A North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend were shot to death before their bodies were discovered last week along a remote stretch of highway, Canadian authorities revealed Monday. The development came as authorities acknowledged for the first time there was a “possible” connection between the slayings, a body found near a burning truck, and the disappearance of two teenagers in the region.
FOX News (h/t Atomic S) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, were shot to death before their bodies were discovered on the side of the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs on July 15. The couple is believed to have been killed that day or the day prior.
The RCMP also released a composite sketch of a man (below) who was seen talking to the couple in the evening of July 14 along Highway 97, the road where the couple’s bodies would be discovered the next day. The man is described as having darker skin with dark hair, standing shorter than 6ft 3in Lucas, with a possible beard or glasses. He was also driving an older model Jeep Grand Cherokee with a black stripe on the hood.
Four days later and about 300 miles away along another remote highway in rural northern British Columbia, a burning pickup truck was discovered about 30 miles south of Dease Lake.
As authorities were investigating the burning truck on Friday, an unidentified body of a man was found a little over a mile from the vehicle. By Sunday, officials said two teenagers who were traveling through the region in the truck discovered burning were also reported missing.
In addition to updates on the murdered couple, the RCMP revealed new information on the investigation of the missing teenagers and body discovered near their burning vehicle. The RCMP said the body of a man was confirmed to not be 19-year-old Kam McLeod nor 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, both of Port Alberni, British Columbia.