Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, of Australia, were found Monday morning alongside Highway 97, near their blue 1986 Chevrolet van.
“Early in the investigation, the deaths were deemed suspicious, and investigators from the North District and BC RCMP Major Crime Units were called to assist the investigation,”
– Sgt. Janelle ShoihetRoyal Canadian Mounted Police
Fowler and Deese were identified Thursday, three days after their bodies were found. It’s still unclear whether the couple were targeted by someone or if they were victims of a random act of violence.
Canadian police held a press conference Friday specifically asking for the public’s help.The press conference was unfortunately marred by the use of a cat filter as police offered details of the case.
Shoihet added that police were particularly interested in anyone who was driving along Alaska Highway 97 with a dashcam. Sheila Deese, Chynna’s mother, told WSOC-TV that the couple planned to drive between national parks in Canada, then finish their trip in Alaska.
“She was happy. She was so happy and that gives me comfort.”
– Sheila Deese
Fowler’s family released a statement through Australia’s New South Wales Police Force, where his father is an officer. A NSW police official told the Sydney Morning Herald the couple had been shot.
“To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was traveling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating,To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel.”FOWLER’S FAMILY STATEMENT SAID.
The couple met at a hostel in Croatia in 2017 and since then had traveled the world together. Fowler had recently been working on a cattle ranch in British Columbia, and Chynna Deese planned to spend several weeks with him exploring his new home.
“They were deeply in love, They met traveling and that’s just what they did — travel.”
– British Deese
“At this point, we have nothing to indicate that their deaths are linked to any other active and ongoing investigations in the area, or if there is a heightened risk to public safety.”
– SGT. JANELLE SHOIHETRoyal Canadian Mounted Police