Leonard Dyck Biography
Leonard Dyck was the 64-year-old man who police say died at the hands of two fugitive teens in British Columbia — also sought in connection to the death of a tourist couple — was a university lecturer and father-of-two who loved nature, according to a new report.
The RCMP have released very little about what happened to Leonard Dyck. They are obviously certain foul play was involved instead of an accident or they wouldn’t have charged them with murder.
— One Kappy Leafs Fan! (@DaleSEA) August 7, 2019
Who is Leonard Dyck
Leonard Dyck, a botany lecturer at the University of British Columbia, was taking one of his characteristic solo camping trips through the wilderness when he was killed, Robert deWreede, a professor emeritus of botany at the university, told the CBC.
“He was spending a lot of time with his children [lately], sometimes going off on camping trips and so on,” deWreede said. “He often would tell me about the trips that they’d taken together. And I guess one of these trips resulted when he went off on his own camping up north.”
Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese’s Dead Bodies Found
Authorities believe the teens are also responsible for the slayings of tourist couple Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, of Sydney, Australia.
More @CBCNews on military personnel pulling out of an RCMP-led search in northern Manitoba for 2 suspects wanted after the northern B.C. homicides of university lecturer Leonard Dyck, American tourist Chynna Deese and Australian tourist Lucas Fowler. https://t.co/eMqBtxJ2yq
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) July 31, 2019
Canadian Police announced Wednesday afternoon that two male bodies believed to be Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were found in ‘dense brush’ by Nelson River near Gillam, Manitoba, hours earlier.
BREAKING: The bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod have been found near Gillam, MB, 15 days after they were named suspects in the homicide deaths of Chynna Deese, Lucas Fowler and Leonard Dyck in B.C.
— Andrea Woo | 鄔瑞楓 (@AndreaWoo) August 7, 2019
Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said she is ‘confident’ the bodies belong to the suspects. An autopsy will be performed to confirm their identities and cause of death.
Yes, but we don’t know if it was an accident, maybe they witnessed the murder of Leonard Dyck, were set up, wrong place & time, etc. The point of my post is that we do not have enough information and evidence to label them as murderers who should be feared by the entire country
— Fallyn (@FallynIeva) August 5, 2019
The discovery of the bodies concludes a 15-day manhunt that began in the western Canadian province of British Columbia and spanned more than 3,100 miles across three provinces.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Two male bodies were found by a river in Manitoba on Wednesday morning
- Canadian Police say they believe they are the bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19
- An autopsy will confirm the identities as well as the cause of death
- Schmegelsky and McLeod had been on the run in northern Canada for 15 days
- They were wanted over the murders of American Chynna Deese, 24, her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, and Vancouver man Leonard Dyck