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Vancouver Island teens face murder charge as manhunt continues

Murder charges have been laid against two Port Alberni teens in the death of a man in Northern B.C.

Nineteen-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky are charged with one count of second-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.

As a result, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky.

Police can now confirm that the man discovered deceased on July 19th at a highway pullout about two kilometres south of the vehicle fire south of Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37 was 64-year-old man from Vancouver.

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BC RCMP photo of Leonard Dyck. (supplied by BC RCMP)

The Dyck family released the following statement:

“We are truly heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened. While we understand there will be interest in knowing more about him and the impact he had during his life, we are asking for the public and the media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

McLeod and Schmegelsky are also wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of an Australian man and his American girlfriend.

Lucas Fowler, 23, and Chynna Deese, 24, were found dead on the side of Alaska Highway on Monday, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.

The two suspects were originally thought to be missing themselves.

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RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the two remain at large.

There are concurrent investigations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba into sightings reported to the police of the two suspects.

Saskatchewan RCMP had received reports of the suspects being spotted in Meadow Lake on July 21st.

On July 24th, Manitoba RCMP confirmed that the RAV4 the pair were travelling in, was recovered on fire in the Gillam area in the northern part of the province Monday evening.

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The RCMP is warning the public to consider McLeod and Schmegelsky to be armed and dangerous, and to not approach them. The two may be using a different vehicle, be on foot or even travelling separately.

If you see them, do not approach them.  Call 911 immediately.

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