Man's sketch released in Alaska Highway murder investigation

Posted July 24, 2019

'It is unusual to have two major investigations undergoing of this nature in northern BC at the same time, and so we recognise that there is a possibility that these could be linked, ' admitted police spokeswoman Corporal Janelle Shoihet.

New photos also show the damage to the rear window of the couple's van which News Corp can reveal broke down at another location on the remote Alaska Highway before reaching the spot where they were seen arguing with a "bearded man" and later found shot.

The RCMP has released surveillance video on its website of Fowler and Deese at a gas station in Fort Nelson on July 13, when they arrived at 7:30 p.m. and left 13 minutes later.

Fowler's father, Stephen, spoke to media today and said he was hopeful for a positive end to the investigation, and urged the public to contact police with any information they may have.

"It's a love story that ended tragically", he said. "It is unclear at this time how this deceased male might be connected with [the] vehicle fire or the two missing men", the force said in statement.

Stephen Fowler, the victim's father, told reporters "nothing prepares me, nothing prepares my family, for what we're going through now".

"Our hearts and thoughts go out to all the families involved and friends internationally and here nationally as well because Lucas was living here", she said.

A blue 1986 Chevrolet van at the site of a double homicide where Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23 of Australia were found dead near Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. "We'd been talking about it and discussing his trip, and he communicated with us as they were leaving", his dad said.

Police released the sketch of the man this afternoon (July 22), and again pleaded for information to help their investigation. The teenagers, both from Port Aberni, B.C., were reportedly travelling through Whitehorse looking for work.

Police said this was the burned vehicle found Friday, two kilometres away from the body.

He said his son was a fun-loving guy who saved up all his money to travel the world.

The couple had met at a hostel in Croatia in 2017 and had travelled together across the U.S. and overseas to Mexico, Peru and elsewhere.

She texted a final update to her mom that morning, letting her know they were packing up the camper van and hitting the road. "What happened after that, time will tell".

The 450-mile road has been dubbed the "Highway of Tears" with up to 50 women vanishing or being murdered there since 1970.

Fowler's family traveled to Canada over the weekend to bring their son home.

The RCMP have also confirmed the two victims were where killed through gun violence and that Lucas Fowler owned the blue van found along the Alaska Highway.