Couple killed in Alaska Highway double homicide identified

Victims in death south of Liard Hot Springs identified

Northern Rockies RCMP confirmed it was investigating the double homicide, and identified the victims as 24-year-old Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States and 23-year-old Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia.

Police, including investigators from the Lower Mainland, are still on scene and are trying to determine a timeline of events, as well as "all the details related to the van", including whether it was being driven by the couple, she said.

Police confirmed that Deese and Fowler, whose bodies were found along the Alaska Highway in a remote part of British Columbia, were both murdered.

The injuries inflicted were so "brutal" Ms Deese's heartbroken brother, British Deese, said the family was told a casket would not be allowed at her funeral.

Police in Australia have identified one of the victims as Lucas Fowler, the son of a senior Australian police officer.

The statement continues: "To know his lovely girlfriend, Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel".

The couple that was so full of life - and with an insatiable desire to travel the world - had been shot dead.

The RCMP released photos of Fowler and Deese on Friday, and issued a request for witnesses and video from motorists who may have had dashboard cameras.

An Australian man and his girlfriend have been found dead in suspicious circumstances in Canada.

She said her husband had driven past 20 minutes earlier and slowed down to approach them but they "didn't really indicate that they were having problems".

There are several Australian media outlets reporting Fowler is the son of the chief inspector of the South Wales Police Department.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are calling it a double homicide.

Lucas Fowler's family posted on Facebook their beloved son had died in the "most awful of circumstances" and they would travel to Canada to bring him home.

He is accompanied by a number of police officers from Australia. "I am forever indebted to her for being such an incredible life companion and giving me SO many reasons to smile".

British Deese said his sister "is so deeply woven as a piece of my childhood and everyday life".

Deese's sister Kennedy Deese also posted a tribute on Facebook, saying the couple were "bright and attractive souls".

In a news release, BC RCMP stated they believe the crime occurred between Sunday and Monday.

Sgt. Shoihet said there are no indications that the case is linked to any present or past police investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP at 250-774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Hours later they would be dead, their bodies lying near their conked out blue 1986 van.

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