Body found, teens missing

Police are looking for two teenagers after a body was discovered Friday in B.C.'s north, south of Dease Lake.

The body was discovered by police at a highway rest stop, shortly after they had responded to a truck fire on Highway 37, just south of the Stikine River Bridge.

Police have learned 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, both from Port Alberni, had been driving the truck to Whitehorse to look for work. Since the discovery of their burned out truck, they have not been in contact with their families.

“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”, said Dawn Roberts of the BC RCMP.

“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. 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.”

The pair were last seen travelling south from a gas station in Dease Lake at about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. Police are unsure why they had apparently changed the direction of their travels.

The man's body was discovered about two kilometres from the teens' truck. Police have yet to identify the deceased, and his connection to the two missing teenagers is unclear.

The death comes shortly after a couple were found shot dead along the side of the Alaska Highway, 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs. Those killings occurred about 470 kilometres from the body that was found Friday. No one has been arrested in connection to any of the killings.

In a press release, police acknowledge the “growing community concerns” about the incidents.

“The RCMP would ask the public to continue to take any general safety precautions and remain vigilant at this time,” Roberts said. “We also remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.”

Police have asked anyone with any information about the missing teens to call the Dease Lake RCMP at 250-771-4111.

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