RCMP to give update on Liard Hot Springs murders this afternoon

BC RCMP will provide a public update this afternoon about the murders of two international tourists near Liard Hot Springs.

A news conference has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at E Division headquarters in Surrey. The press conference will be streamed live at www.facebook.com/BCRCMPnews.

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Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia and his girlfriend Chynna Noelle Deese of North Carolina were found dead along the side of the Alaska Highway 20 kilometres south of the popular tourist destination on Monday, July 15.

Mounties have released few public details about the deaths, including the cause. Australian news outlets report the couple was found shot to death. 

Fowler was the son of New South Wales Police Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler. Family as well as Australian homicide detectives are travelling with police to Canada to help with the investigation, and bring their bodies home.

"To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating," Fowler's family said in a statement.

The Zeta Tau Alpha at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., said Deese was one of its members, and an obituary remembers her as a "kind and adventurous soul."

RCMP say an older blue minivan with Alberta plates was found at the crime scene, and are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle or tried to help the victims.

Police are looking to speak with anyone who travelled the stretch of highway between Sunday, July 14 at 4 p.m. and Monday, July 15 at 8 a.m. Police want to speak with anybody who has dashcam video of their travels through the area.

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

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