In an unexpected turn of events, two missing Port Alberni teens have now become suspects in a Northern B.C. murder case. B.C. RCMP confirmed on Tuesday in a news release that the teens are suspects for three recent murders in the province, including the deaths of Lucas Fowler, a 23 year old Australian man, and Chynna Deese, a 24 year old American woman.
Previously, RCMP had asked for the public's assistance to locate the two missing teens, 19 year old Kam McLeod and 18 year old Bryer Schmegelsky. However, now it looks like the teens may be on the run.
"Given these latest developments, Kam and Bryer are no longer consider missing," reads the release. "The RCMP are considering Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the Dease Lake suspicious death investigation and the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese."
According to investigators, the two suspects left B.C. and were last seen in Saskatchewan. "We believe they are likely continuing to travel, though we don’t have a possible destination. They were seen driving a grey 2011 Toyota Rav 4," reads the release.
They have also released new pictures of the two teenagers, so that the public can assist in the investigation help police locate the suspects.
Police are warning the public not to approach the two suspects if they see them in person, as they are considered dangerous. 911 should be called immediately.
"The investigation is complex and evolving very quickly. Investigators continue to follow up on tips, reviewing the physical and digital evidence collected, and share information," reads the news release.
RCMP is asking the public for their assistance with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Tipline at 877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.