Missing Teens Are Now Suspects in Road-Tripping Couple's Murders: Police
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are considered dangerous, police said.
Two teens missing in a remote region of Canada are now considered suspects in the murders of a couple found dead in the same area last week, according to police.
The bodies of Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Lucas Fowler, were discovered July 15 on the side of Alaska Highway 97. They had reportedly been fired at, the back window of their blue Chevy blown out by a shotgun blast.
A vehicle belonging to Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, was found ablaze south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37 days later, prompting concern for their well-being.
That concern was amplified when a body was found at a highway pullout about a mile away from the burning car, but police said it did not belong to either one of the teens and was instead a third, unidentified man.
Police now say the teens are suspects in all three deaths, that of Deese, Fowler and the unidentified man, CTV News reported.
They are believed to be in Saskatchewan and are considered dangerous and should not be approached.
The news comes amid the release of surveillance video that captured Deese and Fowler's final happy moments. The video shows Deese and Fowler arriving at a gas station in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, on July 13.
In the video, Deese cleans the windows of their Chevy with a squeegee while Fowler pumps gas. Then, they share a hug before going on their way.
Thirty-six hours later, their bodies were found by the side of the highway, about 200 miles from the gas station.
Fowler's father, Stephen Fowler, a senior officer with the New South Wales police department in Australia, said his son was smitten with Deese, whom he described as Lucas' first real girlfriend.
"It’s a love story that’s ended tragically," he said at a press conference Monday, as he pleaded for anyone with any information to come forward. "It’s the worst-ever love story because we now have two young people who had everything ahead of them tragically murdered."
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