Port Alberni men are suspects in the murders of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese on the Alaska Highway and the death of a man on Highway 37 near Dease Lake.
Police are warning the public to stay away from Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, if they see the pair, last seen in northern Saskatchewan driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV 4.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately and to not approach the pair, who are considered dangerous.
They may be driving a different vehicle and may have changed their appearances, police warn.
"We believe that they're likely continuing to travel but we don't have a possible destination," Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said today (July 23).
Investigators have new information that leads them to believe they are suspects in all three deaths, Shoihet said and added police agencies across Canada have been notified about the two wanted men.
Fowler and Deese were found shot to death outside their van south of Liard Hot Springs in northeast B.C.
McLeod and Schmegelsky are also suspects in the death of an older man whose body was found near their burning pickup truck south of Dease Lake near the Stikine River in northwest B.C. on Friday (July 19).
Police are still trying to identify the man.
Even on Monday, police hadn’t ruled out a connection between the two crimes.
And, McLeod and Schmegelsky — best friends since elementary school — had left Port Alberni for Whitehorse July 12 to find work, Schmegelsky’s grandmother Carol Starkey said.
If they had taken the ferry to Prince Rupert, the route to Whitehorse is up Highway 37 through Dease Lake.
However, police had reports of them being seen travelling south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake at about 3:15 p.m. last Thursday.
Schmegelsky’s father, Alan Schmegelsky, said he received a message from Bryer on July 12 saying he and McLeod were headed to Alberta and might be uncontactable.
Schmegelsky described his son as “a smart kid,” into computer games, curious about his ancestry, and just starting to become less introverted.
Neither is violent or into drugs, he said.
He said both enjoy games simulating war that involve hunting and camouflage.
McLeod’s online presence indicates an interest in the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League.
His little-used Facebook page features a skull with geometric designs, one half in black, white and grey, the other in blazing colours.
Another picture depicts a lion with a blazing rainbow of colour for a mane.