RCMP to give update on Alaska Highway homicides today

Mounties will give a public update Monday afternoon about their investigation into the murders of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.

RCMP will hold a media availability at 2 p.m. due to the significant interest in the case.

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Fowler and Deese were found shot to death outside their van near Liard Hot Springs on July 15.

One witness who was among the last to see them alive say they saw the couple in an argument with a bearded man the day before their bodies were found on the side of the Alaska Highway. That witness has spoken with police and has been asked to help a sketch artist develop a portrait of the man.

Other passing motorists say they saw the couple stranded along the highway with a broken down van, but that they were in good spirits, sharing a meal, and confident in how to fix their vehicle and get it back on the road.

Fowler was the son of senior ranking police officer from the New South Wales police department in Australia. His family has arrived in Canada along with two NSW homicide detectives that RCMP say are only here to act as liaisons to the family.

Australian media outlets that have flown into Fort Nelson to cover this story say the Fowler family may arrive in Fort Nelson today. They tell Alaska Highway News that there is a lot of police activity on the ground in Fort Nelson, and a very busy police detachment.

Nine News, an Australian TV news outlet, reports that around 30 investigators are working the case.

Deese is from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The couple met in Croatia in 2017, and spent their time travelling through Europe, Central America, and Asia. They were in Canada to spend time working on a cattle ranch and visiting the country's iconic national parks.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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