Monday, July 22, 2019

Archive notes into the investigation into three high profile Northern BC murders

Background notes related to a number of RCMP investigations into a string of so far, unrelated cases of homicide near Liard Hot Springs and a suspicious death and missing persons cases related to the discovery of a body near Dease Lake.

The July 19th Briefing on the Dease/Fowler homicide investigation from the RCMP can be reviewed below:

RCMP Statements to this point related to the various case files

Manitoba RCMP

August 7 -- Significant announcement from Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy regarding the search for the BC suspects in the Gillam area
August 6 -- RCMP underwater Recovery Team completes search of the Nelson River
August 4 -- RCMP officers locate damaged boat on Nelson River shore
August 3 -- Manitoba's underwater recovery team to assist in Gillam search

July 31 -- Information update for July 31 (reduction of resources deployed)
July 30 -- Information update for July 30
July 29 -- Information update for July 29
July 28 -- Information update for July 28
July 27 -- Information update for July 27
July 26 -- RCMP continues ongoing search for suspects
July 24 -- RCMP search for suspects

Northern Rockies Detachment 

July 23 -- Police request the public's assistance in locating the suspects connected to Northern BC investigations
July 22 -- Investigation continues into the deaths of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese in northern British Columbia
July 19 -- Suspicious Death Investigation continues
July 19 -- Statement from the Fowler Family
July 18 -- Homicide Investigation continues - Victims Identified
July 17 -- Suspicious Death Investigation Continues
July 16 -- Police investigate Suspicious Deaths

Dease Lake Detachment

July 24 -- Charges laid in connection with Dease Lake homicide investigation as the search continues for the two suspects
July 23 -- Police request the public's assistance in locating the suspects connected to Northern BC investigations
July 22 -- Police seek public assistance in identifying deceased male in Dease Lake investigation
July 21 -- Police seek public assistance in Dease Lake investigation
July 19 -- Vehicle Fire near Dease Lake BC, leads to discovery of deceased male

BC/Regional/National News Coverage of the case files

August 11

Autopsies complete on bodies found in northern Manitoba, more details expected Monday
Family of BC homicide victim offers forgiveness as father of suspect speaks out
Heartfelt Facebook post by sister of Chynna Deese takes issue with behaviour of Bryer Schmegelsky's father

August 10

Manitoba RCMP find 'item that may be of interest' in area where search for BC fugitives ended
'Serious inquires only'": Ad for murder suspects' boat posted on Kijiji
New items 'of interest to investigation' found in Gillam
RCMP in Gillam find new item that 'may be of interest' in BC homicide investigation

August 9

How a river guide's sharp eye, and a sleeping bag, triggered a search that ended the RCMP manhunt
With suspects believed dead, answers about BC homicides may be hard to find
End to manhunt leaves questions unanswered
RCMP awaiting autopsy results on bodies believed to be 2 BC fugitives

August 8 

Retired Senior Mountie says answers could still come in BC homicides
For families linked to northern BC murders, there may be no closure: experts
Gillam Manitoba still reeling after manhunt for BC murder suspect ends
'Overwhelming relief': Gillam getting back to normal after homicide suspects found

August 7

Bodies of BC homicide suspects found in Manitoba wilderness ending country-wide manhunt
Manhunt ends: Bodies believe to be BC murder suspects found in northern Manitoba
Bodies believed to be fugitives bound in 'deep brush' in northern Manitoba: BC RCMP give more details in manhunt case
RCMP 'confident' they've found bodies of BC fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod
BC murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky, Kam McLeod believed to be dead
Two bodies thought to be BC fugitives found in Northern Manitoba: RCMP
Family of victim says she is 'speechless' at the news that the fugitives' bodies have been found
Bodies found in northern Manitoba believed to be 2 BC fugitives
Bodies believed to be murder suspects found in Northern Manitoba
Manitoba Manhunt! RCMP update the status of search, with announcement of discovery of bodies of two BC Suspects  NCR
'A murderer from Texas': RCMP debunk five conspiracy theories about the BC Fugitives

August 6

'Life has not returned to normal' in Fox Lake, even as search for BC fugitives scaled back: chief
RCMP wrap up Nelson River dives in manhunt for BC murder suspects

August 5 

RCMP dive team ends Manitoba river search for BC fugitives with no new leads
Tip about BC fugitives prompts RCMP to train rifles on Saskatchewan couple, order them out of car
RCMP end fruitless underwater search in Nelson River for BC murder suspects
Use of social media 'double-edged' sword for police: Expert
RCMP complete search of river near Gillam for BC murder suspects

August 4

RCMP divers search Manitoba river after damaged boat found in hunt for BC fugitives
RCMP underwater team join manhunt for BC murder suspects

August 3

RCMP sending dive team to Gillam to search for BC fugitives
RCMP divers sent to Gillam to aid search for BC murder suspects
Gillam residents discuss ongoing manhunt for BC murder suspects at town meeting
OPP probing tips from across the province on possible location of BC murder suspects

August 2

'Misinformation' being spread about homicide suspects, Sudbury police say
Hundreds of people attend funeral for BC murder victim
It's been blow out of proportion;: Online speculation causing havoc in manhunt for BC fugitives

August 1

Manhunt for BC murder suspects enters new chapter as Ontario police probe 'suspicious' car
Advocates say Manitoba manhunt demonstrates lack of resources dedicated to MMIWG
RCMP scaling down search for murder suspects in northern Manitoba
'They will have to surface': Community vigilance key to bringing BC fugitives to justice, experts say
Lucas Fowlers' family  puts on brave faces for BC murder victims's funeral
Survival expert says 90% chance BC murder suspects are still alive

July 31

Report of murder suspect sightings in northeastern Ontario unconfirmed, OPP says
Police probe report of suspicious vehicle in Kapuskasing, Ontario amid manhunt for B.C. murder suspects
RCMP press on as hunt for BC fugitives enters second week
RCMP scale back northern Manitoba manhunt for fugitives wanted in BC killings
Survival experts say teen fugitives may be headed for civilization after evading capture for nine days
RCMP admits it has no idea where BC fugitives are, as tips come in from as far away as Northern Ontario
'Tough place': RCMP scaling down search for murder suspects in northern Manitoba
These are the dangers facing anyone hiding in Manitoba's wilderness
'Cross your fingers': Famed tracker unsure what RCMP can do next to find BC fugitives
RCMP scale back search for BC murder suspects in Manitoba
'It is not over' but search for BC homicide suspects scaling down

July 30 

Former Sudbury man helped BC homicide suspects just 2 days before they were wanted
Cold Lake residents shaken after BC murder supsects spotted in Alberta town
As search for suspects in BC killings continues, a look back at past manhunts in Canada
Survival for two fugitives depends on will, determination to stay alive: Expert

July 29 

BC murder suspects stopped, released by band constables before manhunt: councillor
Manhunt for B.C. teen fugitives moves on as RCMP end search in Manitoba First Nation
Winnipeg's Bear Clan Patrol moves from city to wilderness in response to manhunt for B.C. murder suspects
Mounties leaving York Landing, Manitoba as latest tip in search for fugitives comes up empty
People in York Landing told to lock doors while police patrol area for suspects in BC homicides
If you don't know the land "it will eat you up"; Manhunt for accused killers shifts to First Nations communities
Northern BC murders: RCMP scale back search in York Landing
Suspects continue to elude national manhunt
'The manhunt is on here:' Manitoba chief talks about search for murder suspects

July 28

'A kind an adventurous soul': Memorial for US woman killed in BC
RCMP zero in on 2 people matching descriptions of BC murder suspects
RCMP broaden search for teens wanted in BC killings to York Landing, Manitoba
Northern BC murders: RCMP descend on York Landing after suspects spotted scavenging
In wake of northern BC murders, residents say cell service needed along highways
Port Alberni residents 'struggling' while waiting for BC murder suspects to be caught: mayor
Father of BC murder suspect pens book, details troubled life
' I pray this is all over tonight': RCMP searching York Landing for BC fugitives
Police following tip that BC homicide suspects were seen in York Landing
Police going door to door in Northern Manitoba hunt for BC homicide suspects
RCMP investigating possible sighting of BC homicide suspects in York Landing
No new sightings as hunt continues for BC homicide suspects, focus shifts to canvassing Gillam homes
Manhunt brings Global attention to Gillam, Manitoba
Police fielding over 200 tips on 2 fugitives, still focused on northern Manitoba

July 27

Fatigue, 'maze' of brush and B.C. suspects' desperation elevate risk to police as search drags on: experts
Transfixed by tragedy: mystery of alleged 'team killers' captures world's attention
RCMP going door to door in Gillam, in search of information on BC murder suspects
RCMP receive air support from Canadian military in hunt for BC murder suspects
Specialist officers saturate town of Gillam
Military arrive in Manitoba to help search for suspects 
'Military style survival': How BC murder suspects may be faring in the harsh Manitoba wilderness
At the centre of an RCMP manhunt, here's how Gillam is coping

Canadian Forces aid search for BC murder suspects in Gillam
'Hectic times around here': Community reacts as search for BC homicide suspects continues in Gillam
Bear Clan offers support, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs rolls out safety strategy as search continues for BC homicide suspects

July 26

Suspects might have escaped Gillam with 'inadvertent' help, RCMP says
Canadian Forces approved to join air search for BC murder suspects
It's looking 'less likely' that BC murder suspects are still in Gillam: expert
Northern BC murder suspects may have covered 1,400 kilometres over 2 days
Bryer Schmegelsky, Kam McLeod seen at Meadow Lake, Sask, Co-op store in newly-released video
RCMP Manhunt: How online rumours affect police investigations
What to know about Twitch and Steam, gaming platforms reportedly used by BC murder suspects
Searching for answers: Sense of unease lingers in BC's isolated north as police hunt suspects in remote killings
Residents of remote Gillam on edge as manhunt for BC murder suspects stretches on
Victims of Northern BC killings remembered as travellers, loved ones, whose lives were tragically cut short
This 'dead end' Manitoba town is 'the perfect place to get caught.' So, where are the two BC fugitives?
If you 'inadvertently' helped two suspected killers escape, please come forward forward, RCMP urge
RCMP release video of homicide suspects in Saskatchewan store
RCMP release video as manhunt for BC highway killing suspects continues
RCMP say murder suspects may have left northern Manitoba; Armed Forces join manhunt
Manhunt suspect lookalike photo causes uproar
BC murder suspects may have changed appearance and been given help leaving Gillam: Manitoba RCMP
All resources brought to bear in search for fugitives: Police Association Head
Port Alberni searches for answers as manhunt for murder suspects continues

July 25

Fugitives likely still in Gillam, Manitoba area, RCMP says
Likely 'no turning back' for fugitives suspected in BC killings, psychologists say
Buggy, boggy and brutal: Area of northern Manitoba search is unforgiving, experts say
Out of the woods: How police could narrow in on the northern BC  murder suspects

July 24

Police seek BC murder suspects in swamp, bush, bugs of northern Manitoba
Four classmates of northern BC murder suspect say he would describe killing himself, others
Burned out vehicle in northern Manitoba was used by teens wanted for BC killings
Burnt vehicle found in northern Manitoba used by suspects in BC homicides: RCMP
Manhunt underway after burnt vehicle found in northern Manitoba used by suspects in BC homicides: RCMP
RCMP will use every resource to comb harsh terrain for suspects in BC killings, experts say
Vancouver man identified as Dease Lake victim: Canada-wide warrants issues for Northern BC murder suspects
Dease Lake Murder community meeting (video)
Canadian manhunt for teen murder suspects spreads across country
'He's on a suicide mission': Father of 18 year old murder suspect says he won't be taken alive
'They know how to hide': The Canadian teens wanted over Australian's death

July 23

What we know about Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, targets of national manhunt
All-night police search in Northern Manitoba for suspects in BC homicide of young couple: First Nation chief
Manitoba Mounties on all-night patrol as search for murder suspects continues
Police patrolling Manitoba First Nation over concerns homicide suspects may be in area
Murder suspects enjoy war, hunting and camouflage simulation games
Manhunt underway for suspects wanted in Northern BC highway deaths
Missing teens named as suspects in three northern BC killings
National manhunt on for Port Alberni teens suspected in three murders
RCMP search for missing teens now suspected in three BC slayings
Northern BC  homicides: Missing teens now considered suspects
RCMP describes Kam McLeod, 19 and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, as suspects in murders of tourists in northern BC
Suspects in three Northern BC deaths spotted in Manitoba
Fast police response to highway deaths spurs discrimination complaint
Here's what some international media have wrong about Northern BC double murder
Teens thought missing now suspects in northern BC double murder, unidentified body
From the Missing List to the Suspects list in less than 24 hours ... Mounties release more information on Northern BC homicides  NCR
RCMP receive tips on Texas murder suspect in connection with northern BC double homicide
Northern BC homicides (video)

July 22

Mounties look to links between double slaying, a body found and two missing teens in Northern BC
Australian police officer Stephen Fowler says nothing prepared him and his family for dealing with son's murder
A couple in love, friends in search of work: Portraits of people at the centre of 2 northern BC mysteries
Police say link 'possible between northern BC double murder, missing teens, dead man
Man sought in Alaska Highway murder investigation
RCMP urge travellers to Northern BC to be vigilant following three deaths, two disappearances
Questions loom amid northern BC murders and disappearances
Northern BC residents on edge as police say link between three deaths, missing pair 'possible'
RCMP release composite sketch of man whose body was found near Dease Lake
Still troubled by it': Wintess recounts securing the scene of northern BC double murder
Man's sketch released in Alaska highway murder investigation
'Worst ever love story': Father of slain Australian man pleads for information
Couple killed in northern BC were shot, RCMP seek man for questioning
RCMP deliver twin updates related to ongoing Northern BC investigations  NCR
RCMP confirm couple died of 'gun violence' in northern BC
Northern BC case files grow in string of suspicious deaths and missing persons cases  NCR
Vancouver Island Teens missing after truck found burning south of Dease Lake

July 20 & 21

Alaska Highway murder investigation a priority, police say
Teens associated with burning vehicle near Dease Lake missing
Body, burning vehicle found near Dease Lake
Two young men from Port Alberni remain missing two days after their pickup truck caught fire south of Dease Lake
Drivers of burned-out truck found in Northern BC now considered missing
Couple found dead on remote BC highway were wild about travel, mother says
Police seek two missing teens after vehicle fire leads to body in Northern BC
Double homicide victims in Northern BC had just begun to explore Canada
Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC
Tourist couple found dead off BC highway were 'happy' and 'confident' bystanders say
RCMP seeking missing men after Dease Lake Vehicle fire; body found
Tourist couple found dead off BC highway were 'happy' and 'confident', bystanders say
RCMP appeal to the public for information after 2 tourists found dead off northern BC highway

July 19

No link yet to serial killer rumours as couple murdered near Liard Hot Springs
Cat ears put on cop during streamed news conference on homicide
Hack puts cat ears on cop in homicide news conference
Truck found on fire near Dease Lake BC, followed by discovery of dead male
Tourist couple found murdered in Northern BC from North Carolina and Australia
Australian police inspector's son one of two dead in double homicide in northern BC
RCMP call killings of two tourists in BC  'unusual'
Double homicide victims had just begun to explore Canada
Tourists found dead along BC's Alaska Highway appear to have been shot: NSW police
RCMP identify homicide victims found near Liard River Hotsprings
Body, burning truck found near Dease Lake
RCMP investigate Double Homicide in Northeastern BC

International coverage

July 27 

Canada murder hunt: military join search as suspect's mother pleads for safe ending
Police release new footage in search for Fowler suspects
Manhunt ramps up in Canada murder
Teenage suspects still on the run

July 26 

Canadian manhunt for teens narrows in Lucas Fowler murder case
Teenagers' trail of mayhem across Canada leads to wilds of Manitoba
Canada murders: police look to remote Manitoba town in hunt for teen suspects
Fears Canada murder suspects have eluded searchers

July 25

Police zero-in on remote Canadian town in hunt for teen murder suspects 
Lucas Fowler murder: Police deploy crisis negotiation team after confirmed sightings of teen suspects
Father of suspect in 3 killings in Canada says son plans to go out 'in blaze of glory'
Teens suspected of murdering Lucas Folwer in Canada 'at the end of the road'
Lucas Fowler murder: Father of teen suspect says goodby to son
Canada murders: father of suspect fears police shootout as third victim identified

July  24

Canada: police hunting murder suspects find charred car 3,000km from scene

July 23

Canadian police release CCTV footage of murdered Australian man Lucas Fowler and girlfriend Chynna Deese
Police release CCTV of Lucas Fowler and girlfriend as investigation continues
Sketches released in Canadian murder hunt
Cat-astrophe Canadian cops hunting double murderer are slammed after accidentally using "car filter" during live-stream press conference
Two teens thought missing named as suspects in double murder
Two missing teens named as suspects in murder of Australian and his girlfriend in Canada

July 22

Canadian police search for 'serial killer'
Canada police investigating missing teens in same province where Sydney man was shot
Teens missing in Canada murder twist
Canada murder twist: Teens missing days after Australian man was killed
Tourists in Canada speak of encounter with Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were murdered

July 21

Grieving Fowler family arrives in Canada
Killer of Australian man and his girlfriend has a three-day 'head start'

July 20

Lucas Fowler's family 'crushed' by loss of son and girlfriend Chynna Deese in British Columbia
Aussie's Canadian road trip ends in horror
Australian 'happy, smiling' hours before he was shot dead in Canada
Sydney man Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese shot dead, NSW police say

July 19

Australian murdered in Canada identified as NSW policeman's son
Son of NSW Police Chief Inspector found dead on a highway in Canada in double homicide
Australian man Lucas Fowler found dead in Canada in 'suspicious' circumstances

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