"This morning, at approximately 10a.m., RCMP officers located two male bodies in the dense brush within one kilometre from where the items were found, this is approximately eight kilometers from where the burnt vehicle was located. At this time, we believe these are the bodies of the two suspects wanted in connection with the homicides in British Columbia. An autopsy is being scheduled in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and to determine their cause of death. To the families of everyone affected by the series of events over the last few weeks, I know it has been so very difficult and I hope today's announcement can begin to bring some closure. I want to thank the communities and the leadership of Gillam, Fox Lake Cree Nation, Ilford War Lake First Nation and York Landing. Your lives have been disrupted. Many of you lived with uncertainty and fear nut throughout you were resilient. You came together as communities and you helped our officers get the job done. To the officers involved in the search, I commend you for your determination your innovation for never giving up and for working night and day to bring this search to a conclusion."
I'm confident that it is them but they're, to identify them officially and you know, to to to be sure, we have to go to autopsy.
(Reporter: How do you think they were able to evade police for this long?)
I don't have an answer for that. It's a very dense place. It's a difficult place to find anybody. As I said earlier, very tough terrain, lots of, lots of land, as well, it's it's a huge area that we're looking at. It's, it's very hard to pinpoint anything in such a dense terrain."
Canadian police announced Wednesday they believe the two fugitives suspected of killing a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as another man have been found dead in Manitoba.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said authorities located two male bodies in dense bush and they believe they are nineteen-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryan Schmegelsky.
At a news conference, she said she is confident it is them but an autopsy will confirm.
Police said Tuesday items belonging to the pair were found along the Nelson River in Manitoba approximately 9 kilometers from where they left a burnt-out vehicle on July 22.
Police had searched the river near Gillam, Manitoba over the weekend after a damaged aluminum boat was discovered there Friday. Police say the two bodies were located about a kilometer from where the items were found.
McLeod and Schmegelsky have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck and were suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina.