Chynna Noelle Deese, a 24-year-old woman from North Carolina, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old man from Sydney, Australia, were found dead on July 15 on the Alaska Highway 97.
A double slaying, a pair of missing teens and a dead body in northern B.C. have spurred police investigations and left family members grieving.
Here’s what we know so far about the northern B.C. cases.
Monday, July 15 at 7:19 a.m.
• Northern Rockies RCMP is called to an area 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs on Alaska Highway 97 for the report of two bodies found.
• A blue 1986 Chevrolet minivan with Alberta plates was also located at the scene.
• The deaths are deemed suspicious and an investigation is launched.
Thursday, July 18
• The two individuals killed are identified: Chynna Noelle Deese, a 24-year-old woman from North Carolina, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old man from Sydney, Australia. The pair was dating.
Friday, July 19
• Investigators plead for witnesses or dashboard camera footage from the Alaska Highway 97 between Sunday, July 14 at 4 pm. to Monday, July 15 at 8 a.m.
• Police also shared that Fowler’s father is a member of the New South Wales Police Force and that the Fowler family was travelling to Canada, accompanied by Australian police officers for support. FBI was also notified and assisted with contacting Deese’s family in North Carolina.
• Also on July 19, Dease Lake RCMP were called for an unoccupied red and grey Dodge pickup truck on fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.
• A man’s dead body was also found 2 kilometres from the vehicle fire though it was unclear at the time if the two were connected.
Sunday, July 21
• RCMP announce the truck found on fire was being driven by Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, both of Port Alberni.
• The pair was en route to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to seek work but had not been in contact with family in recent days.
• They were last seen headed south from the Super A general store in Dease lake around 3:15 p.m. on July 18.
• Police also confirmed the dead body found near the burning vehicle is neither McLeod nor Schmegelsky.
Monday, July 22
• In a news conference, RCMP confirmed that Deese and Fowler died of gunshot wounds.
• Police also confirmed the blue Chevrolet van was owned by Fowler and was being used by the couple to explore northern B.C.
• Investigators also released a sketch of a person of interest who was spotted speaking with Fowler on the evening of July 14.
• The man may be associated with an older model Jeep Cherokee with a black stripe on the hood and a black light/bull bar with small covered lights.
• Police hoped to speak with the man to learn more about Fowler and Deese’s activities prior to their deaths.
• Police also released surveillance footage from a gas station in Fort Nelson where Deese and Fowler stopped on July 13, in hopes anyone who recognized the couple could come forward with more information.
• Police also shared a sketch of the man who was found dead near McLeod and Schmegelsky’s vehicle and asked anyone who recognized the man to contact investigators.
Tuesday, July 23
• In a bombshell development, RCMP revealed Schmegelsky and McLeod were being treated as suspects in the double homicide of Deese and Fowler.
• They are also suspected in the suspicious death of an unidentified man found near their abandoned burning truck.
• The pair is believed to be driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV-4 and last seen in northern Saskatchewan.
More to come…