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Duo's family seek answers

The grieving family of an Australian man found murdered in northern B.C., along with his girlfriend, arrived in Vancouver Saturday.

"He's a loss to so many people," said Stephen Fowler, father of the slain man. "And his girlfriend also. It’s just devastating and our heart goes out to the whole of her family. You know, we’re just crushed."

Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, were killed on a remote stretch of the Alaska Highway about 20 km south of Liard Hot Springs, CTV News reports.

Witnesses who spoke with the couple Sunday said their camper van had broken down but they declined help. The couple told people they thought the engine had flooded and they’d be able to wait a while and then start the van and carry on. Monday morning they were found dead.

“It still doesn’t seem real,” said Chynna’s mother Sheila Deese. “Chynna travelled so much for the last year and a half. But she always came home so I’m still hoping.”

Slain couple identified

A pair of Australian homicide investigators touched down in Vancouver on Friday.

“We’ll just be providing assistance to the police here and to the families here,” said Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, of the New South Wales Police homicide squad.

For those grieving families, answers can’t come soon enough.

“I don’t know who would do something like this … or what,” said British Deese. “As far as I know he’s still on the loose.”

RCMP remain tight-lipped about the investigation but say nothing indicates the murders are linked to other crimes. They don’t believe there are heightened risks to public safety.

— Wirth files from CTV Vancouver



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