The son of a NSW Police officer has died under suspicious circumstances after he was found dead along a stretch of highway in Canada.
Australian man Lucas Fowler was found dead on the Alaska Highway in the northern part of British Columbia on Monday about 7am (local time), according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
His girlfriend, American woman Chynna Deese, was found dead with him along with a blue minivan.
It is believed the pair died between Sunday at 4pm to Monday morning (local time).
Mr Fowler is the son of Hills District Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“We have lost our dear Lucas Fowler, son, brother, grandson and friend in the most terrible of circumstances,” the Fowler family said in a statement released via NSW Police.
“To lose someone so young and vibrant, who was travelling the world and just enjoying life to the full, is devastating.”
The family also paid tribute to Mr Fowler’s girlfriend and her loved ones.
“To know his beautiful girlfriend, Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, also lost her life in this violent event is too cruel.
“All our love and best wishes go to Chynna’s family and friends.”
Ms Deese’s sister Kennedy posted a moving tribute to the couple on Facebook.
“It is with overwhelming sadness that I share my sister Chynna and her beloved boyfriend Lucas were recently found deceased,” she wrote.
Kennedy described the pair as “bright and beautiful souls” and said she was still “in shock and heartbroken”.
Police are now seeking dash cam footage as part of their investigation along with witnesses.
In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said it was providing assistance “to the family of an Australian man who died in Canada”.
“Due to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment,” the spokesperson said.
A NSW Police said they were aware of the deaths and two NSW homicide detectives are travelling to Canada to assist the investigation and support the family.
“The man is the son of a serving senior officer and as such we are providing support to him and his family," he said.
“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."
The Fowler family said they will now travel to Canada to bring their son home.
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