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Canadian road worker claims she saw man arguing with murdered Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese

A road worker has revealed a chilling twist in the murders of an Australian backpacker and his American girlfriend on a stretch of remote highway.    

Lucas Fowler, 23, the son of a New South Wales Chief Inspector, and Chynna Deese, 24, were found shot dead on the side of Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday.

Road worker Alandra Hull told Nine News she saw the couple ‘in a heated exchange with a bearded man’.

Lucas Fowler (right), the son of a New South Wales Chief Inspector, and Chynna Deese (left), 24, were found shot dead on the side of Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday 

Road worker Alandra Hull told Nine News she saw the couple 'in a heated exchange with a bearded man'

Road worker Alandra Hull told Nine News she saw the couple ‘in a heated exchange with a bearded man’

She said the couple seemed bothered by the exchange and the man had approached them from his grey car.  

He was standing in the middle of the Alaska Highway while they stood beside their van.   

‘If you just get a bad feeling, and that’s what I had, you just don’t stop,’ Ms Hull said.

Another road worker and medic named Trevor, who found the couple after they had been shot, said the back right window of the couple’s van was smashed.

Both of the right doors were left open, the road worker claimed. 

The startling revelation comes after locals claimed police in the region are zeroing in on the shooter, having successfully identified the getaway car that was used and the general direction the person travelled in.

Investigators are said to have reason to believe the shooter fled north – meaning the killer headed in the general direction where another body was found close to a burning car, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Police have not suggested the cases are linked.

Matt Moon, a cook at the Double G Service cafe and lodge on the remote road – dubbed the ‘highway of tears’ after a spate of unsolved disappearances and murders in the area – told the publication the information comes from questions police have been asking locals.

The couple met in 2017 and spent the next two years sharing their love of travel by visiting Central and South America, Japan and South East Asia

The couple met in 2017 and spent the next two years sharing their love of travel by visiting Central and South America, Japan and South East Asia

‘They haven’t found the car yet but they’re looking for it,’ Mr Moon said.

‘We’re all scared because there’s a double killer out there and anyone on that road could be another victim.’  

Mr Fowler’s father, mother and siblings all flew into Canada on Saturday afternoon.

His father, NSW Police chief inspector Stephen Fowler told Nine News while transiting at Los Angeles airport that Lucas was ‘just a wonderful boy’.

‘He’s a loss to so many people. And his girlfriend also – it’s just devastating. And our heart goes out to the whole of her family,’ he said.

‘We are just crushed.’

In a press conference NSW Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones confirmed the couple had been shot in 'horrific circumstance'

In a press conference NSW Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones confirmed the couple had been shot in ‘horrific circumstance’ 

The couple met in 2017 and spent the next two years sharing their love of travel by visiting Central and South America, Japan and South East Asia

The couple met in 2017 and spent the next two years sharing their love of travel by visiting Central and South America, Japan and South East Asia 

The Fowler family is expected to meet Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators in British Columbia for an update

The Fowler family is expected to meet Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators in British Columbia for an update

The Fowler family reportedly met with Australian and Canadian officers and were all ushered out through a discreet exit.

The Fowler family is expected to meet Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators in British Columbia for an update. 

They are reportedly hoping to bring Mr Fowler’s body home as soon as possible.  

In a press conference NSW Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones confirmed the couple had been shot in ‘horrific circumstance’.

Injuries inflicted on the couple were so ‘brutal’ that Ms Deese’s heartbroken brother, British Deese said an open casket would not be allowed at her funeral.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are leading the hunt for the killer.

The bodies were found about 20km south of Liard Hot Springs, and an old blue mini-van was found at the scene (pictured)

The bodies were found about 20km south of Liard Hot Springs, and an old blue mini-van was found at the scene (pictured)

Police said they 'would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle or rendered assistance'

Police said they ‘would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle or rendered assistance’ 

North District Rocky Mountain Police Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said police were called to the area of the Alaskan Highway at 7am local time.

The bodies were found about 20km south of Liard Hot Springs, and an old blue mini-van was found at the scene. 

Police said they ‘would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle or rendered assistance’.

Assistant Commissioner Jones said Mr Fowler’s father, Stephen, and the whole family are devastated.

Mr Fowler's family are reportedly hoping to bring his body home as soon as possible

Mr Fowler’s family are reportedly hoping to bring his body home as soon as possible 

‘In respect to Stephen, I won’t say much apart from the fact that he is an outstanding police officer, police area command,’ he said.

‘I had a chance to speak to him yesterday and he and the whole family are devastated by what has occurred and our heartfelt condolences go out to Stephen, his family, and of course the family of the young victim from the USA.’

The couple met in 2017 and spent the next two years sharing their love of travel by visiting Central and South America, Japan and South East Asia.

She had recently left her home of America to meet Mr Fowler in Canada, where they were planning to road trip through the northernmost parts of the country. 

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