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A married couple from Utah were found slain at a campsite days after telling friends a man had been “creeping them out,” according to family.
Newlyweds Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were reported missing when they did not show up to work for two consecutive days, according to local Utah station Fox 13. On Wednesday, the couple was found dead at their campsite in the La Sal Mountains.
A preliminary investigation conducted by the Medical Examiner’s Office determined they were shot to death, according to a press release by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Steven White said that it did not appear to be a murder-suicide, according to local station KUTV News.
“We do think it was an outside party,” White told KUTV. “There has not been any firearms recovered from that area at this time.”
New details are emerging from those closest to the couple.
Schulte’s aunt, Bridget Calvert, said the couple’s friends discussed how they had mentioned a man who made them feel uneasy the week before, according to Fox 13. The pair talked with friends about the unknown man for a second time, just four days before their bodies were found.
“They said they were going to move. They were going to go pack up and move their campsite,” said Calvert. “That he was still creeping them out.”
Calvert explained that Schulte and Turner’s families live out of state, with Schulte being from Montana and Turner from Arkansas, making the search more difficult when it became clear the two were missing. According to Fox 13, Calvert had to rely on the help of a Utah-based acquaintance who knew Kylen and volunteered to search the mountains.
“She was on the phone with my brother when she pulled up to the [couple’s] car,” Calvert told Fox 13.
When the friend found the first body, she stayed in her vehicle and called the sheriff’s office.
Deputies found the second body soon after.
While the Grand County Sheriff’s Office stated they were treating the deaths as homicides, they don’t believe there is a danger to the public.
“The evidence that we’ve gathered at this time, that’s what it’s led us to believe was an isolated incident,” Captain Shan Hackwell told Fox 13, though he also confirmed confirming they had not yet identified a suspect.
“What is very uncomforting is that there 100 percent is a murderer on the loose,” said Calvert.
Schulte was an employee at the Moonflower Community Cooperative, a natural foods store based in Moab.
“The Moonflower family is heartbroken to share the news of the recent tragic passing of one of our dear employees,” they posted on their Facebook page. “Her genuine kindness, radiant energy, and tireless work ethic touched the lives of countless people and will be deeply missed by Moonflower and the Moab community.”
Schulte and Turner had been married for only four months and frequently took camping trips since converting their van into a camper, according to Fox 13.
“Her having such a beautiful soul, to see it complimented with someone like Crystal—that they could really enjoy life and do it together,” Calvert said of Schulte.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at 435-259-8115.
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