Police confirm that remains found last week in Manitoba belong to two British Columbia men, wanted in a cross-Canada manhunt. Investigators are still working to confirm if the guns were used in the deaths.
The RCMP says its review will be completed over the next few weeks and families will be updated before the information is released to the public.
Investigators say they're now assessing all the items found in Manitoba along with everything found in relation to the three homicides in B.C.to better understand what happened.
The investigation is not closed even though authorities believe the suspects were the killers, said Kevin Hackett, the RCMP assistant commissioner in British Columbia. Julie Courchaine said Friday they're hoping the autopsy can "provide a cause of death, and hopefully a timeframe, and hopefully answer some of the questions that we want answered".
She shared her sympathies with those affected and reminded residents that there are numerous supports available to residents of the Alberni Valley. "(I'll) never get to hug him again, never get to spend time with him again", he said.
"We anticipated the charges were going to be laid", Hackett said. "That will conclude the prosecution", spokesman Dan McLaughlin said in an email.
McLeod and Schmegelsky had been on the run for almost a month in connection with the killings of three people in northern British Columbia, including Deese and Fowler.
Manaigre says the area of the search extended to where a burned-out vehicle the pair travelled in was dumped, about eight kilometres from where the bodies were found.
Dyck's body was discovered along a highway pullout two kilometres south of Dease Lake, B.C., on July 19. The suspects had not been seen since a burned-out auto was found on July 22.
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Police sent in specialised teams and began searching high-probability areas.
A police helicopter initially spotted a damaged boat along the Nelson River last week and a follow-up search in the area uncovered the items directly linked to the two in what was described as very tough terrain. A search of the river turned up little of interest, police said.
The auto used by the two teenager was found torched, initially baffling police.
The RCMP said Monday that McLeod and Schmegelsky had been dead for a number of days before their bodies were found near Gillam, Manitoba.
Investigators, for instance, still are trying to determine a motive - and that will be hard, Hackett said.
Schmegelsky's father, Alan Schmegelsky, said earlier he had expected the nationwide manhunt to end in his son's death, who he said was on a "suicide mission."
Note to readers: This is a corrected story.
Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.