Missing teens now suspects in Canada double murder
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Canadian police say two young men thought missing are now suspects in the murders of Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend.
Canadian authorities have named two teenagers as suspects in the murder of Australian tourist Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, British Columbia, were originally deemed missing but in a dramatic twist, police made an "unprecedented appeal to the public" at a press conference. "If you spot Bryer or Kam consider them dangerous," said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Sergeant Janelle Shoihet. "Do not approach, do not take action and call 911 immediately." The teens were first loosely connected to the murder of Mr Fowler and Ms Deese when their Dodge pickup was found burning near an unidentified man's body close to Dease Lake, in northern British Columbia. Sgt Shoihet said McLeod and Schmegelsky have since been spotted in northern Saskatchewan, a Canadian province hundreds of kilometres away. "Given these latest developments, Cameron and Bryer are no longer considered missing," Sgt Shoihet said. "The RCMP are now considering Cam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the Dease Lake suspicious death and the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese." Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24, from North Carolina, were stranded on the highway after their blue 1986 Chevrolet van broke down on the afternoon of July 14 about 470km away from where the burning Dodge was found. They were found shot dead in a ditch near the highway the next day. The RCMP originally played down speculation of a crime spree linking the murders of Mr Fowler and Ms Deese to Friday's discovery of the body, the missing teenagers and the burning Dodge pickup. Authorities are yet to identify the dead body found near the burning Dodge. The teens are believed to be driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV4.