Federal and state authorities have joined in the investigation of the deaths of a female couple at a campsite in Utah.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Utah’s State Bureau of Investigation are assisting the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in the probe of the homicides of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner, Salt Lake City TV station KSTU reports. The women, who were newlyweds and lived in Moab, were found shot to death last Wednesday.
“Just know that everything is being done that we can possibly do; that is why we have asked for the additional resources. We want to make sure we do it thorough. We do it complete and we do it right,” Sheriff Steven White told the station. His staff is also working extra shifts, he said, amid questions from the public if enough was being done to solve the crime.
“There is a lot of curiosity in the town as far as if law enforcement is doing anything they can and if they did everything they could in the very beginning,” their friend Laura Lee Green told KSTU.
Schulte and Turner were last seen at a tavern in Moab the Saturday before their deaths, and they had called friends that night saying they were worried about “a weirdo camping near them that was freaking them out,” according to social media posts. They were planning to move to a different campsite.
When they didn’t show up at their jobs, friends, family, and coworkers knew something was wrong. A friend went searching and discovered one body, then called sheriff’s deputies, who found the second.
Schulte, 24, and Turner, 38, married four months ago. Schulte was originally from Montana and Turner from Arkansas. They loved the outdoors, and they were well-liked in their community. “[Schulte] having such a beautiful soul, to see it complemented with someone like Crystal, that they could really enjoy life and do it together,” Bridget Calvert, Schulte’s aunt, told KSTU.
“We’re going to let their love-light shine,” Calvert added. “They had the most beautiful love, and that light is not stopping.”
Sheriff’s Office personnel have said they believe the killings were an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the public. They ask that anyone with information call (435) 259-8115.