Two campers found murdered by gunshot in the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road in Grand County, Utah

The bodies of Crystal Michelle Turner (38) and Kylen Carrol Schulte (24) were found on Wednesday in the South Mesa area in Grand County, Utah. A murder investigation is underway.

AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A KILLER. This story will likely have several updates, some more considerable than others. Please stay tuned to local, State or National news for the most up-to-date coverage.

According to Fox 13,

GRAND COUNTY, Utah — The cause of death for the two women who were found dead Wednesday in the South Mesa area of the La Sal Loop Road in Grand County, Utah has been determined to be from gunshot wounds.

Officials with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office have identified the victims as 38-year old Crystal Michelle Turner and 24-year-old Kylen Carrol Schulte.

“At this time the Grand County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an on-going homicide investigation,” a press release from officials reads. “We are 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. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office believes there is no current danger to the public in the Grand County area.”

GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral expenses for the women. Although it was set up by the Schulte family, they say they will be helping the Turner family financially as well.

“Kylen’s heart has always been full of love and life and God,” Schulte’s family wrote on GoFundMe. “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.”

In a press release officials said they, “express our deepest sympathies and remorse to the victims’ families and friends,” and will provide more information to the public as it becomes available.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation should contact the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at 435-259-8115.

Other details from Fox 13,

The newlyweds married just four months ago and were well-loved by the Moab community. Schulte’s aunt, Bridget Calvert, said that Schulte had worked at Moonflower Community Cooperative the past four years and many who shopped there knew her.

The two turned a van into a camper, sharing photos on Instagram with #vanlife and #wifelife. They called the outdoors around Moab home.

When 24-year-old Schulte and 38-year-old Turner were no-call, no-shows at work two days in a row, friends and family knew something wasn’t right.

All the couple’s family live out-of-state — Schulte is from Montana and Turner from Arkansas.

They had to rely on others to try to figure out where the two were. Calvert said that police searched some campgrounds in the area, but they knew the couple enjoyed camping in more primitive places.

A family acquaintance in Moab took it upon herself to launch her own search, and Calvert described how the woman loaded up her car with supplies and headed out into the La Sal Mountains.

That friend came upon a horrifying discovery in the South Mesa area Wednesday.

“She was on the phone with my brother when she pulled up to the car,” Calvert said, talking about the couple’s Kia.

She said the friend looked at the site and saw a body. She stayed in her car and immediately called the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies came out and found a second body.

Calvert described how her brother, Schulte’s dad, delivered the news to the family.

“Then he sent a text and said, ‘It’s Kylen and Crystal, and they’re with Mac now,’ my nephew,” Calvert said, getting choked up.

Mackeon Schulte, Kylen’s brother, was killed six years ago at the age of 15. The family said he was shot by a friend.

Grand County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Shan Hackwell explained that they are investigating the deaths as homicides. They don’t have a suspect in custody, and he said they haven’t identified a suspect yet.

Missing NPF is following developments to this case closely and will release new information once it has been obtained and vetted.

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