Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were two young Canadian men who between July 14th and July 19th 2019 killed 3 people in Northern Canada.
Kam McLeod was 19 at the time of the killings and Bryer Schmegelsky was 18. They were from Port Alberni, British Columbia. Both guys were 6’4 and skinny. On July 12th, 2019 they purchased a SKS semi-automatic rifle and ammo at a Cabella’s Store in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Which McLeod bought with his firearm possession and acquisition license. The two were childhood friends who were described as gamer loners with no violent tendencies. They both worked at Wal Mart in Port Alberni. They told people they were going up to the Yukon to look for work.
Australian Lucas Fowler (23) and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese’s (24) van broke down on the Alaska Highway 20 kilometers south of Liard Hot Springs, BC. A man who was a mechanic stopped to see if the couple was alright at about 3:20 pm on July 14th. The mechanic who was with his wife said it seemed the couple had it all under control and they left. At 7 am the next morning the couples bodies were discovered by a highway worker. Both victims were found in a ditch near the fan with visible gun shot wounds. Their van was discovered with the windows smashed in and the doors wide open.
On July 18th, 2019 in Jade City, B.C., Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are spotted in a store where they stopped for free coffee. Jade City is about 350 kilometers from where the two bodies were found.
On July 19th, 2019 a burnt out pick up truck was discovered on a bridge on Highway 37. The body of Vancouver resident Leonard Dyck(64) was found 2 kilometers south of the burnt out vehicle near Dease Lake, British Columbia. His death was similar to Fowler and Deese’s. Leonard Dyck was a botanist lecturer at University of British Columbia. It is believed that the pair killed Fowler and Deese before going to the Yukon then coming back into BC and killing Dyck. Dyck was described as a loving man who would of gave anyone the shirt of his back by friends and family. The bullets and shell casings near Dyck’s body matched casings that were found at Fowler and Deese’s murder scene. “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,” Dyck’s family said in a statement released by police.
Mcleod and Schmegelsky were first reported as missing as they were operating the vehicle found burnt out on highway 37. On July 22nd the RCMP found a possible link between the missing people and the murder victims.
On July 23rd, 2019 a burning Toyota Rav 4 was found near Fox Lake Cree Nation just north of Gillam, Manitoba believed to have been driven by the missing pair. Right after the discovery the RCMP sought out second degree murder charges for McLeod and Schmegelsky.
Once the info went to the media a resident of Cold Lake, Alberta came forward saying he helped McLeod and Schmegelsky get their Rav 4 unstuck on July 21st. Later that day the pair was found on video camera in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Which the police received the next day.
People also reported seeing the pair in the Gillam, Manitoba area on July 22nd, 2019. The pair were actually stopped by the Native Band Constables in Split Lake, Manitoba for a routine alcohol check. That was the last known confirmed spotting of the pair.
On July 24th the RCMP had deployed an emergency response team, a negotiation crisis team, underwater diving team, and canine units to the surrounding area around Gillam.
After searching over 500 homes and having sightings as far away as Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. So after 9 days of hunting for the fugitives the RCMP said they were scaling back the search.
On August 2nd, 2019 a tour guide reported to the RCMP that he had spotted a blue sleeping bag at the edge of a river near the Hudson’s Bay. A few days later the RCMP said that they found several items including a damaged rowboat that they believed belonged to the wanted men.
On August 7th, 2019 the police found 2 bodies. It was the bodies of Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky. They died of self inflicted gun shot wounds. It is believed that McLeod shot Schmegelsky before turning the gun on himself. Forensics later proved the 2 guns they had also were the guns that killed Dyck, Fowler, and Deese.
Videos were later found of McLeod and Schmegelsky admitting to the three murders. But they gave no motive or reason. “Schmegelsky states that they are responsible for the three murders. They were going to march to Hudson Bay where they planned to hijack a boat and go to Europe or Africa,” the police report says. The camera that the pair used to make the videos belonged to victim Leonard Dyck.
According to the report, in one of the last videos, Schmegelsky says they have shaved themselves in preparation for their own deaths and “now plan to go back and kill more people and expect to be dead in a week.”. Thankfully there were no more victims.