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Police: Man confessed to killing newlywed women at Utah campsite

Authorities say the suspect worked at the same McDonald’s as Crystal Turner, who was gunned down last August along with her wife, Kylen Schulte, at a Utah campsite.
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A poster showing Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner in Moab, Utah, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

SALT LAKE CITY — Months after a newlywed couple was shot to death at a Utah campsite, police on Wednesday publicly identified a suspect for the first time and said the man has since killed himself.

Adam Pinkusiewicz confessed to killing the two women before his death, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

He used to work at the same McDonald’s restaurant as Crystal Turner, 38, who was gunned down along with her wife, Kylen Schulte, 24.

They were found dead Aug. 18 near Moab, a tourist town known for its sweeping desert landscapes. They were camping in the South Mesa area of the La Sal Mountains, and Pinkusiewicz was in the area too.

Pinkusiewicz fled Utah and killed himself within weeks of the slayings, Sheriff Steven White said. Police are identifying him publicly now because they recently learned of the confession. Pinkusiewicz mentioned specific details that had not been publicly revealed.

They don't believe there are any other suspects.

“If nothing else, it will be closure for the family," White said.

White declined to say where he killed himself. Police are investigating whether Pinkusiewicz was the “creepy," intimidating man Schulte told friends they saw near their campsite shortly before their deaths.

Investigators had long considered Pinkusiewicz a person of interest and had tried to find and talk to him. Authorities say the case is still open, and they’re still processing new evidence from his recently located car and seeking new information.

During the investigation, authorities determined the double homicide was not related at all to the Gabby Petito case - which gained international attention. A possible link had originated because the day before Schulte and Turner were last seen alive, Gabby and Brian Laundrie were also in Moab, Utah. Laundrie was the lone person of interest the FBI had identified in the homicide of Gabby Petito. Laundrie's remains were later found in a Florida nature reserve. 

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