B.C. Mounties are seeking the public's help in finding two young men following a mysterious death in the Northern Interior.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are both missing after the vehicle they had been driving caught fire on July 19 on Highway 37 south of the Stikine River Bridge.
After the investigation began, the body of a male was found at a nearby pullout along the highway. He was neither McLeod nor Schmegelsky, according to the RCMP.
The two missing young men, both from Port Alberni, had been travelling through B.C. in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck. They had previously been on their way to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.
McLeod and Schmegelsky were last seen in the Super A general store in Dease Lake around 3:15 p.m. on July 18. The vehicle fire occurred 50 kilometres south of Dease Lake.
“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,” B.C. RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said in a news release. “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," Roberts continued. "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.”
This case has not been publicly linked to last week's murders of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Robertson, along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs in northeastern B.C.
"Police acknowledge there are growing community concerns about the ongoing homicide investigations in northern B.C." the B.C. RCMP said tonight. "The Dease Lake incident occurred on July 19, 2019 and the other incident occurred between July 14-15, 2019, approximately 470 kilometres away."
McLeod is 6'4", weighs around 169 pounds, and has brown eyes, dark brown hair, and facial hair.
Schmegelsky is also 6'4" and weighs around 169 pounds, but has sandy brown hair.