The two teens suspected of killing Australian man Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese have been charged over the death of a third man.
Canadian police announced overnight that they have charged Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, with second degree murder over the death of Vancouver man Leonard Dyck.
The body of Mr Dyck was found near a burnt out vehicle believed to belong to the pair on Highway 37 in British Colombia on July 19.
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The 64-year-old’s family released a statement overnight, revealing their heartbreak.
“We are truly heart broken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened. While we understand there will be interest in knowing more about him and the impact he had during his life, we are asking for the public and the media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time,” the statement said.
As a result of the charges, police confirmed that Canada-wide warrants have now been issued for the two teens, who remain on the run.
Another car that the pair were allegedly travelling in was found in flames in bushland outside Gillam on July 22.
“We continue to ask the public to remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, and consider them to be armed and dangerous. The two may being using a different vehicle, on foot or even travelling separately. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately,” local police emphasised.
Sydney man Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24, were on a Canadian roadtrip of a lifetime when they were found shot dead near their broken-down van on the same remote highway as Mr Dyck on July 15.
The father of one of the suspects told Canadian media that his son was on a “suicide mission” and was likely going to go down in a shootout with police.
“They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this,” Bryer Schmegelsky’s father, Alan Schmegelsky said.
“Rest in peace, Bryer. I love you. I’m so sorry all this had to happen. I’m so sorry that I couldn’t rescue you.”