Body found near torched vehicle, pair of BC teens still missing

Dayne Patterson | July 21, 2019 in Provincial

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Police are looking for two BC teenagers after finding their vehicle torched nearby the body of a deceased individual found during their investigation. 

Dease Lake RCMP responded to the vehicle fire on Friday in an area south of Stikine River Bridge on Hwy 37, approximately 50 km south of Dease Lake.

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While officers conducted their investigation, they discovered a body at a nearby highway pullout, approximately 2 kilometres away, that has not yet been identified but has been confirmed as not either of the missing teens.

Now, to further their investigation, police are asking for the public's help in locating two missing BC teenagers who were believed to be driving the vehicle. 

Port Alberni residents Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have not been in contact with their family for the past few days. 

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McLeod (right) is described as 6'4" with dark brown hair and facial hair, brown eyes and weighs approximately 169 lbs. Schmegelsky (left) is also 6'4" with sandy brown hair and weighs approximately 169 lbs. 

Police say the two were travelling through BC to visit Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory in search for work, though it is unclear as to why they returned to BC and what their travel plans may have been. 

"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."

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

Police are unsure if or how the unidentified body found 2 km from the torched vehicle is related to the two missing males.

Dease Lake RCMP are asking anyone with information about McLeod and Schmegelsky to contact RCMP at 250-771-4111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online here.

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