‘Missing’ teens now suspects in double murder that sparked serial killer fears

Police in Canada probing the double murder of a tourist couple have named two teens thought to have been missing as suspects in the investigation.

The shooting deaths and missing teens had initially prompted fears of a serial killer on the loose in Canada, after a man's body was found near the boys' burnt-out truck.

Detectives have now connected the boys' disappearance to their investigation into the brutal murders American woman and her Australian boyfriend found shot dead on the side of a remote highway in northern British Columbia.

Investigators warned the public to immediately call police and to avoid approaching Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.  

Their burnt-out red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a camper attached to the back was found on the roadside on Friday about 310 miles from the site of the tourist couple's murder.

Detectives found no sign of the boys – but discovered a mystery man's remains near a burnt out trailer at Dease Lake, about a mile from the teens' charred truck.

Police have told local media they have not yet identified the man – although they have ruled out the remains don't belong to either of the vanished teens.

The cases have led to speculation a serial killer is at work.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has said there is no evidence yet to suggest the cases across Northern British Columbia are linked.

However a top cop said during a press conference yesterday a link was "possible."

Investigators have released heartbreaking CCTV footage of the couple's final movements in hopes it will jog the memory of someone who can help detectives trace who killed them.

The footage captures Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24, embracing at a service station at Fort Nelson, within the northern Rockies, as they fill up the van with petrol for what was to be a three-week-long Canadian roadtrip.

Just days later, the "inseparable" young lovers were found dead 186 miles away on the side of a remote northern BC highway.

Tourist couple shot dead

Investigators have released sketches of a man seen speaking with the couple the night before their bodies were discovered on the the side of the Alaska Highway last Monday.

The couple had met while travelling and Deese, originally from North Carolina, had been visiting Fowler in BC where he had been living.

They were just a few days into a three-week road trip through Canada when they were killed along Highway 97.

Fowler's 1986 blue Chevy van was found with a smashed rear window on the roadside about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs, a popular tourist destination.

Police have not clarified whether the couple were believed to have been attacked at random or targeted, or whether they were shot and killed inside or outside their van.

The RCMP believe they were killed between 4pm on July 14 and 7am the following day. It took three days for police to identify the couple's bodies.

A road worker told 9 News Australia she saw a mystery man arguing with the couple the night before they were found dead – telling 9 News Australia he "kind of looked frustrated or something."

Alandra Hull described the man as standing in the middle of the highway, while the couple stood beside their van.

"If you just get a bad feeling, and that's what I had, you just don't stop," she said.

Police released a sketch of a man they said was seen speaking to the couple the night before their bodies were discovered.

Investigators, who stressed the man was not a suspect, said they would like to speak to the man seen driving a Jeep Cherokee with a black stripe on its bonnet and a black light or bull bar.

He has been described by police as a Caucasian man with darker skin who was shorter than Fowler, who was 6ft 3in. Police say the man possibly had a beard or glasses, and was believed to have been travelling southbound.

Fowler was the son of a high-ranking Australian police officer, who called the couple's fate the world's "worst ever love story."

The force did not rule out links between the cases during a press conference in Canada yesterday.

“We certainly are open to those possibilities. And our investigators are speaking to each other, sharing information and certainly looking at the possibility that they may be linked,” Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said yesterday, according to local press.

“Understandably it’s unusual to have two major investigations undergoing of this nature in northern B.C. at the same time."

"We are just distraught," New South Wales Police Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler told media in BC after travelling to Canada over the weekend. "This has really torn two families apart."

He described his son as a "fun-loving guy" who loved to travel and had met his girlfriend during his adventures with a friend, reports the Sydney Morning Herald .

"Along that tour he met Chynna and they became an inseparable pair.

"It's a love story that has ended tragically.

"It really is the worst ever love story because we now have two young people who had everything in front of them tragically murdered."


Man's remains found near vanished teens' van

They told local media they remains found near a burnt out trailer don't belong to either of the missing boys, but they have yet to identify him.

They released a composite sketch of the man, describing him as a Caucasian, round 5ft 10in tall, between the ages of 50 and 60, with a heavy build, grey hair and facial hair.

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