Medical Examiner Concludes It Was Suicide By Gunfire

Two teenage murder suspects who led authorities on a desperate 15-day manhunt across Canada died of apparent suicide by gunfire, a medical examiner has revealed.  In a statement released yesterday afternoon, police said the autopsies confirmed that the bodies found near the Nelson River outside Gillam, Manitoba, last week belong to fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19.   Officials said two firearms were found with the teens, who apparently died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.  The statement said it is unclear when they died, but that “there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last being seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.”  The discovery of the bodies concluded a 15-day manhunt that began in the western Canadian province of British Columbia and spanned about 3,100 miles across five provinces.

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan