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Surveillance footage of slain married couple shows them complaining about ‘weirdo’ staying with them

Surveillance footage captured the final moments of a slain couple before they disappeared, as the two women laughed and joked about the ‘weirdo’ camping next to them in the Utah wilderness.

Just five days later, on August 18, the bodies of Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Beck, 38, were found in the La Sal Mountains, the second-highest range in Utah.

The married couple’s friend Kayla Borza, one of the last people to see them alive, had been with them in the tavern in the town of Moab. 

‘We were just having a great time, having a couple drinks, and all they said was there was a creep [staying] next to them,’ said Borza, who believes that creep is the man that killed Schulte and Beck. 

Surveillance footage captured the final moments of a slain couple, Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Beck, 38, before they disappeared, as the two women laughed and joked about the ‘weirdo’ camping next to them in the Utah wilderness

The married couple's friend Kayla Borza, one of the last people to see them alive, had been with them in the tavern in the town of Moab

The married couple’s friend Kayla Borza, one of the last people to see them alive, had been with them in the tavern in the town of Moab

Footage, first obtained by the Daily Beast, showed them laughing over drinks with Borza and enjoying their evening together.

The couple, who got married in April, were semi-regular customers at Woody’s Tavern in Moab, said bar manager Arielle Beck.  

Beck (unrelated to Crystal Beck) said the couple were there from around 6pm to 9pm on August 13 and that was the last time they were seen at Woody’s, even though police and local media reported there were seen there again the next evening. Arielle Beck claims she worked both nights and didn’t see them again after Friday.  

Schulte (right) and Beck (left) were found shot dead four days after going missing while camping in Utah mountains

 Schulte (right) and Beck (left) were found shot dead four days after going missing while camping in Utah mountains

Cindy Sue Hunter said she discovered the bodies of her friends, Schulte, 24, and Beck, 38, after receiving a frantic call from Schulte’s father, Sean-Paul, she told ABC4 News Friday.   

Schulte’s father, who lives in Montana, called Hunter after he hadn’t heard from the couple in three days following a disturbing call from his daughter, he reportedly told Hunter.

‘He said ‘I just found out that there was a creeper dude that they were scared of. That they needed to move their camp,’ Hunter said. ‘All of a sudden I had such a sense of urgency.’ 

Hunter was able to locate the couple’s campsite in Moab on Wednesday, remaining on the phone with Kylen’s father while she searched the area.

‘Then I saw her body and I turned away,’ Hunter said. ‘I think something inside me didn’t want to acknowledge what I had seen so I was looking at the beauty of the creek and everything and talking to the father the whole time and I turned around again to make myself see and it was her.’ 

 

Kylen Schulte (left) and Crystal Beck, who married recently, were found dead in the Moab mountains of Utah after being reported missing four days earlier

Kylen Schulte (left) and Crystal Beck, who married recently, were found dead in the Moab mountains of Utah after being reported missing four days earlier 

Aunt Bridgit Calvert started a GoFundMe page to help Sean-Paul pay for funeral expenses for the two girls

Aunt Bridgit Calvert started a GoFundMe page to help Sean-Paul pay for funeral expenses for the two girls

On Wednesday, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab released a statement saying:  ‘At this time the Grand County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an ongoing homicide investigation.’

When speaking with ABC4 News Friday, Cindy Sue Hunter (pictured) said she discovered the bodies of her friends, Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Beck, 38, while speaking to Schulte's father on the phone

When speaking with ABC4 News Friday, Cindy Sue Hunter (pictured) said she discovered the bodies of her friends, Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Beck, 38, while speaking to Schulte’s father on the phone

The Sheriff’s Office continued by saying they believe ‘there is no current danger to the public in the Grand County area.’ 

Hunter, on the other hand, doesn’t find the sheriff’s statement comforting.  

‘How are we safe if you have a double homicide?’ Hunter asked. ‘ You don’t have a suspect in custody. You’re not claiming it was a murder-suicide so how are we possibly safe? It honestly feels like they’re just trying to protect the tourism industry in Moab.’

Schulte’s and Beck were camping in the Moab mountains about a week ago when they reportedly vanished. 

Their bodies were discovered near the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road and police identified them as the missing women Thursday evening.

Their bodies were transferred to the state medical examiner’s office. 

The two reportedly were last seen on August 14 after telling close friends they moved campsites because they had been ‘spooked’ by a ‘weirdo’ man camping near them. 

Their bodies were found near the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road on August 18

Their bodies were found near the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road on August 18

Schulte's father Sean-Paul asked the people of Moab to help find his daughter's killers on Facebook as the police's person of interest has been released and no arrests have been made

Schulte’s father Sean-Paul asked the people of Moab to help find his daughter’s killers on Facebook as the police’s person of interest has been released and no arrests have been made 

Schulte’s father called for the Moab community to help find ‘my girls’ on August 17 in a Facebook post after not hearing from them.

He reported that the girls, ‘Haven’t been to work. Haven’t called. Not in hospital. Not in Moab jail,’ but police were searching for them.  

The dad posted again a day later reporting the girls had been missing for four nights and days.

He said: ‘Moab PLEASE PLEASE FIND MY GIRLS.’  

In an updated post, he begs Moab not to give up on finding his daughter’s killer and asked them to interview everyone who was on the mountain. 

He wrote: ‘Moab. This is Kylen and Crystals dad. Please please 

‘DO NOT STOP !!!!’

The sheriff’s office released a statement saying they are looking into all avenues provided by those who come forward.

Schulte's (left) and Beck (right) were camping in the mountains of Moab, Utah, about a week ago when they reportedly vanished. Their bodies were discovered Wednesday night near the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road

Schulte’s (left) and Beck (right) were camping in the mountains of Moab, Utah, about a week ago when they reportedly vanished. Their bodies were discovered Wednesday night near the South Mesa area of La Sal Loop Road

‘We are currently following up with what comes to our attention during this investigation and will continue to be available to people to come forward with information,’ the sheriff’s office told local NBC-affiliated television station KSL-TV.

The father reported that a person of interest had been questioned and released by police, but his daughter’s killer was still out there.  

The family called Schulte the ‘moon and the stars since the day she was born’ on the GoFundMe page created to help Sean-Paul pay funeral expenses for the two women. 

The couple – who was recently married – spent a lot of time camping. 

Their aunt wrote on a GoFundMe page, ‘They found their way from the best campsite to the next.’  

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