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Two teenagers who were thought missing in Canada

Two teenagers who were previously described as missing have been named as the suspects in the murders of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend in Canada. 

Police named Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, as suspects in the murders of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, on Tuesday. 

The two teenagers were described as missing on Monday but police named them as suspects on Tuesday.  

Bryer Schmegelsky

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, who were described as missing yesterday, have now been named as suspects 

Shot dead: Lucas Fowler, the 24-year-old son of an Australian police officer, and his girlfriend Chynna Deese, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were found dead on the Alaska Highway last Monday

Shot dead: Lucas Fowler, the 24-year-old son of an Australian police officer, and his girlfriend Chynna Deese, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were found dead on the Alaska Highway last Monday

Kam and Bryer’s car was found 470 kilometres from Lucas and Chynna’s bodies and the incidents were five days’ apart. 

Of the missing two boys, police spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said: ‘Kam and Bryer have periodically connected with family and friends over the past week and it is possible that they are now in area without cell coverage.

‘However, we have found their vehicle and have not been able to locate either of them at this time.

‘We are asking for Kam or Bryer to connect with police right away and let us know you are okay.  

Tourists flood British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains hot-spots at this time of year like Banff and Jasper for hiking and hot springs adventures. 

Who exactly killed Fowler and Deese remains a mystery, with one witness claiming to have seen the couple having a ‘heated exchange’ with a bearded man last Sunday.

The couple’s beat-up Chevrolet minivan was seized by police and was pictured for the first time earlier today with a blown out back window. 

Witnesses to Fowler and Deese’s final moments have came forward to tell of their final encounters with the tragic couple.

Good Samaritans Sandra Broughton and her husband Curtis claimed to have a fateful encounter with the young lovers last Sunday. 

Good Samaritans Sandra and Curtis Broughton offered to help the broken down couple

Good Samaritans Sandra and Curtis Broughton offered to help the broken down couple

They were heading home along Alaska Highway after visiting Liard Hot Springs on Sunday at 3.20pm when they saw Mr Fowler and Ms Deese’s van broken down on the side of the road.

Mr Broughton, a mechanic, presumed they needed help and pulled over. He said the couple were relaxing on fold-out chairs on the side of the road and were ‘happy and smiling’ despite the circumstances.

‘They were having lunch or a bit of a meal when we pulled up.’ 

Mr Broughton soon realised the Australian had it all under control.

‘He seemed like he had everything diagnosed properly,’ he said.

‘The vehicle was flooded out and they were going to try and get it going again until they could get the parts they needed.’

The Broughtons got back in their car and drove home. 

Days later, they heard what had happened to them on the news. 

Ms Broughton told reporters: ‘We were like angels offering to help, being the good in the world but unfortunately they also met the worst and in humanity.’

Another eyewitness has also come forward claiming have seen the young travellers having a ‘heated exchange with a bearded man’.   

Road worker Alanda Hull said the couple were standing beside their van and seemed bothered by the man, who she saw in the middle of the road. 

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

The disappearance of the two men comes a week after New South Wales man Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, from North Carolina, were shot dead on the province's remote Alaska Highway

The disappearance of the two men comes a week after New South Wales man Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, from North Carolina, were shot dead on the province’s remote Alaska Highway

This Chevrolet mini-van was found at the scene (pictured)

This Chevrolet mini-van was found at the scene (pictured)

Fowler, the son of New South Wales police inspector Stephen Fowler, and Deese, from met at a hostel in Croatia two years ago. 

They fell in love and were travelling across Canada as part of the latest chapter in their globetrotting adventure.  

Since 2017, Fowler, from Sydney’s north, had travelled to locations as diverse Myanmar, Japan, Hungary, Spain, South America and Canada. 

Before taking off overseas, he played football with the Asquith Soccer Club and lived in Ku-ring-gai. 

One of his friends this week paid tribute to the ‘kindest, funniest, sweetest, most carefree and happy human I have ever come across in my life.’

‘No matter what was going on you would just walk in with a beer in one hand, smile and say ‘she’ll be right’.’ 

His family has flown to Canada to bring his body home. Two NSW homicide detectives are also joining the investigation.  

World explorers: Chynna Deese (left) at the Grand Canyon

World explorers: Mr Fowler in Myanmar

World explorers: Chynna Deese (left) and Lucas Fowler (right) at the Grand Canyon and in Myanmar respectively. The couple met at a hostel in Croatia two years ago

Meanwhile, the Deeses have told media they fear the killer may strike again.

‘I don’t think it’s a serial killer,’ Ms Deese’s father, Dwayne, told the Charlotte Observer.

‘I think of someone who has been convicted of violent crimes before, someone on drugs.

‘That fits the profile better.

‘What worries us is that person is still on the loose and they have a head start.

‘This is going to happen again.

‘There needs to be some kind of a warning system in place for tourists.’

BRITISH COLUMBIA BACKPACKER FEARS: 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

Some 470km away near Dease Lake, police discover an abandoned truck and find the body of a man

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 

Police issue urgent appeal for two men who have gone missing near Dease Lake, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18

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