Alert River Guide Helped End Hunt for Fugitives

Authorities say motive of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod might never be known
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2019 11:15 AM CDT
In this July 23, 2019, file photo, security camera images of fugitives Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, then 18, are displayed during a news conference in Surrey, British Columbia.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP File)
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(Newser) – Canadian authorities say they're sure they've found the bodies of missing fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, and autopsies on Thursday are expected to confirm that, reports the CBC. What the autopsies won't be able to reveal, however, is why the pair of 19-year-olds allegedly murdered three people last month before going on the lam into the Canadian wilderness. Details and developments in the case:

  • The break: On Friday, tour guide Clint Sawchuk called authorities to say he'd spotted a blue sleeping bag tangled in willows on the Nelson River, reports the Globe and Mail. Police converged on the area and found a damaged aluminum rowboat the pair are believed to have taken through the rapids, along with some of their personal belongings. On Wednesday, police found two bodies in the region's dense brush.
  • Relief: "I'm so happy that I made that call," says Sawchuk, 40, whose wife and two children had gone to Winnipeg rather than staying in the area during the manhunt.

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