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

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 8/23/2021 K. Sophie Will, St. George Spectrum & Daily News
graphical user interface: Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were found dead in an apparent murder near Moab, Utah while camping on August 18, 2021. © Kylen Schulte's Facebook Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were found dead in an apparent murder near Moab, Utah while camping on August 18, 2021.

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

Wednesday, the bodies of Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, 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, according to the Grand County Sheriff's Office. 

The couple were married four months ago and lived in the van while working in the Moab area. They had no family nearby.

Tuesday, Schulte's father posted on Facebook that they hadn't been to work, hadn't called and were not in area hospitals or jails. 

"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.

Sirpa Lane posing for the camera: Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were found dead near Moab, Utah, on Aug. 18. © Sean-Paul Schulte's Facebook Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were found dead near Moab, Utah, on Aug. 18.

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.

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

The sheriff's office is conducting a homicide investigation, though officials said there is no danger to the public. Officials did not say whether  any suspects had 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 kswill@thespectrum.com. Donate to Report for America here.

This article originally appeared on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: A newlywed couple found shot to death in Utah, ending a four-day search near national park

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