A newlywed couple found shot to death in Utah, ending a four-day search near national park


A Utah couple was found dead from gunshot wounds after a four-day search in Moab, Utah, about an hour away from Arches National Park.

On Wednesday, the bodies of 38-year-old Crystal Turner and 24-year-old Kylen Schulte were found by a family friend in the eastern area of the state where they were camping in their van. 

Schulte and Turner went missing Aug. 14, four days before they were found dead from gunshot wounds, according to the Grand County Sheriff's Office. 

The couple, originally from Arkansas and Montana, respectively, were married just four months ago and lived in the van while working in the Moab area with no family nearby.

On Tuesday, Schulte's father posted on Facebook that they hadn't been to work, hadn't called, were not in the hospital and were not in a jail in the area. 

"Kylen and Crystal told close friends that there was a weirdo camping near them that was freaking them out !!! And that they should move campsites. Now they have been missing for over 4 days and nights!" Sean-Paul Schulte posted early Wednesday morning.

A newlywed couple found shot to death in Utah, ending a four-day search near national park

Cindy Sue Hunter, the family friend who found the couple dead on Wednesday, posted on Facebook that "the desperation of your pleas for help on [Facebook], and the presence of your voice over the phone gave me the strength and courage needed to find them."

The couple's bodies were transported to a medical examiner's office, which determined the cause of death as gunshot wounds, a statement from the sheriff's office read.

Schulte's aunt, Bridget Calvert, began a Facebook Group when the newlyweds were reported missing titled "Justice for Kylen and Crystal - Moab, UT." The group has around 1,300 members as of Monday morning. 

The sheriff's office is conducting a homicide investigation, though officials believe there is no current danger to the public. Officials did not say if any suspects have been identified. 

Officials encouraged anyone with information on the deaths of Turner and Schulte to contact the Grand County Sheriff's Office at (435) 259-8115.

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K. Sophie Will is the National Parks Reporter for The Spectrum & Daily News through the Report for America initiative by The GroundTruth Project. Follow her on Twitter at @ksophiewill or email her at [email protected] Donate to Report for America here.