The family of an American woman found murdered on a Canadian highway with her Australian boyfriend say they are ‘never going to get full closure’ following their deaths.
Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, of Australia, were shot dead on the side of a road in rural British Columbia.
Their bodies were discovered on the Alaska Highway on July 15, and local police have now launched an investigation into the double murder.
Speaking to Good Morning America Chynna’s brother British said: ‘I don’t know who would do something like this. This is an international murder case in Canada of an Australian and an American and still no large public travelers’ notice.
‘It doesn’t add up and it’s concerning and we are never going to get full closure on this and its going to hurt the rest of our lives.’
Sheila Deese: ‘This was someone’s son, someone’s daughter.
‘And I want people to know, you know, who she was, she volunteered and she gave. She wasn’t materialistic and she was a beautiful person.’
Sheila and British Deese, left and right, have paid tribute to tragic Chynna after she was found murdered on Canadian highway with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler
Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, of Australia, were shot dead on the side of a road in rural British Columbia
Shiela called her daughter ‘beautiful’, adding: ‘I want people to know, you know, who she was, she volunteered and she gave. She wasn’t materialistic and she was a beautiful person’
She added: ‘Their story is like a love story that you would read about. This Southern girl meets this wonderful Australian man. They were just so in love and both loved traveling.
‘As a mom, this is so hard because she was part of me. Kind of my mini me.
‘The hardest part for me is to watch my other children hurting and suffering and their memories. They say you’re only as happy as your saddest child I’m missing one child and I have three very sad children.’
The pair were only two days into their ten day journey around the northwest of the country when they were killed after their van reportedly broke down. 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.
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.
This Chevrolet mini-van was found at the scene (pictured). The pair were only two days into their ten day journey when they were killed after their van reportedly broke down
The bodies were found about 20km south of Liard Hot Springs (above)
Road worker Alandra Hull said she saw the couple ‘in a heated exchange with a bearded man’
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 were travelling in the upper region of British Columbia, a place notorious for ‘The Highway of Tears’ – a 450 mile stretch of road upon which 50 women have disappeared or been murdered since 1970.
A couple who drove by offering help said Fowler told them they did not need help with their broken down van. The passerby said: ‘The gentleman insisted that they were okay and that he didn’t need our help and that in that same day somebody so evil would do something so horrific to them, that’s just terrible.’
Deese recently completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business at Appalachian State University, according to her Couchsurfing page.
In the profile she wrote that her mission was ‘traveling the world and looking to meet new people and experience new places from a local’s point of view’.
Deese, who was learning Spanish and studied winemaking in France, described herself as ‘easy going’ and ‘open minded with a positive attitude’.
She was reportedly working as a bartender in her hometown of Charlotte before she commenced her travels with her boyfriend.
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.
MURDER ON THE ‘HIGHWAY OF TEARS’: A TIMELINE
Monday, July 15, 2019: At 7.19am, Royal Mounted Canadian Police are called to the side of the road on the Alaska Highway, in remote British Columbia.
Police found the bodies of a young man and young woman about 20km south of the Liard Hot Springs, not far from a beat-up blue minivan.
Tuesday, July 16: Police publicly announce the two bodies were found dead on the side of Highway 97 but say ‘no further information is available’
Wednesday, July 17: Investigators ask anyone who may have seen, or have dashcam footage, between 4pm Sunday and 8am Monday to come forward
Thursday, July 18: Detectives confirm the identities of the two dead as Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23
Friday, July 19: NSW Police, the Fowler and Deese families release statements paying tribute to their lost loved ones
July 20: NSW homicide officers and the Fowler family arrive in Canada to assist the investigation.
July 21: Witness tells media of seeing a ‘bearded man’ having a ‘heated exchange’ with Fowler and Deese on the side of the highway
July 22: Pictures emerge of Fowler and Deese’s minivan with a blown out back window