A third body has reportedly been found along a connecting Canadian highway to where NSW man Lucas Fowler and his girlfriend were murdered.
Four days after the 23-year-old and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, were found dead with gunshot wounds, police found another dead body along the highway, according to local reports.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded on Friday to a vehicle on fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37 at British Columbia, but found nobody inside.
During the investigation, a man’s dead body was discovered at a nearby rest stop, the Georgia Straight reported. The Alaska Highway, where the couple were found dead on Monday, intersects with Highway 37 several kilometres north.
Canadian authorities believe Mr Fowler - the son of NSW Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler - and Ms Deese were shot after their van broke down 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.
The NSW man and his girlfriend were found 1,000 kilometres north of a notorious stretch of road known as ‘The Highway of Tears’ where more than 40 people have been murdered, sparking unfounded media reports suggesting a serial killer was responsible. Local authorities have denied any link.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones told reporters in Sydney on Saturday that two homicide detectives, including Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, would act in a liaison-type role with the RCMP.
He said the RCMP have advised the couple were shot near their motor vehicle but couldn't comment any further on the nature of the injuries or the scene.
It will be sometime before Mr Fowler's body can be repatriated back to Australia, due to standard procedures, he said.
Investigators will work to determine if the two incidents were linked.
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