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Canadian police investigate after an American woman and her Australian friend were found dead on a British Columbia highway this week.

24-year-old Chynna Noelle Deese and 23-year-old Lucas Robertson Fowler were on their way to Canada when the police believed they had been murdered. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their bodies were found near Liard Hot Spring on Monday morning.

Deese is from North Carolina, reports The Charlotte Observer.

The police believe the two were traveling in 1986 in a Chevrolet van found near their bodies on the Alaska Highway 97.

The police said they are still looking for clues that could lead them to a suspect.

Deese's father, Dwayne Deese, told the observer that the family did not receive much information about the crimes, but he believed the attack had been violent because the police took three days to identify the bodies. He said that this also led him to believe that all forms of identification had been accepted, the newspaper reported.

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"This investigation is still in its infancy and it is not yet clear if Lucas and Chynna were targeted or was this a crime of opportunity," Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a press release. "There is currently no evidence that her death is linked to other active and ongoing investigations in the region or that there is an increased risk to public safety."

Deese met Fowler 2017 in a hostel in London Croatia, the observer.

Fowler was from New South Wales, Australia. According to police, his family will travel to Canada. Although his father is an active member of the New South Wales Police Force and travels with other officials, they will not be involved in the investigation, the police said.

In a statement on the New South Wales Police website, Fowler's family said, "We have lost our dear Lucas Fowler, son, brother, grandson, and friend in the worst circumstances, it is devastating to lose someone so young and is alive, traveled around the world and simply enjoys life to the fullest. " 19659015] Mark Jones, Deputy Police Commissioner of New South Wales, speaks at a press conference in front of the Sutherland Police Station in Sydney, Australia on July 20, 2019. "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" "data-mycapture" sm-src = "" />

Mark Jones, Deputy Police Commissioner of New South Wales, speaks at a press conference in front of the Sutherland Police Station in Sydney, Australia Sydney, Australia, July 20, 2019. (Photo: JEREMY PIPER, EPA-EFE)