Suspect named in murders of Kylen Schulte, Crystal Turner

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In August, Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner, newlyweds who frequently camped around Moab, Utah, were found shot to death in the La Sal Mountains near their camp. Days before, they had told friends that a “creepy guy” had been bothering them on the site and that they planned to move.

The killings unnerved the 5,300-strong Utah community, but at the time, law enforcement officials shared little about their investigation.

Now, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office says Adam Pinkusiewicz, a man who had worked at the same McDonald’s as Turner, has been identified as a suspect. According to Sheriff Steven White’s announcement Wednesday, Pinkusiewicz committed suicide sometime after Schulte and Turner were found dead.

Pinkusiewicz was in the La Sal and Moab mountains when the killings occurred, later describing the killings to “another party” while providing “specific details known only to investigators,” according to the announcement. The sheriff’s office said he left the state shortly after the women were killed.

The bodies of Schulte and Turner were discovered three weeks before Gabby Petito went missing and was later found dead in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, a 7 1/2-hour drive north of Moab. On August 12, just one day before Schulte and Turner were last seen in public, Petito and her boyfriend were seen arguing outside the Moab health food store where Schulte worked. Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, who committed suicide, claimed responsibility for Petito’s death in writing, according to the FBI.

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Charlie Mercier told The Washington Post that he worked with Schulte at the Moonflower Community Cooperative but didn’t know her well. “She was always smiling and happy,” Mercier said, explaining that Schulte was working at the market when she started there a year ago.

“We were all very sad to lose Kylen,” she said, reacting to the news that Pinkusiewicz had been named a suspect. “It’s all stupid and pointless and he just wants to make me cry. It’s a sad night.

Schulte, 24, and Turner, 38, were married in April in Arkansas, where Turner was from. Bridget Calvert, Schulte’s aunt, told The Post in August that the couple was “one unit.”

The newlyweds told their friends about a “creepy guy” at their Utah camp. Five days later, they were found shot to death.

“Kylen always had this kindness and sweetness and love,” Calvert added. “…With Crystal, she had someone she could enjoy that with.”

The women were last seen in public on August 13 at a local bar, where they discussed a man who had been causing them trouble at their camp, someone Calvert described as “a creepy weird guy,” The Post reported in that moment. .

Three days later, Turner did not show up for work at McDonalds. Two days later, on August 18, the bodies of Schulte and Turner were found.

It is unclear if Pinkusiewicz worked at McDonald’s at the same time as Turner or if the two knew each other. The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that Pinkusiewicz was one of many persons of interest in the case.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation into the deaths of Turner and Schulte will continue, even though Pinkusiewicz is no longer alive. As of now, investigators are asking anyone with more information about Pinkusiewicz or his 2007 Toyota Yaris to contact them.

Meryl Kornfield and Katie Shepherd contributed to this report.

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