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Canadian Police reveal how teen murder suspects died

Canadian Police reveal how teen murder suspects died

Two British Columbia men who led police on a cross-Canada manhunt died in what appears to be suicide by gunfire, the RCMP said Monday.

The teens, both from Port Alberni, had initially been considered missing when the burned out truck and camper they were driving was found just a few kilometres from where the body of Dyck was found at a highway pullout. Police declined to release a cause of death, saying that "the manner in which he died is not important at this point".

They had been wanted over the murders of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24, who were discovered shot to death on July 15 along a highway in British Columbia.

The evidence led police to find the bodies of the pair last Wednesday near the town of Gillam in the Manitoba province.

The Manitoba RCMP have completed their search of the area were the two male bodies were discovered, approximately 8 km from where Mr. Dyck's burnt RAV4 was located on July 22, 2019.

It was not clear exactly when the men died.

The exact times and dates of their deaths are still unknown, but police believe the pair were still alive and in the Gillam area at the same time extensive searches were being carried out.

The two men are charged with second-degree murder in the death of botanist Leonard Dyck.

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Canadian police said two weapons were found alongside the teens' bodies and that they would conduct forensic analysis to confirm if they were used in the three murders.

"The examination of the area where (their bodies) were still being dealt with and searched". However, he said it's believed the bodies are those of the suspects.

Officers say the two suspects had been dead for several days before they were found at approximately 10 a.m. on August 7, though their exact date and time of death is not known.

The couple had met at a hostel in Croatia and their romance blossomed as they adventured across the U.S., Mexico, Peru and elsewhere, the woman's older brother said.

Officers finally received a break in the case when they found a damaged boat along the shores of the Nelson River last week.

Investigators, for instance, still are trying to determine a motive - and that will be hard, Hackett said.

The RCMP says its review will be completed over the next few weeks and families will be updated before the information is released to the public.

Al Schmegelsky, the father of Bryer, said in a weekend interview with Australia's 60 Minutes that he was "so sorry for what's happened". "You can not relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain, when you've played a part in the cause of our pain".