Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were shot and killed at a Utah campsite last week. Their bodies were found in the La Sal Mountains Wednesday. Now police are following clues in the couple’s mysterious death after friends revealed that a man had been “creeping them out” just before they went missing.
According to Schulte’s aunt, Bridget Calvert, the newlywed couple had been complaining to their friends that a man near the campsite was acting weird. “They said they were going to go move,” Calvert explained. “They were going to go pack up and move their campsite – that he was still creeping them out.”
Police are treating the deaths as a homicide, however, as of Monday morning, no suspects had been identified. Authorities did say that the fatal shootings appeared to be isolated and that there was no immediate danger to the nearby Utah communities.
Kylen Schulte, 24, and her wife, Crystal Turner, 38, had only been married for four months when they were reported missing in mid-August. A friend of theirs found one of the bodies last Wednesday in a remote part of the La Sal mountains. Soon after the discovery, police located the second body near the couple’s campervan.
Calvert told reporters that the friend “was on the phone with my brother when she pulled up to the car.” The couple’s Kia was parked in a remote part of the La Sal Mountains. Calvert continued, saying that the friend looked at the site and quickly made the gruesome discovery. She stayed in her car and called the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Calvert’s brother, Schulte’s dad, who had been on the phone with the friend during the tragic find, had to deliver the bad news to the rest of the family. Calvert recalled the text her brother sent. “‘It’s Kylen and Crystal, and they’re with Mac now,’ my nephew,” Calvert explained. Mac was Schulte’s brother who was shot and killed in 2015 when he was only 15 years old.
The investigation is ongoing. Police are still trying to understand what happened leading up to the mysterious deaths.
Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner had been living out of their van for months, according to their friends. Most of their family and friends live out of state. One of their close friends, Brittany Garcia, said that “you sit here and think, ‘What happened? Why won’t they tell us anything? Why did this happen to these girls?’ They were the life of the party, and you sit here and think, ‘Why them?'”
There are still so many questions surrounding the couple’s untimely deaths. Laura Lee Green echoed the sentiment, saying the community is devastated by the recent loss.
“Of course, if they can find the killer, that would be the best justice we could all have,” Green admitted, “but there is a big part of us that is missing, a big part of Moab that is missing now. I think everyone around here just knew them, just knew of them, knew them, they had such big energy that when you met them you were instantly best friends.”
Green helped organize a vigil held Sunday that honored Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner. Friends, family, and many people from the Moab community attended. “Songs, stories, and lots of hugs tonight as the community remembers Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner,” Fox13 reporter Sydney Glenn tweeted.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the families pay the funeral costs. In four days the fund has reached nearly $30,000, double its starting goal. Bridget Calvert and Kevin Schulte organized the GoFundMe campaign, writing on the page that Kylen Schulte “has been the moon and the stars since that day she was born. Kylen’s heart has always been full of love and life and God. She was the best sister, daughter, niece, and cousin. She was a true free spirit that lived for the joy in her heart not the hatred in the world.”
The post continued, explaining that the newlywed couple lived in Moab, Ut. and “found their way from the best campsite to the next but always showed up for work with the best ethic and greatest intent… We do not have details and answers at this time. But what we do know is that we want Kylen to lay to rest with her brother Mackeon Daniel Schulte.”
The fund will help support Sean-Paul Schulte, who “prepares to bury a second child.” It continued, saying that this “fund is specifically to raise money for Kylen’s dad, Sean-Paul Schulte, to be able to travel and get Kylen to Billings, MT for a proper burial with her family.”