Charges laid in connection with Dease Lake homicide investigation

 Leonard Dyck

RCMP announced on Wednesday that the man discovered dead on July 19 at a highway pullout about two kilometres south of the vehicle fire south of Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37 is 64-year-old Leonard Dyck from Vancouver.

BC RCMP released a photo of Dyck and are expanding their request for any additional information from anyone who may have spoken to him during his travels in northern BC. The BC RCMP Major Crime tiplines remain open in support of the 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 were notified and they provided 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.”
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 Dyck.

As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.

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.

RCMP said: “We continue to ask 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.”

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