Teens accused of shooting Lucas Fowler left behind a video message
Canadian teen serial killers who ‘shot dead three people’ filmed a chilling last will and testament on their phones before committing suicide – which could hold the key to the brutal murders
- Kam McLeod, 19 and Bryer Schmegelsky, 19, left a recorded video message
- It included their wishes for what would happen to their remains and goodbye messages for their families
- Canadian police will not reveal what else they said or if it contained their motives for the murders of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck
- The pair took own lives while hiding in remote bush in Canada earlier this month
- They are accused of shooting Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck
The two teenage Canadian murder suspects who killed an Australian backpacker, his American girlfriend and a college lecturer before taking their own lives after a weeks-long manhunt recorded a last will and testament for their families on their phones, it has been revealed.
Kam McCleod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found dead from gunshot wounds earlier this month after leading police in Canada on a weeks-long chase.
An unnamed relative told The Star Vancouver that the families learned they had recorded a message for them before they died and that their parents were shown parts of the video.
In the footage, the pair described what they wanted to happen to their remains and said goodbye, the relative said.
It is unclear if they explained their motive for the killings of Australian backpacker Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck, 64, in the footage too.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will not discuss further details of the footage other than to confirm it.
The teenagers’ bodies were found on August 7 but police say they had been dead for several days beforehand.
They were discovered in ‘dense bush’ near Gillam.
Kam McLeod, 19 (left), and Bryer Schmegelsky, 19 (right), recorded the video message on their mobile phones before taking their own lives in remote bushland in northern Manitoba, Canada, earlier this month
McLeod and Schmegelsky said goodbye to their families in the video and described what they wanted done with their remains, according to a family member.
The video could be the key to explaining why the two teenagers, who weeks before were working at Walmart, would suddenly become killers.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on August 12 that autopsies pointed to the teenagers taking their own lives.
Two guns were found with the bodies and are undergoing forensic analysis to determine if they are the weapons used to shoot Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24, from North Carolina dead on the side of a British Columbia highway on July 15.
The couple’s bodies were found in a ditch beside their blue 1986 Chevrolet van on July 15.
They were on a Canadian road trip when their Chevrolet van broke down leaving them stranded in an area with minimal mobile reception.
Four days after the discovery of their bodies, university botany lecturer Leonard Dyck, 64, was found dead on another BC highway some 480km (300 miles) away by Dease Lake.
His Toyota RAV4 was missing and a Dodge pickup truck had been set on fire about a mile away.
Police determined that the Dodge belonged to McLeod.
On July 24, RCMP announced that Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in the three murders after the RAV4 was found in flames near Gillam by local residents Billy and Tamara Beardy.
The murders of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese (left together) and Leonard Dyck remain unexplained
The discovery of the two teenagers’ bodies concluded a 15-day manhunt that began in the western Canadian province of British Columbia and spanned about 3,100 miles across five provinces
Bryer and co-suspect Kam McLeod, 19, are suspected of killing Mr Fowler and Ms Deese (pictured) after their bodies were discovered in British Columbia on July 15
While Schmegelsky and McLeod are currently the only suspects in the three murders, police say their investigation will not close until it is proven they were responsible.
Following the discovery of his son’s body, Alan Schmegelsky spoke to 60 Minutes and refused to call his son a killer until he had all the facts.
‘I’m so sorry for what’s happened, okay? Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know,’ he said. ‘I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel … I know they’re hurt, and from our country to the families, I’m so sorry.’
SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLERS ON THE RUN IN CANADA: A TIMELINE
July 12: Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky leave their hometown of Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, to search for work in Whitehorse, Yukon, according to family members
July 15: Police find the bodies of Chynna Deese, a 24-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lucas Fowler, a 23-year-old from Sydney, Australia, on the side of Highway 97 about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs in remote British Columbia.
The blue 1986 Chevrolet van they were driving on their road trip through Canada is found nearby with a blown-out back window
July 18: McLeod’s torched Dodge pickup truck is found 300 miles away near Dease Lake
July 19: The body of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old Vancouver botanist, is found about a mile away from the burned-out remains of the truck McLeod and Schmegelsky were traveling in.
RCMP reports the teens as missing, fearing that they had been killed or kidnapped by whomever committed the murders of Deese, Fowler and Dyck
July 24: Schmegelsky and McLeod are named as suspects in the three murders after the RAV4 was found in flames near Gillam
July 29: York Landing in Manitoba is thrown into lockdown after two men were spotted foraging for food at local landfill, sparking a massive search by police, military, tracking dogs and drones
August 1: Police begin searching the province of Ontario, 1,200 miles from where the pair were last seen, after reports of a suspicious vehicle near Kapuskasing
August 2: Police say the sighting of the pair in Ontario was not credible, as Lucas Fowler’s friends and family hold an emotional memorial for him in Sydney.
Local tour guide Clint Sawchuk spots a blue sleeping bag in the Nelson River outside Gillam and contacts police
August 3: Sawchuk’s tip leads police to a battered row boat washed up on the river bank
August 6: The search diverts to the town of Sundance, which has been abandoned since 1992, and once housed a murder suspect for three years
August 7: Canadian Police announce that two male bodies believed to belong to McLeod and Schmegelsky were found in ‘dense bush’ by the Nelson River, five miles from where they abandoned the burning car.
August 12: Autopsy confirms the teens died of self-inflicted gunshots
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