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Bodies of BC Fugitives believed found near Gillam, MB

A roadblock was set up outside Gillam on Tuesday

Two male bodies, suspected to be those of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, have been found near the shores of the Nelson River in Manitoba.

A RCMP official told the media on Wednesday that she is confident that it is them but that to identify them officially, they have to go with the autopsy.

They were also suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose bodies were found July 15 along the Alaska Highway about 300 miles from where Dyck was killed.

The teens are accused of murdering University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck, 64, whose body was found next to their torched pickup truck last week.

She could not say how they died, or how long they have been dead. In the meantime, the pair interacted with a man in Cold Lake, Alta., on July 21, and band constables with the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba on July 22.

Mounties in Manitoba have confirmed two bodies believed to belong to the two murder suspects from Port Alberni were found approximately eight kilometres from where a burned SUV was found last month near the small community of Gillam.

Police said on August 3 authorities located the items about 9 km away from where a burnt-out vehicle used by the fugitives was found in July.

The teenagers were last spotted in Manitoba, where authorities launched a search operation with helicopters, drones and dogs.

The RCMP said thel items led directly to the discovery of the boys' bodies, which were found around 10am Wednesday local time, 1km from the boat and 8km from their burned out Toyota vehicle.

"To the people who truly care; I am sitting at home worrying about my son", Keith McLeod, Kam's father, said to ABC in a statement.

"It really depends on the lead investigators and what they want to do, and whether they want to present all the information once they've got possible motive and anything else, or if they just want to present things as they're discovered", he explained.

"The search did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects", police said.

British Columbia RCMP said at a press conference that the investigations into the deaths of Mr Dyck, Ms Deese and Mr Fowler continued.

Schmegelsky and McLeod are suspects in the double murder of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and USA citizen Chynna Deese, 24.

".it was a search that could only be successful if we had strong public engagement and support". Their bodies were found four days earlier along a highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.

"It's huge to be able to hopefully give some people the opportunity to exhale and to hopefully go back to being normal and not be afraid of who is out in the woods", she said.

Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler.

"There's a lot of sadness because we're never going to know why".

In deciding which details to release publicly, lawyer Lorne Randa said the RCMP will consider the fact that an individual's privacy rights don't disappear at death, and their family members also have a right to privacy.