The families of the son of an Australian police officer and his American girlfriend who were shot while tripping through Canada revealed the moment when they learned that the couple had been killed.
Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, 24, drove to a cattle farm in British Columbia, in the west of the country, when their car reportedly broke on the Alaska Highway side.
Their bodies were found on the side of the road on Monday and the local police think they were shot by a serial killer after a wave of deaths in the same area in recent years.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Deese's brother told how he knew something was wrong when his sister did not reply to his texts.
He said the day he discovered she was murdered & # 39; the most chaotic day of my life & # 39; used to be.
Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese (center) are depicted with the mother of Mrs. Deese (right) and brother (left). The couple were on their way through Canada when their bodies were found on Monday
Deese's British brother said he was the & # 39; most chaotic day & # 39; of his life in the aftermath of the tragedy
The couple is supposed to have been shot and the Canadian police have investigated the suspected murders
The dedicated brother spent hours on the phone with the US embassy and investigators in the wake of the tragedy, he said in the Facebook post.
& # 39; 24 hours ago I discovered why my little sister didn't send me back & # 39 ;, he wrote on Friday.
& # 39; Chynna and Lucas & # 39; Lives were abruptly derived from a random act of violence during their journey through Canada. & # 39;
Fowler, from the Hills District of Sydney, has been identified as the son of NSW Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler.
The family is now traveling to Canada to bring Mr. Fowler home.
His girlfriend from North Carolina was recently graduated from Appalachian State University, who had completed a bachelor's degree in psychology and business.
Her brother, who uses the Facebook name British Dwayne, explained that his sister was traveling to Canada to visit Mr. Fowler for & # 39; marking the cows & # 39; at a ranch where he worked.
They then had to travel the upper half of the world.
& # 39; She is woven so deeply as a piece of my childhood and everyday life, & # 39; he continued.
& # 39; I always owe her that she is such a great companion and gives me so many reasons to smile.
& # 39; Life throws curveballs and you have everyone easier to handle. This is a curveball that I did not expect. Losing you is going to hurt so much. & # 39;
Deese's British brother (on the left in both photos & # 39; s with sister) remembers the moment when he was told that the couple had reached a violent end. & # 39; Chynna and Lucas & # 39; Lives were abruptly derived from a random act of violence during their trip through Canada, "he wrote on Facebook
Lucas Fowler (left) and girlfriend Chynna Deese (right) from Charlotte, North Carolina, traveled when they were killed. Mrs. Deese was visiting her friend at a cable farm before they would reach the upper half of the world
The couple drove along a 720-kilometer stretch of road known as & # 39; The Highway of Tears & # 39; the moment they disappeared.
Between 18 and 50 women have disappeared or been killed on the highway in the 1970s, fearing among the locals that the death of the couple could have been the work of a serial killer, The Daily Telegraph reported.
A woman wrote on Facebook that she saw the young couple on Sunday with their broken bus.
& # 39; We saw the blue van break down on the way home on Sunday and we stopped and asked if they needed help & she said on Facebook.
& # 39; I can't believe this young couple is dead now.
& # 39; This makes my heart so sad. & # 39;
In a gripping statement on Friday night, the Fowler family confirmed that they had lost Lucas in & # 39; the most awful circumstances & # 39 ;.
They are now en route to Canada to be with our boy & bring him home & # 39 ;.
& # 39; To lose someone so young and alive, who was traveling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating, & # 39; said the Fowler family.
Deese's brother said: "Losing (Chynna Deese) is going to hurt so much"
Fowler, from the Hills District of Sydney, has been identified as the son of NSW Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler
& # 39; To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese from Charlotte, North Carolina, also lost her life during this violent event, is too cruel. & # 39;
Deese Kennedy, Deese's sister, said the family & # 39; heartbroken & # 39; is.
& # 39; It is with overwhelming sadness that I died my sister, Chynna and her beloved friend, who is a partner of Lucas, who died recently, victims of murder on a remote stretch of highway in Canada during a road trip, & # 39; she wrote on Facebook.
& # 39; No further information is available at this time, please do not ask.
& # 39; They were clear and beautiful souls. We are all still in shock and saddened. & # 39;
In a heartbreaking statement on Friday night, the Fowler family confirmed that they had lost Lucas (rightly with Mrs. Deese) in & # 39; the most terrible circumstances & # 39 ;. They are now en route to Canada to be with our boy and bring him home & # 39;
The former student association of Zetese, Zeta Tau Alpha of Appalachian State University, said it was an honor for her to be a & # 39; sister & # 39; to name.
& # 39; It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our sister, Chynna Deese, who recently succeeded & # 39 ;, they wrote on Facebook.
& # 39; She was such a friendly and adventurous soul and we had the honor of calling her our sister.
& # 39; Our hearts are with Chynna & # 39; s family in this difficult time and we are so thankful to everyone for the support and kindness we have already received. & # 39;
On Mrs. Deese's couchsurfing page, the 24-year-old wrote her & current mission & # 39 ;: & # 39; travel the world and look for new people and new places from the point of view of a local visitor & # 39 ;
Mrs Deese, who learned Spanish and studied viticulture in France, described herself as & # 39; easy going & # 39; and & # 39; open minded with a positive attitude & # 39 ;.
FAMILY STATEMENT OF FOWLER
To our dear family and friends,
We have lost our beloved Lucas Fowler, son, brother, grandson and friend in the most terrible circumstances.
Losing someone so young and alive, traveling around the world and enjoying life to the full, is devastating.
To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese from Charlotte, North Carolina also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel.
All our love and best wishes go to Chynna & # 39; s family and friends.
We are all now traveling to Canada to be with our boy and bring him home.
Our deepest thanks for all your love and care.
At this stage we can only go forward one minute, and those minutes go so slowly.
Please share this post with all those who may have crossed the globe with these beautiful young people.
& # 39; To lose someone so young and alive, who was traveling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating & # 39 ;, the Fowler family said about their son (photo) in a statement
Mrs. Deese (pictured on the right with brothers and sisters) recently graduated from Appalachian State University, who completed a bachelor's degree in psychology and business administration
Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometers south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7:19 am on Monday.
The police asks everyone who has traveled off the highway between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning before 8 am to make contact.
A blue minivan with Alberta license plates was found on the spot and the police wanted to talk to drivers who saw the vehicle or who might have dashcam images.
It is not yet clear why the pair was attacked.
Chynna Deese (second from left) is pictured with her family
Mrs. Deese & # 39; s sister Kennedy said the family & # 39; heartbreaking & # 39; is in a Facebook update
She added that her husband had contact with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In a statement, an NSW police said they support the father of the victim.
& # 39; The NSW police have been warned of the death of a man and a woman in Canada & # 39 ;, the statement said.
& # 39; The man is the son of a senior officer on duty and as such we support him and his family. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult time. & # 39;
The NSW police have sent two detectives from the State Crime Assassination Center to maintain contact and provide appropriate support to family members.
& # 39; The investigation of this incident is being led by the Canadian authorities and as such they will be the correct source information as soon as it becomes available. & # 39;
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that they provide consular assistance to the husband's family.
& # 39; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to the family of an Australian man who died in Canada & # 39 ;, a spokesperson said in a statement.
& # 39; Due to our privacy obligations, we will not make further comments. & # 39;
On Deese's couchsurfing page, the 24-year-old wrote her & # 39; current mission & # 39 ;: & # 39; travel the world and look for new people and new locations from the point of view of a local visitor & # 39 ;
Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometers south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7:19 am on Monday
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