Warrants: If something happens to us, we were murdered, Moab victim told friends

Crystal Beck, left, and Kylen Schulte, on a 2020 road trip. The two women were found last month dead in a creek with multiple gunshot wounds.

Crystal Beck, left, and Kylen Schulte, on a 2020 road trip. The two women were found last month dead in a creek with multiple gunshot wounds. (Instagram)

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MOAB — Two Moab women found dead in the La Sal Mountains were each shot multiple times and their bodies found in a creek.

That and other new information regarding the killings of Kylen "Ky" Carrol Schulte, 24, and Crystal Michelle Turner, 38, were revealed this week in a pair of search warrant affidavits filed in 7th District Court.

The women were last seen on Friday, Aug. 13 about 8:30 p.m. leaving Woody's Tavern on Main Street in Moab. They drove to a campsite in the La Sal Mountains.

At some point during the weekend, friends say the women called to inform others that they were moving to a different campsite because of a "weirdo" nearby who was "freaking them out."

"Investigators were informed that Kylen had mentioned to her friends that if something happened to them, that they were murdered. Kylen had continued by saying there was a 'creepy man' around their camp and they had been intimidated by him," the warrants state.

Schulte and Turner were reported missing on Aug. 16 after failing to show up for work.

On Aug. 18, Schulte's boss and friend Cindy Sue Hunter, who went looking for the missing women, found their bodies at their campsite in the South Mesa area and called police. Officers noted in the warrants that they found the women's car, tent, a makeshift rabbit shelter, and items common for long-term camping at the site.

"In a nearby creek, two female bodies were found. The bodies were identified as belonging to Crystal Turner and her wife Kylen Schulte. Both women were undressed from the waist down," the warrants state. "Investigators located multiple gunshot wounds on both bodies. The wounds were located on the backs, sides, and/or chests of the victims."

Grand County Sheriff's Capt. Shan Hackwell said Thursday he did not know if the women were sexually assaulted. Hackwell said detectives are still waiting for final reports and tests to be returned from the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and State Crime Lab.

No arrests have been made and no suspects named. Multiple agencies, including the FBI and the State Bureau of Investigation, are assisting with the case.

While the Grand County Sheriff's Office has kept details of the investigation close to the vest, the new warrants give indications of some of the evidence that has been collected.

Schulte and Turner's Kia Sorento that was found at the campsite was impounded to collect evidence. A second vehicle, a 1987 Ford Econoline van, also registered to the women, left in the parking lot of McDonald's in Moab was also seized. Inside the van, investigators found a black journal with newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, prescription meds and drug paraphernalia, the warrant states.

A second search warrant was served at A1 Storage Units where the women had a unit that they shared with Schulte's father. More drug paraphernalia, a small amount of drugs, cellphones and tablets were seized, according to the warrant.

Sean-Paul Schulte, Ky Schulte's father, recently returned to Moab seeking answers in the women's deaths.

A pair of $10,000 rewards have been offered by business owners in Moab for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the killings.

Anyone with information about the women's deaths is asked to call the sheriff's office at 435-259-8115.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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