Police Release Sketch After Highway Killings in Canada

Person of interest spoke to Lucas Fowler on July 14
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2019 12:44 PM CDT
Cops Give Face to Man Who Met Murdered Couple
Australian Lucas Fowler, left, and American girlfriend Chynna Deese poses for a selfie.   (Deese Family via AP)

Canadian authorities have released a sketch of a person believed to be among the last to encounter Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler alive. The US woman and her Australian boyfriend had embarked on a three-week road trip before they were found shot to death on the side of a northern British Columbia highway, next to Fowler's broken-down van, on July 15. The man depicted in the sketch was observed speaking to Fowler along Highway 97 on the evening of July 14, RCMP Cpl. Janelle Shoihet tells CBC News. Believed to have been traveling south, perhaps in a Jeep Cherokee with a bull-bar and black stripe on the hood, the man is described as Caucasian with dark skin and hair and a possible beard. He may have also have been wearing glasses.

Authorities also released the last known footage of 23-year-old Fowler, who'd found work on a BC ranch, and 24-year-old Deese of North Carolina, who'd traveled to visit him. The couple are seen hugging next to Fowler's blue Chevy van at a gas station in Fort Nelson, BC, on July 13, per CBS News. Days after their bodies were found, the body of a man in his 50s or 60s was discovered on the side of a road 300 miles away in Dease Lake in a case Shoihet says "may be linked." The Caucasian male with a heavy build and gray hair was found roughly a mile from a burned-out camper truck belonging to two Vancouver Island teens. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, remain missing. Per the Vancouver Sun, Shoihet says anyone in the area should exhibit "heightened vigilance and awareness." (More murder stories.)

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