Kylen Schulte and Crystal Beck, the Utah couple killed at a campsite in Utah last week, had been complaining about a “weirdo” camping next to them before their sudden disappearance. The couple’s bodies were found Wednesday and police confirmed they were shot and killed. The shooter is still on the loose, and it’s not confirmed who killed Kylen Schulte and Crystal Beck.
Video camera footage from Woody’s Tavern in Moab showed the Utah couple the day before the pair went missing, relaxing at the local bar with their friends. Both Kylen and Crystal, who were regulars at the tavern, could be seen in the footage telling friends about the “weirdo” camping next to them in the La Sal Mountains.
One of their friends Kayla Borza told reporters that “we were just having a great time, having a couple of drinks, and all they said was there was a creep [staying] next to them.” She said “that was it” – the last time she saw Kylen and Crystal. While the murders are still under investigation, Borza has made up her mind. She believes the creep killed them. Though she admitted that she doesn’t “know why the creep wanted to kill them.”
In footage from Woody’s Tavern, Kylen and Crystal can be seen laughing and having fun with their friends. They reportedly got married in April and spent a lot of time at the bar. Arielle Beck, a bar manager for the Moab tavern, said that the pair had stayed for about three hours on Aug. 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Then they left the bar but were noticeably not followed by anyone from inside the tavern.
When the women went missing, most people didn’t realize there was a problem. Though they hadn’t been seen for a couple of days, friends said Kylen and Crystal were “badasses” who could defend themselves. It wasn’t until Kylen Schulte’s father told one of their friends about a disturbing phone call that things jumped into overdrive.
“He said, ‘I just found out that there was a creeper dude that they were scared of. That they needed to move their camp,’” Cindy Sue Hunter recalled of her conversation with Schulte’s father. That was when Hunter found her “sense of urgency” and decided to go searching for her friends. The father begged the 64-year-old to help find them because he was stuck 700 miles away in Montana.
Hunter began searching for Kylen and Crystal in the La Sal Mountains. She claimed she was “hearing in my head and arguing with myself all day that I needed to go.” Hunter even admitted to “talking out loud to the girls, begging them to give me a sign” as she drove through the lesser-known campgrounds that the Utah couple liked to stay in.
“I don’t want to say I had voices in my head, but I was told to ‘Go straight and hurry,’” Hunter explained to reporters. She claimed she finally spotted their car on an “easy to miss” side road and had a very bad feeling. While on the phone with Schulte’s dad, Sean, Hunter found Kylen Schulte’s body.
She admitted that “at that point, Sean was screaming at me to run back to my car.” She complied and waited until the police arrived. She said “it felt like hours before they got there” and that “the wait time was pretty hard.”
According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Kylen and Crystal were “transported to the Medical Examiner’s Officer to determine the cause of death.” The preliminary investigation provided evidence to support the women died from gunshot wounds. There is an ongoing homicide investigation and the sheriff’s office is “currently following up with any and all leads that come to our attention during this investigation and will continue to be available to people who come forward with information.”
It was said that there is no immediate threat to the surrounding Grand County communities. Anyone with information that can lead to an arrest is asked to contact the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at 435-259-8115.