On Saturday, a memorial was held for the young woman from North Carolina who was murdered with her boyfriend – reportedly by two Canadian teenagers who are now the subject of a rural manhunt north of the border.
Friends and relatives gathered Saturday at the New City Church in Charlotte to remember Chynna Deese.
Deese, 24, and her Australian friend, 23-year-old Lucas Fowler, were found dead last week along a highway in western Canada.
A third victim also found dead in western Canada has been identified as Leonard Dyck, 64, from Vancouver.
Mourning people attend a Chynna Deese memorial in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday
Deese, 24, and her Australian friend, Lucas Fowler, were found dead last week along a highway in western Canada
Mourners see Saturday the memorial service abandoned in the New City Church in Charlotte
Deese family did not provide any details about the memorial or the planned funeral, according to the Charlotte observer.
The Canadian police have suggested that well-meaning residents could have inadvertently helped disguise the two suspects of teenage murder.
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run since July 15, when the three bodies were found in British Columbia.
They are also accused of killing the botanist Dyck from the University of British Columbia in BC before driving more than 3,000 km east to the province of Manitoba.
The friends were seen twice in the extremely remote town of Gillam at the beginning of the week and have since fallen to the ground, discarded the car they were traveling in and burned it.
With one road leading to the city and no confirmed sightings of the duo outside of Gillam, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police still believes the suspects will remain in the area.
Fowler (left) and Deese can be seen posing for a selfie above. Their bodies were discovered on July 15 along the Alaska Highway at Liard Hot Springs, Canada
Leonard Dyck, a botanist at the University of British Columbia, was also killed
An undated handout photo made available by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) shows Bryer Schmegelsky (right), 18, and Kam McLeod (left), 19, which the authorities have named as suspects
But RCMP Corporal Julie Courchaine said they are open to the possibility that the duo used disguises or accidentally helped someone leave.
& # 39; Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky may have changed their appearance, & # 39; she said to reporters on Friday.
& # 39; It is possible that someone was unaware of who he was, offered help and now hesitates to come forward.
& # 39; I want to emphasize again the importance of contacting the police immediately. & # 39;
North District Rocky Mountain Police Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said the locals may not be aware of the potential of assisting teenage suspects.
& We are investigating all the options available at this point in the investigation to determine if someone may have traveled and picked them up in the area, not knowing who they were & she said Nine & # 39; s Today.
& # 39; Certainly on Monday, we had not yet confirmed that they were suspects here in British Columbia with regard to those three murders, and it took until Tuesday morning before we made the public plea for information and named them suspects.
& # 39; There is a possibility that people did not know that Kam and Bryer are being sought, and we certainly consider that a possibility given that we have not found them yet. & # 39;
To help generate public leads, the RCMP published a security video from McLeod and Schmegelsky on Sunday, July 21, which ran through a hardware store in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.
The footage has led to speculation that the duo wanted to prepare weeks in the wilderness, while the police continue to search through the rugged landscape in the northwestern pocket of Manitoba.
The police are now also preparing to go from door to door to ask residents for information.
Still on the run: Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are being hunted by the Canadian police
To help generate public leads, the RCMP published new security images of McLeod and Schmegelsky on Sunday, July 21, which ran through a stock store in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.
& # 39; In the next 72 hours, researchers will carry door-to-door cloths in the city of Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation hoping to generate new tips and information, & # 39; said Corporal Courchaine.
& # 39; Residents in these areas can be sure that we activate all necessary means to protect the safety of the public and officers. & # 39;
Gillam has a population of only 1,265, consisting mainly of the employees of a local hydro-dam and their families. There is only one road that goes there and the nearest town is around 55 km away.
The police have set up roadblocks, but the boys are not thought to have stolen another car, so the police think they are traveling on foot.
It is unclear what kind of supplies they have, and where they are hiding.
Residents who say that the city is surrounded by abandoned huts now fear that they can try to break into one of those, if not their own houses.
The police search all abandoned buildings that they encounter. Cpl. Cochraine said the country & # 39; close & # 39; and & # 39; heavy & # 39; even for the officers.
However, outside the city there is not much in terms of accommodation.
& # 39; There is not much shelter there. You can choose a direction and walk in and hope to bump into something, & said Gillam deputy mayor John MacDonald, adding: & # 39; It can be pretty trying without good supplies.
& # 39; None of us would like to be put in that situation. & # 39;
To limit their search, they use drones and probably use infrared technology to search the landscape for heat.
& # 39; They don't know where these two are exactly. They can be within their feet and not know it.
& # 39; It always happens when police are on an enclosure and at the end of the day the suspects were within reach and they just couldn't see it, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; When they see movement, when an infrared from the air sees a heat source that looks really good and is not an animal … footprints or clothing or waste, & # 39; said Jack Schonely, a former police officer CBC.
This is the remote part of Manitoba in Canada, where Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod hide
The small town of Gillam (pictured) has only one road that is now blocked
Canadian police who use sniffer dogs comb the area in search of clues
The police in Manitoba have not revealed the exact size of their search perimeter and are not asking questions.
On Thursday, a police spokeswoman said she had brought in help from other departments in western Canada and used all the resources needed to find the boys.
Bryer & # 39; s father Alan said he believes they are being shot by the police and that they want to go out in a burst of glory & # 39 ;.
He also told how his son likes to play strategy-based, military-style video games.
It can try to survive without good supplies.
Gillam deputy mayor John MacDonald
The mother of the teenager, however, gave him an emotional plea and begged him to report himself on Thursday.
What may have led them to murder remains a mystery.
The two teenagers, who are childhood friends, left Vancouver Island in search of better jobs, they told their parents.
How they met their alleged victims or even obtained the weapons they needed to kill them is unknown.
Residents in Gillam have been warned not to approach any of the boys when they see them.
They are considered dangerous and are probably still armed.
Everyone who sees the pair has been told to call 911 or his local police department.
The search for the couple continued on Friday. The police shared these photos of their efforts
Royal Canadian Mountain Police board a helicopter on Friday to find the two teenagers
This map shows the movements of teenagers in recent days and where the killings took place last week
The police are charting their strategy to find the couple on Thursday while the hunt for them continues
The boys are now thought to travel on foot after setting fire to their car (shown on Monday) after seeing their faces in the media
The huge Hudson Bay that lies on the tip of northwestern Manitoba. The boys are experienced campers, one of their father said, but the circumstances in which they are would test for everyone
A top view of the land in Manitoba is shown. A large part of the province is equally extensive and scarce
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