Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
On July 15, the bodies of 24-year-old Chynna Deese and 23-year-old Lucas Fowler were found on a highway near Liard Hot Springs, a popular tourist destination in the UK Columbia, Canada. According to CBC, the Australian Deese from Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Australian Fowler were shot on 14 or 15 July. The couple had traveled on a road trip in their blue through the area Chevrolet van.
A street worker named Alandra Hull told 9News Australia that she had seen Deese and Fowler talking to a bearded man on July 14 who was "somehow frustrated or so." The police now suspect that two teenagers had been reported missing were involved in the killings of Deese and Fowler.
As reported by NBC News, on July 19, a pickup truck and a motorhome were found in flames, about 30 miles south of Dease Lake, 500 miles from Deese and Fowlers bodies were discovered. The vehicle was driven by two Canadian teenagers, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky. The two were on the lookout for work in the Yukon. McLeod and Schmegelsky were initially reported missing, but now the police believe they killed Deese and Fowler and may have been involved in a third death. The body of an unidentified person had been found about one kilometer away from the vehicle of the person
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"Kam and Bryer are no longer considered missing", Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Janelle Shoihet told NBC News. "The RCMP now consider Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in Dease Lake as a suspected death and the double murder of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese." and to avoid contact.
Deese's brother, Briton, told WCNC that his sister Fowler had met at a hostel in Croatia. She had traveled to Canada to visit him while working on a cattle farm, and the two had planned a trip over land. "It was nothing new and they were very good at travel and safety and all that checked," he said.
Police released video footage of the couple hugging at a gas station on July 13.
Deese's mother Sheila told WSOC that her daughter was a seasoned traveler and that she was me had found her match in Fowler. "It's a love story, a southern girl leaves the country, meets this Australian and they were exactly the same personality," she said. "It was like two butterflies that found each other and would be forever."