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Missing Woman Gabby Petito And Her Boyfriend Were In Moab Around The Same Time As Newlyweds' Double Murder
Investigators are not ruling out any possible connection between the shooting deaths of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner and the disappearance of Gabby Petito.
Update: On Friday, Sept. 17, Grand County Sheriff Steven White said in a statement that the murders of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner are not related to the disappearance of Gabby Petito.
Investigators in Utah are not ruling out a potential connection between the heinous murder of two newlyweds and the disappearance of missing Long Island woman Gabby Petito, authorities said this week.
"We're looking at everything, I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we're not ruling anything out at this time," a spokesperson for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Wednesday when asked if they were looking into any possible connections between the two cases. "So we're just investigating the information as it comes in."
Newlyweds Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were found slain on Aug. 18 at their campsite in the La Sal Mountains, located a few miles from Moab. Both had been shot multiple times. The couple was last seen was on Aug 13, leaving Woody’s Tavern in Moab, Utah’s KTSU reported last week.
Friends of the couple revealed that they had complained of a man who they said was creeping them out before their murders.
"Investigators were informed that Kylen had mentioned to her friends that if something happened to them, that they were murdered," according to a search warrant obtained by KTSU. "Kylen had continued by saying there was a ‘creepy man’ around their camp and they had been intimidated by him."
While their killer was not captured, investigators said in August that there was “no current danger to the public in the Grand County area.”
Petito 22, and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, were in the Moab area around the same time that the newlywed couple was murdered. The couple were traveling across the country in Petito’s converted camper van and were pulled over by officers in Moab, Utah on Aug. 12, Moab Police Chief Bret Edge told Oxygen.com in a statement on Wednesday. Someone had witnessed the couple get into a heated argument outside the Moonflower Community Cooperative and called 911.
Schulte, in fact, worked as a casher at the cooperative, according to her Facebook page, though the president of the co-op told Fox News that no one from the store had witnessed the incident involving Petito and Laundrie.
No charges were filed and the officers separated the pair, taking Laundrie to a hotel room while Petito left with the van. Both agreed to not contact each other until the next morning. Laundrie is now considered a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance; he returned to his hometown of Florida with her van for a total of 10 days prior to Petito being reported missing. Her family in Long Island reported her missing on Saturday; they'd lost contact with her in late August.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.