American woman and her Australian boyfriend are ‘shot dead by a serial killer’ in Canada

A North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend who were shot dead on the side of the road while travelling in Canada could have been victims of a serial killer.   

The bodies of 24-year-old Chynna Deese, of Charlotte, and her partner Lucas Fowler were discovered on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday.  

Canadian police have now launched an investigation into the deaths.   

The couple were travelling along a 450 mile stretch of road known as ‘The Highway of Tears’ at the time they disappeared. 

Between 18 and 50 women have disappeared or have been murdered on the highway in the years since 1970, sparking fears among locals that the couple’s deaths could have been the work of a serial killer. 

A witness claims she stopped to speak with the couple by the side of their broken down blue minivan on Sunday. 

Their bodies were discovered around 7 am the following morning.  

The bodies of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were discovered on the side of the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday

The bodies of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were discovered on the side of the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday

The bodies of Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were discovered on the side of the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday

The couple are understood to have been shot and Canadian police have launched an investigation into the suspected murders

The couple are understood to have been shot and Canadian police have launched an investigation into the suspected murders

The couple are understood to have been shot and Canadian police have launched an investigation into the suspected murders

In a post shared to Facebook on Thursday, 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.’ 

‘It is hard to understand the concept of a serial killer,’ she wrote in an additional post on Friday. 

Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7.19am on Monday

Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7.19am on Monday

Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7.19am on Monday

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 winemaking in France, described herself as ‘easy going’ and ‘open minded with a positive attitude’.

Meanwhile, her former fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha at Appalachian State University said they were honoured to call her a ‘sister’. 

‘It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our sister, Chynna Deese, who recently passed,’ they wrote on Facebook.

‘She was such a kind and adventurous soul and we have been honored to call her our sister.

‘Our hearts are with Chynna’s family during this difficult time, and we are so thankful to everyone for the support and kindness we have already received.’      

Chynna Deese (second from the left) is pictured with her family

Chynna Deese (second from the left) is pictured with her family

Chynna Deese (second from the left) is pictured with her family

Mr Fowler, from Sydney’s Hills District, has been identified as the son of NSW Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler.  

In a heartbreaking statement on Friday evening, 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,’ the Fowler family said.

‘To know his beautiful girlfriend also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel.’ 

Mr Fowler’s family are now travelling to Canada to ‘bring him home’.  

Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7.19am on Monday. 

Police are asking anyone who travelled the stretch of highway between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning before 8am 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. 

FOWLER FAMILY STATEMENT 

To our dear family and friends,

We have lost our dear Lucas Fowler, son, brother, grandson and friend in the most terrible of circumstances.

To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating.

To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel. 

All our love and best wishes go to Chynna’s family and friends.

We are all now travelling to Canada to be with our boy and to bring him home.

Our deepest thanks for all your love and care. 

At this stage we can only move forward a minute at a time, and those minutes are moving so slowly. 

Please share this post with all those who may have crossed paths anywhere in the world with these beautiful young people.

 

Lucas Fowler and girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, were travelling when they were killed

Lucas Fowler and girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, were travelling when they were killed

Lucas Fowler and girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, were travelling when they were killed 

A woman wrote on Facebook that she saw the young couple with their broken down van on Sunday.  

‘We seen the blue van broke down on our journey home on Sunday and we stopped and asked if they needed help,’ she wrote on Facebook.

‘I can’t believe that this young couple are dead now.

‘This makes my heart so sad.’ 

She added her husband has been in contact with Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

In a statement, a NSW Police said they are providing support to the father of the victim.  

‘The NSW Police Force has been alerted to the death of a man and a woman in Canada,’ the statement said. 

In a heartbreaking statement on Friday evening, the Fowler family confirmed they lost Lucas in 'the most terrible circumstances'

In a heartbreaking statement on Friday evening, the Fowler family confirmed they lost Lucas in 'the most terrible circumstances'

In a heartbreaking statement on Friday evening, the Fowler family confirmed they lost Lucas in ‘the most terrible circumstances’

‘The man is the son of a serving senior officer and as such we are providing support to him and his family. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.’ 

The NSW Police Force have sent two detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad to liaise and provide appropriate support to family members.

‘The investigation into this incident is being led by the Canadian authorities and as such, they will be the appropriate source information as it comes to hand.’ 

Ms Deese’s sister Kennedy said the family are ‘heartbroken’. 

‘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 on Facebook.

‘No further information is available at this time, please do not ask.

‘They were bright and beautiful souls. We are all still in shock and heartbroken.’ 

The update has been flooded with comments of support, following the tragic circumstances. 

Ms Deese's sister Kennedy said the family are 'heartbroken' in a Facebook update

Ms Deese's sister Kennedy said the family are 'heartbroken' in a Facebook update

Ms Deese’s sister Kennedy said the family are ‘heartbroken’ in a Facebook update

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed they are providing consular assistance to the man’s family. 

‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to the family of an Australian man who died in Canada,’ a spokesperson said in a statement. 

‘Due to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.’   

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