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Identity of man killed near Dease Lake released, second-degree murder charges laid against fugitives McLeod and Schmegelsky

Leonard Dyck

Police have now identified the man found deceased at a Highway 37 pullout south of Dease Lake and laid second-degree murder charges against wanted in connection with the death.

Leonard Dyck, from Vancouver, has been identified as the deceased man.

In consultation with the BC Prosecution Service, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, have now been charged with one count of second degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.

As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.

There are concurrent investigations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba into the sightings reported to the police of the two suspects. Saskatchewan RCMP had received reports of the suspects being spotted in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on July 21. On July 24, Manitoba RCMP confirmed that the RAV4 the pair were travelling in, was recovered on fire in the Gillam area in the Northern part of the province in the evening of July 22.

The two men are also suspects in the deaths of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese near Liard Hot Springs.

BC RCMP are releasing a photo of Leonard and expanding their request for any additional information from anyone who may have spoken to Leonard during his travels in northern BC. The BC RCMP Major Crime tiplines remain open in support of the Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese homicide investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.

The Dyck family have been notified and they wish to provide the following statement:

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 RCMP is asking 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.