Published: Mon, July 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Vehicle used by Canadian murder suspects found

Vehicle used by Canadian murder suspects found

Last Monday, in the north of British Columbia, on a highway, the bodies of 24-year-old U.S. tourist Chynna Deese and her 23-year-old Australian friend Lucas Fowler were found.

"If you spot Bryer or Kam, consider them unsafe, do not approach, take no action, and call immediately: 911", Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said at a Tuesday news conference.

The suspects are also wanted in connection with the death of an unidentified man, in his 50s or 60s, found about two kilometres from their burning pick-up truck on Highway 37 last Friday, according to the RCMP.

Lucas Fowler, 23, and Deese, 24, from North Carolina, were found shot to death at the side of Highway 97 in northern B.C. on the morning of July 15.

On Tuesday, the RCMP said they had reasons to believe Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, had been spotted in the rural community in that province's north.

"Given these latest developments, Cameron and Bryer are no longer considered missing", Sgt Shoihet said. We are asking for Kam or Bryer to connect with police right away and let us know you are okay.

"I may be an experienced police officer but today I am standing here as the father of a murder victim", he told media at an RCMP news conference.

Chynna Deese, 24, and Lucas Fowler, 23, were passionate travellers.

"Do not approach, do not take action and call 911 immediately".

The pair, wanted in connection with the deaths of a couple in British Colombia, were also wanted for questioning over the death of a third person.

Sgt Shoihet said: "Our investigators are sharing information with investigators in Manitoba but confirms our belief that they were continuing to travel and the renewed importance of not focusing on one particular area but instead our efforts to locate them". They were last seen in a grey 2011 Toyota Rav 4.

Chynna Deese is a 2017 graduate of Appalachian State University and lived in Charlotte, her family said.

"It's the worst ever love story".

"We share the concerns that are being raised given the tragic and unusual nature of these two investigations that we have underway", Shoihet said.

"They're good boys", Schmegelsky told the CBC, when the pair was initially regarded as simply missing, before they were named suspects and considered at large.

Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler were traveling in a 1986 blue Chevrolet van with Alberta license plates that Fowler had fixed up for the planned through trip Canada before they were killed near Liard Hot Springs, a popular tourist destination.

The news comes amid the release of surveillance video that captured Deese and Fowler's final happy moments.

Mr Broughton said the pair was having a picnic and he assumed they were waiting for the van to unflood, before trying to restart it.

Lucas's father, NSW Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler, appealed to the public to help police adding no tip is too small at a press conference held in British Columbia.

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