The murder of an American woman and her partner may have to do with the disappearance of two missing teenagers and the discovery of the body of a nearby man in British Columbia.
North Carolina wife Chynna Deese (24) and her Australian friend Lucas Fowler (23) were found dead after being shot dead on July 15 on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia.
The couple's murder raised more questions when four days later the police discovered a body of an unknown man near Dease Lake, about 290 miles from where Deese and her boyfriend were found.
North Carolina wife Chynna Deese and her Australian friend Lucas Fowler (pictured together) were found dead on July 15 on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia. Police officers say their death may be related to the disappearances of two teenagers and a missing man
Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were last seen on their way south from the Super A store in Dease Lake on July 18. Their burnt-out vehicle was found the next day, about a mile from where a man's body was found at a highway exit point
Royal Canadian Mounted Police found the man's body last Friday after finding a burnt-out pickup from Canadian teenagers Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18), who were reported missing on Monday.
The police said it was unclear whether the man's death was related to the fire in the vehicle, while according to the McLeod and Schmegelsky Vancouver Sun..
RCMP published a composite sketch of a person interested in the murder of the couple, who were on the road for ten days to visit national parks in Canada.
A witness saw the man talk to the couple on the Alaska Highway, also known as Highway 97, on the evening of July 14.
The man is described as white with dark skin and dark hair wearing a cap, and possibly with a beard.
Witnesses told the Australian media that they met the couple who had a & # 39; heated exchange & # 39; had a bearded man on the side of the remote highway the night before their bodies were discovered.
Sergeant Janelle Shoihet of the RCMP said the police are open to the possibility that the crimes are related.
On a press conference Monday he said: & # 39; Our researchers are talking to each other, sharing information and certainly looking at the possibility that they are linked to each other.
& # 39; It is understandable that it is unusual to have undergone two major investigations of this nature in North B.C. at the same time. & # 39;
RCMP published a composite sketch of the man whose body was found about a mile south of a burnt-out truck of missing teenagers, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky
The Canadian police also issued an image of a stakeholder (above) in the murder of the Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler couple. They believe that their death and the nearby disappearances of two teenagers, in addition to the discovery of a man's body, may be connected
RCMP also released CCTV recordings of the couple on Monday, where the two are seen at a gas station hugging each other while waiting for their blue Chevrolet van from 1986.
Two days before they were found dead at about 7.30 p.m., the young travelers filled their blue van at a gas station in Fort Nelson and were filmed on CCTV.
The video shows how Deese cleans the windows of the van while Fowler has filled the tank. Deese put down the window cleaner and sat by the pumps before her boyfriend tickled her belly and put his arms around her.
The couple then went inside to pay, got back in their van and continued their journey of a lifetime.
But at some point between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, the couple were brutally murdered on the side of the road.
The police believe that Deese and her friend were killed somewhere between 4 p.m. on July 14 and 7 p.m. on July 15. It took three days for their bodies to be identified
Video footage shows that Mrs. Deese is cleaning the windows of the van while Mr. Fowler is filling the tank on July 13
On July 13 at about 7.30 p.m. the couple filled their blue van at a gas station and were seen embracing on CCTV images
Road worker Alandra Hull told Nine news that she saw Fowler and Deese on the highway the night before they were found dead talking to a bearded man who seemed a bit frustrated or something like that.
The man, who got out of a gray car, stood in the middle of the highway while Fowler and Deese were standing next to their van, Hull told the exhaust.
& # 39; If you just get a bad feeling, and that's what I had, you just don't quit, & # 39; said Hull.
She then issued a statement to the police and will work with a sketch artist to identify the man.
Lucas Fowler's father, Stephen, a senior police officer in New South Wales in Australia, has called on everyone with information to come forward to resolve the matter.
He said: & # 39; It is a love story that has ended tragically. It's the worst love story ever, because we have now tragically killed two young people who had everything for them, "Fowler told a press conference in Surrey, British Columbia.
& # 39; I may be an experienced police officer, but I am here as the father of the murder victim. & # 39; We are just distraught, & # 39; he added.
Witnesses told the Australian media that they met the couple who had a & # 39; heated exchange & # 39; had a bearded man on the side of a remote highway the night before their bodies were discovered
This Chevrolet minibus was found on the spot (photo). The pair was only two days on their ten-day journey when they were killed after their van reportedly broke
The couple traveled on a road trip to visit national parks in Canada when they were found shot from the Alaska Highway (photo), about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs
Meanwhile, Curtis and Sandra Broughton said they had spoken to the couple and helped them repair their vehicle, which broke for hours before their bodies were discovered.
Curtis Broughton told Worldwide news: & # 39; A van was broken on the side of the road and we stopped to see if they needed help.
He claimed that the pair & # 39; happy and smiling & # 39; seemed on the road despite their setbacks.
He added: & # 39; They seemed to be in control of the species. They were mechanical problems with the van.
& # 39; They had a picnic waiting for the van to flop, I think, and try restarting. & # 39;
The Broughtons said they offered Fowler and Deese food and water before they drove away, convinced that the couple knew what they were doing.
This is the red and gray Dodge & # 39; pick-up & # 39; in which Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were traveling when they disappeared
The disappearance of the two men comes a week after Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, from North Carolina, were shot on the remote Alaska Highway of the county
& # 39; I am a mechanic and they explained the problem perfectly. I was impressed, so I was convinced that they would be on their way. & # 39;
The RCMP is of the opinion that the couple were killed somewhere between 4 p.m. on July 14 and 7 p.m. on July 15. It took three days for their bodies to be identified.
Five days after the pair was found dead, the police found a body near a burning pickup about 292 miles away.
The police also gave a composite sketch of the man who was found dead near Dease Lake in the hope of identifying him. He had a beard, a heavy build and was between 50 and 60 years old.
Shortly thereafter, the police found the burnt-out pickup of Canadian teenagers Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18) who were reported missing on Monday.
Schmegelsky sent an SMS to his father on July 12 and told him that he was traveling to Alberta with McLeod and that they would not have a mobile signal in the area.
His father told Al Chek News that he has not seen or heard the teenagers since.
He said: & # 39; I say as a father, those two boys are still there, go find them. & # 39; They are good boys, they are really good boys, they have been friends since primary school.
Lucas Fowler's father, Stephen (photo), a senior NSW police officer, addressed the media during a press conference in Canada on Monday
Al Schmegelsky, (photo), the father of the missing teenager Bryer Schmegelsky, said his son sent him a text on July 12 and has not heard from him since
The teenagers were last seen in the store at Dease Lake in northern BC. last Thursday.
Their burnt-out vehicle, a truck with a camper, was found 30 miles away the next day, and about a mile south of where a man's body was found at a highway exit.
On Monday, Mrs. Deese's family said that they will never get & # 39; full closure & # 39; after the death of the couple who met in Croatia in 2017.
Speak against Good morning America that Chynna & # 39; s brother British said: & # 39; It is not true and it is worrying and we will never get complete closure on this and it will hurt the rest of our lives. & # 39;
Chynna & # 39; s mother Sheila Deese said their story is like a love story you would read about.
& # 39; This southern girl meets this amazing Australian man. They were just so in love and they both loved traveling.
& # 39; As a mother this is so difficult because she belonged to me. Kind of my mini me.
RCMP claimed that they are aware that the Texan suspect of murder, Derek Whisenand, (photo) would have crossed the border just a few weeks before an Australian tourist and his girlfriend were killed
Derek Whisenand, 27, fled from Texas to Canada after he killed a 78-year-old man on June 26. The police have made no connection between his arrival, the death of Deese and Fowler
& # 39; The most difficult thing for me is to see how my other children hurt and suffer and their memories. They say that you are only as happy as your saddest child, I miss one child and I have three very sad children. & # 39;
Deese, from Charlotte, North Carolina, met Fowler in 2017 and spent the next two years visiting Central and South America, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
She recently completed a bachelor & # 39; s degree in psychology and business administration at Appalachian State University, according to her Couchsurfing page.
In the profile she wrote that her mission was & # 39; travel the world and meet new people and experience new places from a local perspective & # 39 ;.
Deese, who learned Spanish and studied viticulture in France, described himself as & # 39; easy going & # 39; and & # 39; broad-minded with a positive attitude & # 39 ;.
RCMP claimed that they are aware that a Texan murder suspect probably crossed the border just weeks before an Australian tourist and his girlfriend were killed.
Just two weeks before Deese and her boyfriend were found dead, Derek Whisenand, 27, fled Texas after beating a 78-year-old man on June 26.
RCMP Sergeant Janelle Shoihet told that of Australia 7 News that she had been notified of a possible link to Whisenand from & # 39; multiple sources & # 39;
However, they have not made a connection between the arrival of Whisenand in Canada and the death of Fowler and Deese or the disappearances of two teenagers.
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