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Australian’s death in Canada ‘suspicious’

An Australian man’s devastated family is travelling to Canada to bring him home after he and his girlfriend were found dead in suspicious circumstances.

Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese were found on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on Monday.

The Royal Canadian Mountain Police said both deaths seemed suspicious.

Mr Fowler is the son of NSW Police Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler. His family issued a statement on Friday night confirming the loss of their son, brother, grandson and friend “in the most terrible of circumstances”.

“To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating,” they said.

“We are all now travelling to Canada to be with our boy and to bring him home.”

The family thanked supporters, saying: “At this stage we can only move forward a minute at a time, and those minutes are moving so slowly”.

They said knowing his girlfriend Ms Deese, from North Carolina, had also lost her life in a “violent event” was cruel.

Two NSW homicide detectives are also travelling to Canada to assist the investigation and support the family.

“The investigation into this incident is being led by the Canadian authorities and as such, they will be the appropriate source for information as it comes to hand,” a NSW Police statement said.

Canadian police said an old blue minivan was found at the scene and police are looking for anyone who saw the vehicle or offered assistance.

They’re appealing for anyone that travelled the stretch of highway around the time the bodies were found to come forward, a RCMP statement said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Friday said they were offering consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died in Canada.

“Due to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment,” a DFAT statement said.

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