A horrific double homicide that rocked Utah’s scenic Moab group in mid-August stays unsolved one month later, leaving residents involved for his or her security and additionally frightened that one other lacking individual case – that of Gabby Petito – could also be overshadowing it.

Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, had been discovered useless on Aug. 18 with a number of gunshot wounds within the South Mesa space of the La Sal Loop Road, police stated final month. They had final been seen alive on Aug. 13 at Woody’s Tavern in downtown Moab.

Cindy Sue Hunter, a pal of the victims, informed Fox News she set out to search for them round 11 a.m. on the day they had been discovered.

Crystal Turner, proper, and Kylen Schulte, had final been seen alive on Aug. 13 at Woody’s Tavern in downtown Moab.
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Then she stumbled upon against the law scene within the South Mesa space of La Sal Loop Road, southeast of city.


She discovered Schulte in a creek partially clothed with a number of gunshot wounds.

“Her arms and legs were at an awkward angle, and I went into shock in that moment,” Hunter stated.

Fearing the killer or killers may nonetheless be close by, Hunter stated she referred to as police and didn’t search additional for Turner.

“I felt that Crystal was further south and that she had been brutalized more than Kylen; it’s just a feeling I have,” she stated. 

The couple had informed buddies earlier {that a} suspicious man was creeping them out close to their campsite and that they needed to transfer.

“We don’t think they got a chance to,” Hunter stated. “We think they were ambushed.”

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office has launched few extra particulars within the case, citing the continued investigation.

Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were last seen alive at Woody's Tavern in Moab on Aug. 13.

Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte had been final seen alive at Woody’s Tavern in Moab on Aug. 13.
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The horrific crime has shocked Moab residents, who quantity simply above 5,200, in accordance to U.S. Census knowledge. Authorities haven’t but publicly recognized any suspects.

“This happens every day in other cities, but Moab is small,” stated Erin Bird, co-owner of the Moab Garage Co. espresso store on Main Street, across the nook from the place Schulte labored on the Moonflower Cooperative grocery retailer. 

“We’re a really small community – 5,000 people in a town and lost two people,” she stated.

Local companies and nameless donors are providing a $20,000 reward for data that might crack the case, the sheriff’s workplace stated. Anyone with data is requested to name investigators at (435) 259-8115.

The space sees quite a few guests, however few crimes, in accordance to locals. Rental automobiles and resort rooms had been exhausting to discover this week, and cross-country vacationers and vans, RVs and different automobiles are seemingly all over the place.

Bird stated that she typically crossed paths with Schulte at Moonflower when her espresso store ran out of varied components. The longtime cashier knew she’d be in a rush and would deal with her shortly, Bird stated.

The Moonflower Cooperative organic grocery store in Moab, Utah, is a point of connection between two unsolved cases that have attracted national attention.

The Moonflower Cooperative natural grocery retailer in Moab, Utah, is a degree of connection between two unsolved instances which have attracted nationwide consideration.
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“She had a very kind presence, a gentle presence,” Bird stated. “She was really approachable and sweet.”

Across the road, on the Trailhead Public House, staff stated each Schulte and Turner had been fantastic individuals. They had deliberate on hiring Turner, and the couple would have had jobs subsequent door to each other.

A day earlier than the couple went lacking, on Aug. 12, an incident associated to one other unsolved case happened simply exterior the Moonflower, the place Schulte had been working till 3 p.m. 

A witness referred to as police to report a home incident between Gabby Petito, who has since gone lacking, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, at round 4:30 p.m. that day.


Police discovered them about quarter-hour later dashing down a mountain highway simply north of city, pulled them over and in the end determined not to press costs.

The responding officers arrange Laundrie with a resort room via a nonprofit group and left Petito with the van. 

Petito final made contact along with her mom Aug. 25. Police stated Laundrie drove again to Florida in her van and arrived Sept. 1 with out Petito. Petito’s mom reported her lacking 10 days later after she couldn’t attain her daughter, and Laundrie and his dad and mom allegedly failed to reply to her calls.

Laundrie has not cooperated with investigators within the lacking individuals case, and Grand County, Utah, authorities are “actively” wanting into whether or not the 2 instances are related, Sheriff Steven White stated Thursday.

The FBI and police departments in a number of states are additionally concerned within the instances.

Fox News’ Cristina Corbin contributed to this report.