Canadian authorities are trying to solve what has become an international crime story – the brutal murder of an American woman and an Australian man.
The young couple, who was on a tour of British Columbia, was shot down on the US federal side of a remote highway on Monday.
Mourning family members said they received little information from Canadian authorities – but they were led to believe that the deaths were "brutal."
"What worries us is that person is still at large and has a head start," said the brother of the victim Chynna Noelle Deese to Charlotte Observer.
The 24-year-old Deese came from Charlotte and her two-year-old friend Lucas Robertson Fowler, the son of a police inspector in the South Australian state of New South Wales.
"They were deeply in love," said the woman's brother, British Deese, to The Observer.
"They met traveling and that's exactly what they do." did ̵
"He worked in Canada and they planned a long road trip for three weeks. They would spend a week for [a cattle ranch] and the second half of the trip for national parks in Canada. "
The two were only a few days on the road when they were found – and it took three days until the authorities found them to identify the bodies, suggesting that their IDs were taken. They met in 2017 in a hostel in Croatia and have since traveled extensively in Europe, Central America and Asia.
The brother also said the Canadian authorities had told the family that an open casket was out of the question – which led the family members to conclude that the murders were "brutal."
"Those were bright souls," another Deese brother, Kennedy Deese, published on Facebook earlier this week. "We are all still in shock and heartbroken."
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has opened an investigation and asked anyone with information about the double murder to contact them.