Canadian tourist murders Images released of mystery men

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In this undated photo provided by the Deese family of Chynna Deese, 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler, left, and 24-year-old American girlfriend Chynna Deese poses for a selfie. The couple were found murdered along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, Canada, on Monday, July 15, 2019. (Deese Family via AP)

As Canadian police seek clues in a mysterious murder case, they’ve released to the public images of two men about whom they’re seeking information.

The men are possibly connected to two cases: the killing last week of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend, and the disappearance a few days later of two British Columbia teenagers on a road trip.

On July 15, Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lucas Fowler, 23, of Sydney, Australia, were found shot to death near their van along the Alaska Highway outside of Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia. They had  been wrapping up a two-week-long road trip through Canada.

On July 19, about 300 miles from Liard Hot Springs, a vehicle was found in flames near a road. The two teenagers who had been driving it — Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni — have not been seen since the previous day in the nearby town of Dease Lake.

On Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police released these images:

• A sketch of a bearded man reportedly seen talking to Deese and Fowler on the highway. He is described as a witness rather than a suspect.

• A sketch of a man 50 to 60 years old who was found dead July 19 at a highway turnout about a mile from the burning pickup truck driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky. The police are seeking help identifying him. It is not known if his death is connected to the teens’ disappearance.

The RCMP also acknowledged that “multiple sources” have brought up a potential link to another man they are seeking.  Derek Whisenand, a 27-year-old Texan, is believed to have fled to Canada after allegedly beating a 78-year-old man to death on June 26 in Eastland, Texas. The Canadian police released his image on July 9, asking the public to report any sightings.

A media relations officer for the RCMP on Monday emphasized that the agency has no indication that the Liard Hot Springs deaths are connected to the teenagers’ disappearance or that the public is at risk.