Could the death of young couple murdered along a notorious Canadian highway on Monday, be the work of serial killer?
American woman and her Australian boyfriend are found ‘shot dead’ in Canada and dumped on side of Alaska Highway after their van broke down during around-the-world trip
The bodies of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were discovered on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia, Canada on Monday
Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, had been travelling the world with her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, the son of a police chief in Sydney
An eyewitness says she spoke with the couple by the side of the highway after their blue minivan broke down on Sunday
Killed by serial killer? The bodies of Chynna Deese [left], and Lucas Fowler were discovered on the side of the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday
The couple [photo] are understood to have been shot and Canadian police have launched an investigation into the suspected murders
The couple were travelling in the upper region of British Columbia, a place notorious for ‘The Highway of Tears’ – a 450 mile stretch of road upon which 50 women have disappeared or been murdered since 1970.
A witness claims she stopped to speak with the couple by the side of their broken down blue minivan about 15 miles south of Liard Hot Springs on Sunday afternoon.
Their bodies were discovered at 7 am the following morning.
The couple are understood to have been shot and Canadian police have launched an investigation into the suspected murders
It is estimated that between 18 and 50 women have either gone missing or murdered on that 450 mile stretch of road since 1970
Police are asking anyone who traveled the stretch of highway between Sunday evening and Monday morning to make contact.
A blue minivan with Alberta number plates was found at the scene and police would like to speak with drivers who saw the vehicle or who may have dashcam footage.
It is not yet clear why the couple were attacked.
According to Australian media reports that Deese and Fowler ‘may have been the victims of a serial killer.
Fowler was working on a ranch in Canada before he began his travels with Deese.
She traveled up from her home state of North Carolina, and the pair had begun making their way further north together.
Police are asking anyone who traveled the stretch of Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning to make contact
Chynna Deese [photo], recently completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business at Appalachian State University
In a post shared to Facebook on Thursday, Deese’s older brother wrote: ’24 hours ago I found out why my little sister didn’t text me back. Chynna and Lucas’ lives were abruptly taken from a random act of violence while starting their road trip through Canada.’
He added: ‘The most chaotic day of my life, family spending hours on the phone with the US Embassy and investigators.’
Meanwhile, Deese’s sister, Kennedy, said her family are ‘heartbroken’ by the deaths.
‘It is with overwhelming sadness that I share my sister Chynna and her beloved boyfriend Lucas were recently found deceased, homicide victims along a remote stretch of highway in Canada while on a road trip,’ she wrote.
‘They were bright and beautiful souls. We are all still in shock and heartbroken.’
Lucas Fowler from Sydney, Australia, has been identified as the son of New South Wales Chief Inspector of police, Stephen Fowler. He has been working on a ranch in Canada
Deese was an intrepid traveler, who planned to do further exploring with her boyfriend. Her stated mission was ‘traveling the world and looking to meet new people and experience new places from a local’s point of view’
Deese recently completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business at Appalachian State University, according to her Couchsurfing page.
In the profile she wrote that her mission was ‘traveling the world and looking to meet new people and experience new places from a local’s point of view’.
Deese, who was learning Spanish and studied wine making in France, described herself as ‘easy going’ and ‘open minded with a positive attitude’.
She was reportedly working as a bartender in her hometown of Charlotte before she commenced her travels with her boyfriend.
The U.S. State Department says ‘it stands ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance’.
‘We are aware of reports of the death of an American citizen in British Columbia, Canada, [and] we offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,’ a spokesperson said.
‘We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death’.
The suspected double-murder has also shocked residents in Australia, where Fowler was born and raised.
In a heartbreaking statement shared Friday, the Fowler family confirmed they lost Lucas in ‘the most terrible circumstances’.
‘To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating,’ they said.
‘To know his beautiful girlfriend also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel.’
Fowler’s family are now travelling to Canada to ‘bring him home’.
Lucas Fowler [left] and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, were travelling when they were killed. Their bodies were found on a stretch of highway in Canada’s British Columbia o Friday
Deese and Fowler were travelling in a region that has seen numerous murders and disappearances in recent years, sparking speculation the pair may have been victims of a serial killer.
in 2018 alone, three women – Chantelle Catherine Simpson, 34, 18-year-old Jessica Patrick, 18, and 50-year-old Cynthia Martin were murdered or went missing while on ‘The Highway of Tears’ in upper British Columbia.