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Canadian police investigating double homicide of young couple found dead on Alaska Highway

  • Author: Madeline McGee
  • Updated: July 20, 2019
  • Published July 20, 2019

Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Lucas Robertson Fowler, were found dead on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on July 15, 2019. Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators said they believe the two were killed. (Photo courtesy RCMP)

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Police in Canada say a young couple found dead on the Alaska Highway this week were killed.

The bodies of Chynna Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, were found Monday morning about 14 miles south of Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia, a popular tourist spot for travelers driving along the Alaska Highway, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Fowler was from Australia, and Deese, his girlfriend, was from Charlotte, North Carolina, according to a statement from the Fowler family that was released by Australian police.

Police would not release information about where exactly the two were found or the manner in which they were killed. A blue 1986 Chevrolet van with Alberta license plates was also found at the scene, police said.

A 1986 Chevrolet van was on the Alaska Highway where Chynna Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, were found dead on July 15, 2019. (Photo courtesy Royal Canadian Mounted Police.)

The two were believed to have been sightseeing throughout British Columbia when they were killed, said Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, a police spokeswoman. It’s not clear whether or not they were specifically targeted.

“At this point we have nothing to suggest that there is a heightened risk to the safety of anyone traveling or planning to travel in that area,” Shoihet said in an email Saturday.

Investigators are asking anyone who was traveling in the area of Liard Hot Springs between 4 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday to call police at 250-774-2700.

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