Over the summer, two local teens were major suspects on the run following the murders of three people in the province. Since the B.C. manhunt in July, police have released more information and some of it is incredibly shocking. Possibly the most bizarre aspect is that amongst guns and ammunition, McDonald's french fries were found scattered around the body of one of the murder victims. 

On July 23, 2019, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were named as suspects in the double murder of a 23-year-old Australian, Lucas Fowler and a 24-year-old American, Chynna Deese.

Just two days later, the teens were charged with second-degree murder for the death of a Canadian man, Leonard Dyck. 

The acts resulted in a nation-wide manhunt for the two teens that lasted several weeks. The search eventually led police to Gillam, Manitoba where a boat was found about 13 kilometres north of the city. 

A burning Toyota RAV4 driven by the teens was also found in the ditch. 

On August 7, 2019, the two teens were found dead. Near the end of September, police released more information to the public regarding the investigation. 

According to RCMP, there was no known motive behind the three murders. 

“We uncovered no information that predicted or forecasted that the homicides took place in Northern B.C. There was no indication that these were planned or predicted,” said Kevin Hackett, Assistant Commissioner, in a live stream. 

“We believe that no other suspects are responsible for the three homicides or were involved in any way. The murder appears to be random and crimes of opportunity with no known motive.” 

Now, RCMP investigators have released new information, and it’s all rather peculiar. 

According to CBC News, the first two murder victims had gunshot entry wounds in the front and backs of their bodies; indicating that the attack continued even as the couple was laying on the ground. 

But this isn’t the only bizarre piece of information. 

CBC News has stated that the older man's body was surrounded by scattered fries and a red cardboard McDonald’s container was between his legs.

The news outlet stated that this discovery was talked about multiple times in police documents but was always "prefaced with a single word blacked out or redacted" just before the mention of the fries. 

CBC News stated that this means something noteworthy was mentioned about the state of the food in said documents.

According to CTV News, McLeod’s parents described the two boys as “introverted loners and gamers.”

The two originally said they had plans to travel to Whitehorse in search of work. 

When they left, Schmegelsky’s grandmother said that he had recently been rejected by a girl and was upset. McLeod’s girlfriend, on the other hand, said he left without saying goodbye. 

According to CBC News, McLeod texted his girlfriend “seriously sorry, but I'm not coming back” on July 13. She allegedly reached out to him the next night, just a few hours after the double murder, and McLeod refused to say where he was before ending the call. 

Vice News stated that the two boys had a very different childhood compared to most kids. They both often expressed far-right ideology online and one even posed in Nazi apparel.

During the manhunt, family and former classmates spoke out about the two boys and their personalities. 

Madison Hempsted told Global News that Schmegelsky was a weird kid and didn’t really talk to anyone. But when he did, it was often scary.

“All he ever said to me was how he wanted to kill me and ways he would do it,” said Hempsted to Global News. 

Schmegelsky’s father also spoke to Huffington Post stating that his son would die “in a blaze of glory.” He also noted that his son struggled with the divorce of his parents and his main influences were Youtube and video games. 

The duo left a series of six videos on a digital camera behind when they died by a double suicide. RCMP have described them as suicide notes and their last wills and testaments. 

These videos have not been released to the public. 


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