Update – Police seek public assistance in Dease Lake investigation

Dease Lake, BC – On July 19, 2019 the Dease Lake RCMP responded to a vehicle fire south of Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37. While investigating the vehicle additional information led police to discover a body at a nearby Highway pullout.

As a result of the ongoing investigative efforts, police are now seeking the public’s assistance in locating two young men who were driving the vehicle and are missing.

Update – Police seek public assistance in identifying deceased male in Dease Lake investigation

Police request the public’s assistance in locating the suspects connected to Northern BC investigations

The BC RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 19 year old Kam McLeod and 18 year old Bryer Schmegelsky from Port Alberni who have not been in contact with their family for the last few days and were driving the vehicle found on fire 50 km south of Dease Lake.

Schmegelsky & McLeod
Schmegelsky & McLeod

Kam and Bryer were travelling through BC to visit Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to look for work. It is not clear why they returned to BC and what their travel plans may be.

“Kam and Bryer have periodically connected with family and friends over the past week and it is possible that they are now in area without cell coverage”, says Dawn Roberts, BC RCMP Communications. “However, we have found their vehicle and have not been able to locate either of them at this time. We are asking for Kam or Bryer to connect with police right away and let us know you are okay. Or we ask that anyone who may have spoken to or seen them over the last few days to call police so we can get a better understanding as to where they might be or their plans.”



Kam McLeod is described as:

6 foot 4

Approximately 169 pounds

Dark brown hair and facial hair

Brown eyes

Bryer Schmegelsky is described as:

6 foot 4

Approximately 169 pounds

Sandy brown hair

The two were travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and BC License plate LW6433. They were last seen travelling south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake at around 3:15 pm on Thursday July 18, 2019.

The two were travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and BC License plate LW6433.
The two were travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and BC License plate LW6433.

Police can also confirm that the deceased person located about 2 kms away from the vehicle fire is not Kam or Bryer, but is believed to be a male that we are working to identify. It is unclear at this time how this deceased male might be connected with vehicle fire or the two missing men.

Police acknowledge there are growing community concerns about the ongoing homicide investigations in northern BC. The Dease Lake incident occurred on July 19, 2019 and the other incident occurred between July 14-15, 2019, approximately 470 kilometres away.

At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations. The RCMP would ask the public to continue to take any general safety precautions and remain vigilant at this time. We also remind travelers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.

Anyone with any information is about Kam and Bryer is asked to please call Dease Lake RCMP 250-771-4111, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.

BC RCMP



BACKGROUND

Vehicle fire near Dease Lake BC, leads to discovery of deceased male
Dease Lake, Major Crimes Unit

2019-07-19 16:11 PDT

File # 2019-307

On July 19th 2019 the Dease Lake RCMP responded to a vehicle fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.

Upon arrival Dease Lake Frontline RCMP members located a pickup truck on fire, with no one located in the vehicle. At the time the vehicle fire was being investigated, a passing motorist advised the members at the still burning vehicle that they had just seen what they believed to be a body at a nearby Highway pullout.

Dease Lake RCMP members located that scene and found the body of a deceased male. This investigation is ongoing and at this time it is unclear if these two scenes are related. The Dease Lake RCMP and North District Major Crime Unit are currently being supported by E Division Major Crime unit on these investigations.

The BC Coroners Service was contacted and is in the early stages of its fact-finding investigation; the Coroners Service investigates all sudden, unexpected and/or unnatural deaths in the province to determine who died, how, where, when and by what means.

Dease Lake RCMP are asking for any witnesses who were in the area or may have dash-cam footage to come forward. If you have any information please call Dease Lake RCMP 250-771-4111, North District Major Crimes at 250-613-6744, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

Dease Lake RCM



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