EDMONTON — Two teens found dead earlier this week in northern Alberta were shot to death and the case is now considered a double homicide, Mounties said Thursday.
RCMP Insp. Gibson Glavin said an autopsy on the bodies of Dylan Laboucan and Cory Grey revealed they died by gunshots.
"It is not a random act," Glavin told reporters at K Division headquarters in Edmonton.
"These two victims, Cory and Dylan, were deliberately killed by someone or some people, and they were connected to them in some way.
"We do know how they might be connected," he added.
"But right now we're not able to release that information. It's a key element of the investigation."
Laboucan, who was 17, was found Monday night on the Whitefish Lake First Nation.
The body of his girlfriend, 19-year-old Grey, was found the following day in a rural area outside of High Prairie, northwest of Edmonton.
Glavin said the bodies were found "some distance" from each other, but declined to be more specific.
He also declined to answer questions on the nature of the gunshot injuries, the weapons used, or the disposition of the bodies, saying that revealing such details could compromise the investigation.
"That kind of information is known by a select few right now — the RCMP, the medical examiner and whoever did this," he said.
"People who are way off in the information that we know to be correct are clearly people that we don't have to (give) immediate attention to."
Family members have said that the victims lived together in a trailer.
They have also said that on Saturday, a man found Dylan unresponsive outside the trailer. The man then went to phone for help and when he returned to the trailer, the body was gone.
Glavin said that man is being helpful to the investigation.
Asked about Grey's mother, he said she was "devastated" by the deaths.
According to Grey's father, Louis Grey, the couple had both been accepted to study at Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake, Alta., in the fall and were planning to move into an apartment there together next month.
Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press