Authorities in Utah have named the suspect in the slayings of newlyweds Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner as Adam Pinkusiewicz, who worked at the same McDonald’s as Turner. He found her shot to death last August, along with her wife, in a camp near Moab.
Pinkusiewicz had been identified as a person of interest in the case after the women’s bodies were found, but authorities were unable to find him; he took his own life a month after the killings, Grand County Sheriff Steven White said at a news conference Wednesday.
The former McDonald’s employee confessed to killing the two women before their deaths, revealing details known only to investigators, according to the sheriff’s office.
“It was one that we had been trying to find for a long time,” White said. “When we located his car, that’s when we found out that he had committed suicide.”
Ms. Schulte, 24, and Ms. Turner, 38, were found dead on August 18, days after they were reported missing. A friend discovered their bodies while searching for the women and while on the phone with Ms. Schulte’s father.
Sean Paul Schulte, along with other friends and family, has campaigned relentlessly for justice since the murders of the newlyweds, who reportedly celebrated their first wedding anniversary last month.
Schulte invited Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, to investigate the case; the TV star arrived in Moab just days before the sheriff’s office announcement.
However, White told reporters there had been no contact between Chapman and Grand County authorities.
He thanked the FBI, other law enforcement agencies and the public for their help since the tragic discovery of the women last August.
Pinkusiewicz, White said, lived the “van lifestyle.”
“He was one of those guys who camped out everywhere,” the sheriff said Wednesday, adding that the suspect is believed to have only lived in the area for a few months. “I think his address here was the post office.”
He said no weapons had been recovered and the investigation was ongoing. The women had reportedly complained of a “creepy” man near their campsite shortly before their murders, but it was unclear if it could have been Pinkusiewicz.
While working at the same McDonald’s as Ms Turner, she said investigators were still working to establish whether there had been any relationship between Pinkusiewicz and the women.
“I’ll feel better when we get a complete closure on this, but it’s a huge relief,” White said. “I can’t put it into words right now.”
Authorities said relatives had been notified and relatives, friends and strangers were celebrating the announcement on social media.
“I want to parade through the streets with everyone who has shown love and support singing: Justice for KyCry!” Bridget Calvert, Sculte’s aunt, wrote on a Facebook memorial page Wednesday night. “Let your light of love shine!”