Published: Wed, July 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Video Emerges From Couple's Final Days Before Brutal Murder

Video Emerges From Couple's Final Days Before Brutal Murder

It comes a week after Mr Fowler, 23, and Ms Deese, 24, who were on a road trip to Alaska, were found dead on the side of Highway 97, 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs in British Columbia.

Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24, from North Carolina, were stranded on the highway after their blue 1986 Chevrolet van broke down on the afternoon of 14 July.

Meanwhile, Canadian authorities have also released a sketch of a man they are looking for who is believed to have spoken to Lucas and Chynna shortly before they were found dead.

Fowler said the murders have devastated two families and nothing in his job as a police officer had prepared him for the news he received about his son's shooting death on the Alaska Highway, where the couple's bodies were found on July 15.

While investigating the vehicle, additional information led police to discover a body at a highway pullout about two kilometres away. He set out on an adventure with a mate and along that tour he met Chynna and they became an inseparable pair.

At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations.

"It's a love story that ended tragically", he said.

The federal police agency released a sketch showing a man wearing a cap and a beard who was seen speaking with Fowler the day before the tragedy.

Stephen Fowler, the distraught father of Lucas, also spoke at the press conference, echoing Sgt Shoihet's call for individuals with information about the crimes to come forward.

"Lucas was a fun-loving guy who had a goal to travel the world".

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New South Wales police chief inspector Stephen Fowler, the victim's father, speaks at a Royal Canadian Mounted Police news conference.

When Deese is finished, she and Fowler hug in front of the pumps before heading inside the gas station, where they remain for about 7 minutes.

Police said they were still working to identify the male body that was found, determine the cause of death and whether there was any connection with the two missing men.

The Dodge pickup truck that Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegesky were driving before they disappeared is pictured in this undated handout photo.

"Police acknowledge there are growing community concerns about the ongoing homicide investigations in northern BC", Canada's RCMP said in a statement. Several murderers are believed to have been responsible for the crimes along the notorious section of British Columbia's Highway 16 - which is approximately 1,000km away from the current investigations.

RCMP are trying to locate 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky from Port Alberni in a Dease Lake investigation.

"We're hopeful they're alive", Sgt Shoihet said.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said that Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are considered armed and unsafe and should not be approached.

Police described the person in the sketch as a white man with dark skin and hair with a possible beard or glasses who is shorter than Fowler's 6-foot-3 frame.

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