On Monday July 15 2019, at approximately 7:19 a.m., Northern Rockies RCMP frontline officers were called to an area of Highway 97 approximately 20 kilometers south of Liard Hot Springs. When officers arrived they located the bodies of two adults, a woman and a man, who were deceased.
A blue 1986 Chevrolet van bearing Alberta licence plates was located at the scene. Early in the investigation, the deaths were deemed suspicious and investigators from the North District and BC RCMP Major Crime Units were called to assist in the investigation.
The investigators remain in the area and will draw upon any additional support and specialized units required as the investigation unfolds.
In order to further the investigation and determine a timeline leading up to their deaths, we can now confirm that Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23 of Australia were the victims of homicide.
Investigators are asking to speak with anyone who may have been travelling in the area of Liard Hot Springs, including any camping areas, and on the Alaska Highway 97 between Sunday July 14, at 4:00 p.m. to Monday July 15, 8:00 a.m..
Police are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have dashcam footage. Should you have information relating to the blue van or the deaths of Chynna and Lucas, and have not already spoken to police, we ask that you contact the Northern Rockies RCMP at 250 774-2700.
FORT NELSON, BC: The RCMP has now confirmed the identity of the victims of the double homicide south of Liard Hot Springs which occurred between Sunday July 14, 2019 to Monday July 15, 2019.
“In an effort to further the investigation and help determine a timeline leading up to their deaths, we are identifying the victims as Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia,” states Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP Detachment at
250-774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
** We do apologize for the incorrect info we posted on Wednesday about this story. At that time it was not known to us if it was two men or a man and a woman. We have since published this story and have deleted the original.
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