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Police believe they found the bodies of Canadian teenage murder suspects

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on Wednesday they believe officers have discovered the bodies of two Canadian teenagers suspected of murdering three people.

The bodies were found on the banks of the Nelson River in Manitoba on Wednesday morning, after a manhunt that lasted several weeks. Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP, said she is "confident" officers located the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and an autopsy will confirm their identities.

McLeod and Schmegelsky are from the Vancouver area, and are suspected of killing Leonard Dyck, Chynna Deese, and Lucas Fowler. Dyck was a professor from British Columbia, while Deese, an American, and Fowler, her Australian boyfriend, were driving through Canada on their way to Alaska. Dyck's body was found on July 19, four days after the bodies of Deese and Fowler were discovered in northern British Columbia.

Authorities said there is evidence that links McLeod and Schmegelsky to the murders, and it will be difficult to determine a motive. Schmegelsky's father said his son and McLeod worked at Walmart, but went to Alberta to try to find higher-paying jobs. After it was announced his son was a suspect in the murders, he told The Canadian Press his son wanted to go out in "a blaze of glory."