Father Of One Of The Murdered Newlyweds Found Killed At Utah Campsite Says He's Been Holding His Breath

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The father of a woman killed alongside her newlywed wife at a Utah campsite last year says he's awaiting answers after authorities announced they had identified persons of interest in the case last week.

“I don’t think they’re going to call me today, but that’s because I’ve been holding my breath for six months,” Sean-Paul Schulte, father of murder victim Kylen Schulte told Fox 13 this week. “Do I want to let my breath out? Hell yeah. … But I’m still holding my breath over here."

The body of his 24-year-old daughter was discovered alongside her spouse Crystal Turner, 38, in the South Mesa area of the La Sal Mountains in August. At one point, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office investigated the possibility that the double murder was related to the high-profile disappearance of Gabby Petito. Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who has since taken his own life, had been through the area around the same time on their cross-country trip and had even had an altercation near Moonflower Community Cooperative, where Schulte worked.

But last week, the same week that the FBI announced that Laundrie, 23, claimed responsibility for 22-year-old Petito’s murder, the Grand County Sheriff’s Department stated that they have identified persons of interest, though they've yet to name them. However, sheriff's office also reiterated that the murders have nothing to do with the Petito saga.

“I mean, we already knew Brian Laundrie wasn’t our culprit,” Sean-Paul Shulte told Fox 13.

He said he is continuing to hold out for a phone call that would go something like this: “Hey Sean-Paul, we have a match of fingerprints, we have a match of DNA, we have a match of ballistics, we have cellphone pings and no alibi.”

He said that only then will he “start to say, ‘Well, maybe it’s time for me to start to believe that we’re going to wrap this up.'”

Schulte and Turner had told loved ones in the days before their deaths that an unknown man was “creeping them out,” which led them to move their campsite. According to Wednesday’s statement, an acquaintance found their bodies in an irrigation ditch after growing concerned for their well-being. Both had been shot multiple times.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Grand County Sheriff's Office at (435) 259-8115.

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