RCMP aware of Texas murder suspect in area

UPDATE AUG. 2 10:30 P.M.

Texas murder suspect not a suspect in northern BC killings: RCMP.

RCMP say wouldn’t have named teens as suspects if didn’t have evidence

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UPDATE JULY 23 12:16 P.M. RCMP say two missing BC men are suspects in the double murder in northern BC July 14-15.

On July 22 in a media update on the Northern BC investigations, the BC RCMP said the two missing men were not suspects in the double homicide.

But, BC RCMP held a media update at 11 a.m. BC time July 23 and said the two missing men are no longer considered missing and are now considered the main suspects.

READ MORE: RCMP say two missing men main suspects in BC double murder

BC RCMP say the two are suspected to be in northern Saskatchewan. They were last seen in a 2011 grey 2011 RAV 4 in northern Saskatchewan.

READ MORE: Northern Manitoba police patrol all night searching for two BC men suspecting of killing 3

According to Australian TV Station Channel 7 News, BC RCMP isn’t ruling him out as a suspect.

Channel 7 News reported that RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet confirmed to them that she was notified of a potential link to Whisenand from “multiple sources.”

“I have sent it on to the investigative team,” she told Channel 7 News. “I don’t have any indications at this point whether or not he is a person of interest.”

Alberta Press Leader has reached out to BC RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet for comment. We will update when she responds.

Manitoba RCMP suspects Texas murder suspect Derek Whisenand, 27, crossed into Canada around June 24.

Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, 23, and his U.S. girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, were fatally shot sometime between the evening of July 14 and early morning of July 15 after their van broke down on a deserted northern BC highway July 14.

WATCH: RCMP urge public to have ‘heightened vigilance’ in northern BC after the double murder of Australian and U.S. tourists, a third body discovered and two men missing

Yesterday, BC RCMP released a composite sketch of a man they believe spoke with Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese on July 14 along the highway.

The sketch is of a Caucasian man with fair skin, dark hair and possibly a beard.

A police mugshot of Whisenand shows a man with fair skin, dark hair and a goatee. Whitesand’s height also matches the description offered by RCMP yesterday.

On the left is an RCMP sketch released by BC RCMP July 22. Police believe he spoke with the the Australian and American tourists in northern BC hours before they were murdered. On the right is a mug shot of Texas murder suspect Derek Whisenand.

When police released the sketch of the man they are seeking – who they believe spoke with Lucas and Chynna alongside the road – they said he’s not a suspect but just someone who likely spoke to the couple hours before they were murdered.

Manitoba RCMP said Derek Whisenand is believed to be travelling with a dog. They shared a photo of the dog. He has a pentagram tattoo on his lower left wrist.

Whisenand is described as 6-feet, about 230 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair.

RCMP believe he crossed into Canada south of Winkler, Manitoba, on June 24. They thought he then travelled to Winnipeg and possibly eastern Canada.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team at 204-324-9177 or submit a tip through Crime Stoppers.

Be careful in northern BC: Police

During a press conference July 22, BC RCMP said given the tragic and unusual investigations the public should have “heightened vigilance” when travelling in northern B.C.

Police remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.

“We have two major investigations underway within northern BC. We are mindful that it is an area that will see seasonal travellers and campers from abroad, as well as motorists and businesses moving between BC, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory and Alaska,” said Janelle Sgt. Shoihet.
“We are asking those people who may have been in the area during the times we have listed, and may have seen anything or have dashcam video, to please call our Tipline.

“With respect to public safety, we share the concerns being raised given the tragic and unusual nature of the two investigations we have underway,” added Sgt. Shoihet. 

“We would like to stress the importance of heightened vigilance and awareness for anyone travelling in the area. We encourage people to camp in known or established locations. In addition, general safety precautions continue to apply: make sure family or friends are aware of your travel plans, establish check-in times to provide updates and make sure that if your plans change you let someone know.”
 

Area where murdered couple found. RCMP photo

Anyone with any information is about Kam and Bryer is asked to please call Dease Lake RCMP 250-771-4111, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.

If you have any information relating to the man in the composite sketch, Chynna and Lucas deaths or the blue van they were driving and have not already spoken to police, we ask that you call the Major Crime Tipline at 1-800-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.

More to come

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