British Colombia Officials seek information in missing teens and death of 3 people

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(CNN & CBS) – Canadian Officials are seeking information in a death investigation after a man is found dead on the highway near a burning vehicle. This comes a week after two people were found dead and now this a third person found near the same location.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also searching for two missing teenagers, Kam McLeod, and Bryer Schmegelsky. Authorities say their vehicle was found burning on the side of the road, 31 miles south of Dease Lake, in British Columbia on Friday. While investigating the vehicle fire, police discovered a male body a little over a mile away.

Officials are now urging everyone who visits the area to be mindful of their location when visiting British Columbia.

RCMP are also continuing the investigation into the homicides of two people found dead along the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. Police have identified the victims as 23-year-old Lucas Fowler, the son of a senior Australian police officer, and 24-year-old American Chynna Deese.

RCMP says the investigation into the double homicide of 23-year-old Lucas Fowler and 24-year-old Chynna Deese continues to progress. The young American woman and her Australian boyfriend had set out to explore British Columbia when they were found dead on a remote Canadian highway. – Paula Newton in British Columbia monitors 

Police have now determined both victims were shot and killed. They are now searching for a Jeep Cherokee vehicle that was last seen with the couple. Authorities say they will soon release surveillance video of the couple at a gas station, which is when they were last seen last.

Officials say they need the public to come forward with any information in relation to the investigation.

WATCH: Canadian Authorities hold a press conference with latest in the homicide investigation of two people who were found dead on the highway.

Canadian Authorities hold a press conference with latest in the homicide investigation of two people who were found dead on the highway.

LIVE: Canadian Authorities hold a press conference with latest in the homicide investigation of two people who were found dead on the highway.

Posted by CBS 42 on Monday, July 22, 2019

The couple appears to have been shot at the location where they were found, Mark Jones, assistant commissioner with the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force’s North West Metropolitan Region Command, said at a news conference in Australia.

Jones said the NSW police have sent two of their officers to act in a liaison role and assist the Mounties in their investigation.

Those officers arrived at Vancouver International Airport on Friday night.

Wayne Walpole, the detective chief inspector with the NSW Police, is one of them. He told media that he couldn’t say much about the investigation, nor could he offer an update on how the Fowler family was doing.

“We have lost our dear Lucas Fowler, son, brother, grandson and friend in the most terrible of circumstances,” reads a statement from the Fowler family posted on the New South Wales Police Force Facebook page.

“To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was traveling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating.”

The statement continues: “To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel. All our love and best wishes go to Chynna’s family and friends.”

Chynna’s brother British said the couple had met in Europe when she was working at a hostel and had bonded over their love of traveling.

“They were planning on visiting all the national parks and seeing all the sights in Canada and just spending time together.”

He said the pair had both traveled extensively and were well versed in safety issues.

He said Chynna’s death had left her entire family reeling.

“Chynna was the sibling that brought everyone together, in away. The least judgmental and the biggest glow in the room. It’s going to be really hard because it’s a piece of my childhood and a piece of my everyday life,” he said.

The bodies were found Monday on Highway 97 about 20 kilometers south of Liard Hot Springs. A blue 1986 Chevrolet van with Alberta license plates was located at the scene, RCMP said.

Carrie Hawryluk of Fort Nelson, B.C., says she saw a young couple matching the description of Fowler and Deese by the side of the Alaska Highway on Sunday afternoon.

“We just saw their van on the side of the road and we saw a young couple, and the van hood was up like it had broken down and they were sitting in some lawn chairs in the ditch,” she said.

She said her husband, who had driven by about 20 minutes earlier, saw the pair and slowed down to approach, but “the couple didn’t really indicate that they were having problems.”

Hawryluk, who was traveling with her two aunts and a female cousin, said she hesitated to stop due to safety concerns but notified RCMP.

Hawryluk notes the area is popular with travelers from around the world.

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