FORT NELSON, B.C. — RCMP are asking the public to take safety precautions and “remain vigilant” as the force investigates two apparently unconnected cases in northern British Columbia involving a deceased male and a couple believed to be the victims of a double homicide.
Mounties say in a release they acknowledge growing concerns after a body was found Friday near the community of Dease Lake and the discovery four days earlier of the bodies of a man and woman on the side of the Alaska Highway, about 470 kilometres away.
Police have asked anyone who may have seen 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler and his 24-year-old girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., to contact them.
RCMP have not yet released the identity of the male who was found dead days later after officers responded to a vehicle fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.
The force is asking for the public’s help in locating two men connected with the burned-out red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper found about two kilometres from the man’s body.
Police say 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, from the Vancouver Island community of Port Alberni, were driving the vehicle found on fire and that the body discovered wasn’t that of either missing teen.
“At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations,” RCMP said in the news release.
“We also remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.”
The Canadian Press