Canada Highway Murder Suspects Died by Suicides by Gunfire: Police

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The two teens who police say killed three people in a remote part of Canada died by ending their lives, days before their bodies were found by police in a river.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, died by suicide by gunfire, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement Monday. An autopsy had been completed on the teens, and the Manitoba Medical Examiner positively identified them.

Police said the teens had been dead "for a number of days" before their bodies were discovered Wednesday near the shoreline of the Nelson River, about 5 miles from a burned vehicle believed to have been used by them as they evaded capture.

However, police said, an exact time and date of their deaths is not clear.

Two guns were found near the remains, and police are working to determine if the weapons were used in the killings of North Carolina native Chynna Deese, her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, and University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck. 

Deese and Fowler’s bodies were found on the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia on July 15. Four days later, Dyck’s body was discovered near a highway pullout.

McLeod and Schmegelsky had managed to cross four provinces in 10 days and had last been confirmed to be in the proximity of Gillam before appearing to disappear without detection.

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