Persons of interest have been detected in the twin murder of a newlywed couple in Utah — following the FBI formally ruled out Brian Laundrie as the killer.
Kylen Schulte, 24, and her 38-year-old wife, Crystal Turner, were discovered shot to death at a campsite in the city of Moab on Aug. 18 following criticism concerning a “weirdo” and “creep” who had been encamping near them.
Inspectors in September disclosed they were “actively looking” into feasible links between the double slay and the vanishing of Laundrie, 23, and his Long Island girlfriend Gabby Petito, 22, who were both still missing at the time.
Prior to Laundrie killing Petito, they were last seen when they were stopped by police in Moab in the course of a fight on Aug. 13 — the day following Schulte and Turner were last seen. The fight as well appeared to have commenced outside a community cooperative where Schulte worked.
In an update last Wednesday, Grand County Sheriff Steven White noted in a Facebook post the
“considerable conjecture that Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were somehow involved in the double homicide.”
Nevertheless, the sheriff reiterated,
“Upon investigation, the FBI and Florida Investigators have determined, based on electronic transmission evidence, that neither Petito nor Laundrie were involved in this case.”
The sheriff did not elucidate on what proof ruled out a link still warned that continuing to spread the rumors can be
“unhelpful to the criminal investigation, if not dangerous.”
White said the dual assassination scrutinization is “active and ongoing,” with continuing assistance from federal agents.
“has persons of interest but has not yet identified a suspect,”
The medical examiner established that Schulte and Turner — who as well used the name Crystal Beck — were “shot multiple times” notwithstanding had not been sexually assaulted, the update said.
Schulte’s father, Sean-Paul Schulte, told KSL News Radio that proceeding “speculation by web sleuths” was a diversion in the hunt for the real killer.
“They have told us that Brian and Gabby were not involved in our case. We have no reason to dispute that,”
he said, saying the lone known link is all four were in Moab at the same time.
“There is no point in continuing to waste time, energy, effort, news and press over Brian and Gabby,”
he said of the pair, who were on a cross-country trip at the time.
Laundrie next acknowledged killing Petito in a notebook entry he wrote quickly before he took his own life, the FBI disclosed Friday in its concluding report on the case.