Canadian officials have reportedly zeroed in on a remote swamp Thursday amid their ongoing nationwide search for two men suspected in three slayings in British Columbia.
From ABC News, Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were last spotted in Gillam, a town located 2,000 miles from where three bodies were found last week. Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with the second-degree murder of Leonard Dyck, 64, who was found dead on July 19 a mile from the teens’ burning camper; they are considered suspects in the murders of North Carolina woman Chynna Deese, 24, and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 24, who were found fatally shot off a highway near Liard Hot Springs on July 15.
Police said the suspects’ families claimed they haven’t heard from the men in several days. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the pair have been seen twice in the northeast region of Manitoba, where they apparently fled on foot after burning their car, according to USA Today.
“There’s lots of dense bush, forest, swampy area, so it is very challenging,” Corporal Julie Courchaine explained, referring the region where authorities believe the suspects are hiding.
Authorities are also investigating a photo of Hitler paraphernalia which Schmegelsky allegedly sent to an online user through a gaming platform called Steam.
Schmegelsky’s father told The Canadian Press that he believes his son is on a “suicide mission,” suggesting that the pair will be killed by cops before going into custody alive.
“He wants his pain to end,” he said through tears. “Basically, he’s going to be dead today or tomorrow. I know that. Rest in peace, Bryer. I love you. I’m so sorry all this had to happen.”
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[Featured image: Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky/Canadian police]