Teens suspected in murders of couple travelling in British Columbia

May be in Manitoba

Two teenage friends in British Columbia, once believed to be missing, are now believed to be on the run after the deaths of a young couple and another man last week.

Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese were found shot to death along the Alaska Highway near a popular hot springs tourist destination in northern British Columbia. The body of an unidentified man was discovered near a burnt-out van about two kilometres away.

Fowler and Deese – family photo

The young couple, seen hugging at a gas station two days before their bodies were found, were on a road trip. Curtis Broughton and his wife Sandra say they met the couple shortly before they died, leaving the young travelers only after they felt the couple knew how to repair their broken-down van.”They were happy and they were smiling,” Curtis said.

“They were on their road trip,” Sandra added. “They just seemed like a young couple in love.” The mystery deepened late last week when another body was found some 300 miles away, also on a remote Canadian road. That man has not been identified, but police released a sketch of him. Police say they had found a truck on fire, that belonged to the Canadian teen suspects about a mile from the man’s body.

RCMP say the suspects, aged 19 and 18, had been travelling from Port Alberni on Vancouver island to Whitehorse in search of work.

They were last seen, driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV4, in northern Saskatchewan.

It’s believed the pair may now be in Manitoba. RCMP say a burnt-out car was found in the Gillam-area.

Family say Fowler and Deese were days into a three-week road trip and were bound for Alaska when they were killed. They had met abroad two years ago.

For Lucas Fowler’s father Stephen, the loss is unimaginable. “As a police officer, you work with families all the time…” he said. “But nothing prepares me, nothing prepares my family for what we are going through now.”

The families of the teens say they haven’t seen them in several days.

-with files from CBS News

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