British Columbia

Drivers of burned-out truck found in Northern B.C. now considered missing

Police said there are "growing community concerns" after a total of five people have been declared missing or murdered in the region in the past week — although officers say they don't know if the cases are related. 

Another 2 people travelling through the region found dead earlier last week

RCMP released these photos of 19-year-old Kam McLeod, left, and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky from Port Alberni, B.C., after their families reported them being out of contact. Police found the vehicle they were driving on fire 50 kilometres south of Dease Lake, B.C. (B.C. RCMP)

RCMP say the two young male drivers of a pickup truck found on fire in Northern B.C., close to a dead body, are now considered missing.

On Friday, RCMP discovered the burning truck, fitted with a sleeping camper, near Dease Lake, B.C. They found the body the same day, about two kilometres away in a highway pullout.

RCMP now say the truck's drivers, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, both from Port Alberni, B.C., haven't been in contact with their families for the past few days.

The pair were travelling in the pickup to visit Whitehorse and look for work, police say, and may be in an area without cellphone coverage. RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen them to call police. 

Police say they're working to identify the body found near the burned vehicle, but officers now know that it isn't Schmegelsky or McLeod. They're still figuring out how the body and the vehicle are related, if at all.

Police released this image of a camper truck that they say Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were driving, which was eventually found on fire on Friday, July 19, 2019. (B.C. RCMP)

Schmegelsky and McLeod were last spotted in the red and grey Dodge pickup truck travelling south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake at around 3:15 p.m. last Thursday. 

Kam McLeod is described as:

  • 6 foot 4 or 1.93 metres tall.
  • Weighing approximately 169 pounds or 77 kilograms.
  • Having dark brown hair and facial hair.
  • Having brown eyes.

Bryer Schmegelsky is described as:

  • 6 foot 4 or 1.93 metres tall.
  • Weighing approximately 169 pounds or 77 kilograms.
  • Having sandy brown hair.

'Growing community concerns'

Police admit there are "growing community concerns" after a total of five people have been declared missing or murdered in Northern B.C. in the past week — although officers say they don't know if the cases are related. 

Earlier last week, a couple was found dead about 470 kilometres away on a remote stretch of highway. The young couple had been travelling through Northern B.C. to Alaska in a camper van.

RCMP are asking the public to take general safety precautions like sharing travel plans with friends and family and establishing check-in times, as well as to remain vigilant. 

Anyone with any information about Schmegelsky and McLeod​​​​ is asked to call Dease Lake RCMP at 250-771-4111, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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