Young couple murdered while travelling through BC

Lucas Fowler and girlfriend Chynna Deese

Lucas Fowler and girlfriend Chynna Deese

The woman has been identified as Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States, and the man has been identified as Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia.

We are all now travelling to Canada to be with our boy and to bring him home.

Lucas Fowler in a post shared by his family on Facebook.

Police in Australia have identified one of the victims as Lucas Fowler, the son of a senior Australian police officer.

They said knowing his girlfriend Ms Deese, from North Carolina, had also lost her life in a "violent event" was cruel.

"Our deepest thanks for all your love and care. Chynna and Lucas' lives were abruptly taken from a random act of violence while starting their road trip through Canada".

Sergeant Janelle Shoihet, from BC RCMP, told Cabin Radio by email the police service has not publicly confirmed the manner of death and is not likely to do so. They were bright and attractive souls. "We are all still in shock and heartbroken", she wrote.

She followed up by saying "it's hard to understand the concept of a serial killer".

The bodies were found Monday on Highway 97 about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.

Police would especially like to speak with anyone who may have a Dashcam video while travelling that area. Police said details are limited but "both deaths appeared to be suspicious". Officials couldn't immediately say whether public safety is a concern.

A vehicle an older blue minivan with Alberta plates was found at the scene and police would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle or render assistance.

RCMP have confirmed the second victim as American Chynna Deese.

"Our thoughts are with them at this hard time".

A Canadian woman Sandra Broughton told her Facebook followers Wednesday that she and her husband saw the couple's van Sunday broken down on the side of the highway and asked if they needed help.

Police are also asking anyone who may have information on this incident to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP detachment at 250-774-2700, or if they wish to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leave a tip online.

A statement from the family of Sydney-area resident Lucas Fowler was posted on the website of the New South Wales Police Department.