On the afternoon of September 27, 2019, RCMP officials addressed the press in Surrey, B.C. with further information on murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod. The B.C. manhunt update was to discuss the contents of video footage that the two recorded just days before they passed away by suicide. The announcement informed the public that the B.C. teens admitted to the murders before dying in a suicide pact.
The address was also to share new findings in the case and the entire investigation report. Assistant Commissioner, Kevin Hackett, delivered the address, explaining that the young men left behind a digital camera which held six videos and three photos.
Hackett explained that from the forensic evidence, it is believed that “McLeod shot Schmegelsky before shooting himself in a suicide pact.” Hackett also told the public that in one of the videos, Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod shared their plans to end their own lives. The footage also contained confessions to the murders of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck.
It was noted that the two showed no remorse for the killings and gave no indication as to what their motives were. There was no mention of plans for any killings, proving that the murders were not pre-mediated, explained the police report.
The RCMP have decided not to share the footage left behind by Schmegelsky and McLeod for a number of reasons. Hackett explained that they made this choice out of respect for the families, to avoid provoking copycats, and to not sensationalize the actions of the two young men.
Assistant Commissioner, Kevin Hackett opened the address with a brief recounting of the events between July 16 and August 4, 2019. He explained that 160 police officers worked extended shifts throughout the investigation and the RCMP received over 1500 tips from the public during that time.
When the two teens became suspects in the three murders, the country became acutely aware of the manhunt. They were spotted in Saskatchawan before the investigations moved to Manitoba. At one point, both the public and the police grew concerned that they may never be caught. Eventually, their bodies were discovered in Manitoba.
Though the public was relieved that the manhunt had concluded, they still longed for anwsers. Unfortunately, even after the new new information has been shared, there is still no indecation of their motives.