Brian Laundrie Possibly Tied to Double Murder?

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Kylen Carrol Schulte and Crystal Michelle Turner (Kylen is the taller of the two)Family of Kylen Schulte

A private investigator, Jason Jensen, thinks police should take a closer look to see if there is a connection between Gabby Petito’s death and a recent double homicide in the same area. Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, were the victims of a double homicide at a campsite in Moab. They were both fatally shot. The two were last seen August 13 leaving Woody’s Tavern in Moab at around 9:30 p.m. A post to the tavern’s Facebook page says the couple was “very much in love with each other and their focus and attention were always on each other.”

According to Crime Online, a family member said on social media that the couple had called them Saturday night saying they needed to change campsites because of a “weirdo camping near them that was freaking them out.” KSL reported that the bodies of the two women were found in the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road.

Grand County Sherriff’s Office advised,

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 to come forward with information.

They further went on to confirm that both women were killed by a third person, and this was clearly not a murder-suicide. A suspect has yet to be named, but investigators were adamant they have yet to find a connection between the two women’s tragic death and Gabby Petito’s case.

Grand County Sheriff Steven White ultimately posted a press release on the agency’s official Facebook page, further confirming that the Petito case is not related to the double homicide. Jason Jensen, advised that this is a premature move and that the connection shouldn’t be ruled out yet. He states,

We wonder who this guy is and I don’t think there is a coincidence that somebody else is the murderer, I think it’s really this creepy guy.

Jensen went on to tell ABC4’s affiliate NewsNation,

If you know anything about Kylen and Crystal, they were very down-to-earth people, they were not debutants that somebody would be beneath them. It would take a lot for this guy to be creepy in their eyes.

There are indeed connections in the timeline of both cases. Schulte worked at the organic co-op Moonflower at the time of her death. Both Petito and Laundrie had been at Moonflower during their trip through Moab on August 12, getting into a verbal altercation while there.

When Brian and Gabby got into an argument during their time at Moonflower, Moab officers ended up pulling their white van over and separating them overnight during the same timeframe in which it is believed Schulte and Turner were killed.

Schulte and Turner didn’t take any photos of the “weirdo” man and they never gave a description of him. But Jensen said that until authorities can prove that Laundrie was not in the area at the time of the couple’s killing, he shouldn’t be ruled out.

Jensen added,

They are not saying his name so it’s someone they are completely unfamiliar with, obviously someone like a Brian Laundrie that’s from out of town.

Woody’s Tavern let it be known their negative thoughts towards Grand County Sheriff’s Office and how they feel they are completely botching this case. In a lengthy Facebook post, the owner of the establishment stated that the police are mishandling the case, even when provided evidence.

The tavern owner gave great details about the slain couple's time at the business with their other two friends. An excerpt of the post expressed,

All four women left at the same time, and no one followed them out the door, we have cameras and I have seen the footage of their entry, exit, and time in between. It has been incredibly frustrating for us because it didn't matter how many times we told the police they had the wrong day and therefore the wrong timeframe on their last days it did not matter.

Grand County Sherriff’s Office has not provided any further updates at this time, and Brian Laundrie remains on the run. Anyone with information on Laundrie’s whereabouts should contact the FBI at: http://tips.fbi.gov, call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or 303-629-7171. Upload photos and videos to: http://fbi.gov/petito.

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