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Australia'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer

22:01  19 july  2019
22:01  19 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer
'It was the most chaotic day of my life': Shattered families of Australian cop's son and his girlfriend murdered on a round-the-world trip in Canada reveal the moment they realised the couple was shot by a serial killer

The families of an Australian cop's son and his American girlfriend who were shot dead while road-tripping through Canada have revealed the moment they learned the couple had been murdered.

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Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, 24, were driving to a cattle ranch in British Columbia, in the country's west, when their car reportedly broke down on the side of the Alaska Highway.

Their bodies were on Monday found on the side of the road and local police believe they were shot by a serial killer after a spate of deaths in the same area in recent years.

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In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Ms Deese's brother has told how he knew something was wrong when his sister did not answer his texts.

He said the day he found out she was murdered was 'the most chaotic day of my life'.

The devoted brother spent hours on the phone with the US Embassy and investigators in the wake of the tragedy, he said in the Facebook post.

'24 hrs ago I found out why my little sis didn't text me back,' he wrote on Friday.

'Chynna and Lucas' lives were abruptly taken from a random act of violence while starting their road trip through Canada.'

Mr Fowler, from Sydney's Hills District, has been identified as the son of NSW Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler.

The family are now travelling to Canada to bring Mr Fowler home.

His North Carolina girlfriend was a recent graduate from Appalachian State University who completed a bachelor's degree in psychology and business.

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Her brother - who uses the Facebook name British Dwayne - explained his sister travelled to Canada to visit Mr Fowler for the 'branding of the cows' at a ranch he worked in.

They were then due to travel the top half of the globe.

'She's is so deeply woven as a piece of my childhood and everyday life,' he continued.

'I am forever indebted to her for being such an amazing life companion and giving me so many reasons to smile.

'Life throws curveballs and you made every one easier to handle. This is a curveball I did not expect. Losing you is going to hurt so much.' couple were travelling along a 720-kilometre stretch of road known as 'The Highway of Tears' at the time they disappeared.

Between 18 and 50 women have disappeared or have been murdered on the highway in the years since 1970, sparking fears among locals that the couple's deaths could have been the work of a serial killer, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A woman wrote on Facebook that she saw the young couple with their broken down van on Sunday.

'We seen the blue van broke down on our journey home on Sunday and we stopped and asked if they needed help,' she wrote on Facebook.

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'I can't believe that this young couple are dead now.

'This makes my heart so sad.'

In a moving statement on Friday evening, the Fowler family confirmed they lost Lucas in 'the most terrible circumstances'.

They are now in the process of travelling to Canada 'to be with our boy and to bring him home'.

'To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating,' the Fowler family said.

'To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel.'

Ms Deese's sister Kennedy said the family are 'heartbroken'.

'It is with overwhelming sadness that I share my sister Chynna and her beloved boyfriend Lucas were recently found deceased, homicide victims along a remote stretch of highway in Canada while on a road trip,' she wrote on Facebook.

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'No further information is available at this time, please do not ask.

'They were bright and beautiful souls. We are all still in shock and heartbroken.'

Ms Deese's former sorority Zeta Tau Alpha at Appalachian State University said they were honoured to call her a 'sister'.

'It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our sister, Chynna Deese, who recently passed,' they wrote on Facebook.

'She was such a kind and adventurous soul and we have been honored to call her our sister.

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Mystery man could hold key to solving Canada murder mystery Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American partner Chynna Deese were found dead near the Alaska Highway last Monday, about 20 kilometres south of the Liard Hot Springs. Local police said the pair had been shot. Road worker Alandra Hull told 9News she saw Mr Fowler and Ms Deese on the highway the night before they were found dead, talking with a man who "kind of looked frustrated or something". © Supplied Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were found dead on an isolated highway in Canada's north. She said the man was standing in the middle of the highway, while Mr Fowler and Ms Deese stood beside their van.

'Our hearts are with Chynna's family during this difficult time, and we are so thankful to everyone for the support and kindness we have already received.'

On Ms Deese's couchsurfing page, the 24-year-old wrote her 'current mission' is 'traveling the world and looking to meet new people and experience new places from a local's point of view'.

Ms Deese, who was learning Spanish and studied winemaking in France, described herself as 'easy going' and 'open minded with a positive attitude'.

FOWLER FAMILY STATEMENT

To our dear family and friends,

We have lost our dear Lucas Fowler, son, brother, grandson and friend in the most terrible of circumstances.

To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling 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.

All our love and best wishes go to Chynna's family and friends.

We are all now travelling to Canada to be with our boy and to bring him home.

Our deepest thanks for all your love and care.

At this stage we can only move forward a minute at a time, and those minutes are moving so slowly.

Please share this post with all those who may have crossed paths anywhere in the world with these beautiful young people.

Northern Rockies officers were called to the highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs, at 7.19am on Monday.

Police are asking anyone who travelled the stretch of highway between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning before 8am to make contact.

Tourists in Canada speak of encounter with Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were murdered

Tourists in Canada speak of encounter with Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were murdered A pair of travellers who came across Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were shot have spoke of the 'smiling' couple, as police reassure tourists the murders are not linked to any other incidents.

A blue minivan with Alberta number plates was found at the scene and police would like to speak with drivers who saw the vehicle or who may have dashcam footage.

It is not yet clear why the couple were attacked.

She added her husband has been in contact with Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

In a statement, a NSW Police said they are providing support to the father of the victim.

'The NSW Police Force has been alerted to the death of a man and a woman in Canada,' the statement said.

'The man is the son of a serving senior officer and as such we are providing support to him and his family. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.'

The NSW Police Force have sent two detectives from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad to liaise and provide appropriate support to family members.

'The investigation into this incident is being led by the Canadian authorities and as such, they will be the appropriate source information as it comes to hand.'

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed they are providing consular assistance to the man's family.

'The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to the family of an Australian man who died in Canada,' a spokesperson said in a statement.

'Due to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.'

Tourists in Canada speak of encounter with Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were murdered.
A pair of travellers who came across Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were shot have spoke of the 'smiling' couple, as police reassure tourists the murders are not linked to any other incidents.

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