One of two young homicide victims found this week in western Canada is the son of a high-ranking by the Canadian police. The victim was later identified as Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old Sydney native who is the son of an Australian police official, AFP reported.
According to Australian network ABC, Fowler was the son of Stephen Fowler, chief inspector of police in New South Wales, Australia. It quoted an Australian police official as saying the couple reportedly was shot in “what can only be described as horrific circumstances.”
In a follow-up statement released late Friday, July 19th, the police stated that the bodies of him and Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, were found Monday along a remote stretch of highway in northern British Columbia province. Deese was from the US state of North Carolina.
According to the Vancouver Sun, some have speculated that because the homicide happened along Highway 97, the deaths could be attributed to a serial killer and the Highway of Tears investigation. RCMP said they have no evidence to indicate the homicide is linked to other investigations.
Nonetheless, the RCMP said its investigation was “in its very infancy, and it is not yet clear whether Lucas and Chynna were targeted or if this was a crime of opportunity,” AFP reported.
A blue Chevrolet minivan registered in neighbouring Alberta province was found on the side of the road, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said, without confirming whether the van belonged to the couple. The RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for details from AFP.
According to Global News.ca, the police reported that both Fowler and Deese appear to have been shot where they were found. While their deaths have been deemed suspicious, it’s unclear whether they were an “unfortunate coincidence” or if the couple was targeted.