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A SUSPECT has been named in the double murder of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner in a case with ties to late vlogger Gabby Petito.

The bombshell update came on Wednesday, when a Utah sheriff's office identified an employee of the same McDonald's where Turner worked in Moab as a suspect in the couple's killings.

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A suspect has been named in the double homicide of Kylen Schulte and Crystal TurnerCredit: Facebook
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Adam Pinkusiewicz was identified on Wednesday as a suspect by the Grand County Sheriff’s OfficeCredit: Grand County Sheriff’s Office
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The slain couple was once believed to have had ties to late vlogger Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian LaundrieCredit: Instagram

Adam Pinkusiewicz was described by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office as one of many persons of interest after Turner, 38, and Schulte, 24, were shot dead at a campsite in the La Sal mountain range.

The couple were avid campers who were last seen in August 2021 at the nearby Woody’s Tavern after Schulte complained about a “creepy guy” hanging around their camp.

In their announcement on Wednesday, authorities alleged that Pinkusiewicz confessed to two murders before he was found dead.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office said its investigators made numerous attempts to find and interview Pinkusiewicz during the investigation.

“Through continued analysis and evidence collection, the GCSO learned that Pinkusiewicz was in the La Sals and Moab at the time of the homicides, had left the state of Utah shortly after the homicides, and committed suicide,” a sheriff's office news release said.

No further details about the man's reported suicide were released.

Investigators also claim that Pinkusiewicz told someone prior to his death that he killed two women in Utah.

He also reportedly provided details specific about the murders that only investigators knew.

The sheriff's office said it seized Pinkusiewicz's car, a 2007 Yaris. Investigators are now seeking information from the public about the vehicle.

The investigation is still ongoing and the case has not yet been closed, according to sheriff's officials.

DOG ON THE CASE

It was revealed this week that TV star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is in Moab looking for clues in the couple's murder.

He has been spending time with Schulte’s father, Sean-Paul Schulte.

“God bless him for coming,” Schulte told KUTV 2News before the bombshell update on Wednesday.

“I hope he can shake the tree and a rotten apple falls out.”

A new billboard recently went up on the south end of Moab asking for tips and information to help in the case.

“There’s really a grassroots movement,” the woman who organized efforts for the billboard said.

She added that people from across the US came forward with donations for it and to add to reward money for an arrest.

The woman said she hoped that Dog’s presence would help bring more attention to the investigation.

“I think people are willing to talk to Dog,” Schulte’s father Sean-Paul said.

“Let’s see what happens. I’m excited to have him here helping, have that many boots on the ground.”

It was unclear on Wednesday what role, if any, Dog had in the sheriff's office's efforts to locate a suspect.

NEW DOCUMENTS

In February, new documents revealed that after Schulte and her wife Turner were found dead at their campsite, police issued a search warrant for a 27-year-old man who was pulled over one day after the couple was reported missing.

The report of the suspicious man's encounter with the police outlined an interaction “so unnerving that the veteran law enforcement officer decided not to write the speeding ticket as he did not want to take his eyes off of him.”

After the newlyweds' bodies were discovered, police obtained a search warrant for the unnamed man's vehicle and interviewed him at his place of work -- Moonflower Market, coincidentally where Schulte also worked before her murder.

However, the man had recently started his job at the co-op and said he never worked directly with Schulte. But as law enforcement left the market, they were told that the man frequented the market before he worked there, and had given another cashier a red rose.

The couple's deaths came days after Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie were said to have argued at the Moonflower Co-Op where Schulte worked.

Given the closeness of time and location of the two incidents, investigators once speculated that the cases could be linked.

On September 16, 2021 the Grand County Sheriff's Office announced in a press release that they were "in contact with Florida authorities" and were "actively looking into any connection" between the cases.

The FBI later revealed that Brian Laundrie admitted in a notebook to killing Gabby Petito and used fake texts to mislead the police.

It was also confirmed that Laundrie's parents will not be charged over Gabby Petito's murder as her family attorney said there's "no doubt" the fiancé killed the vlogger.

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