Detectives initially believed there was a possibility that the double murder of two lesbian newlyweds was connected to the shocking disappearance of vlogger Gabby Petito last summer.
Now, nine months later they have publicly identified the killer of Crystal Turner, 38, and her new bride, Kylen Schulte, 24, in Utah.
Adam Pinkusiewicz confessed to killing the two women before his death, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
According to cops, the suspect worked at the same McDonald’s outlet as Turner. The two women were shot to death.
They had last been seen at a watering hold in Moab, Utah.
Their bodies were discovered by a family friend last Aug. 18, two after they had been reported missing in the South Mesa area of the La Sal Mountains. Pinkusiewicz had also been in the area.
Cops say that following the slayings, Pinkusiewicz fled the state. Investigators said they released his name because he had confessed to a “third party” and the admission was deamed legit.
He told his confessor details that had not been publicly released. A motive for the slayings has not been revealed but Pinkusiewicz was long considered a person of interest.
Investigators say he was homeless and lived a “van lifestyle.”
“If nothing else, it will be closure for the family,” Grand County Sheriff Steven White said.
Initially, the murders had been linked to Petito’s disappearance until she was found deceased last September. The 22-year-old Long Island woman and her fiance, Brian Laundrie had been in the area during their doomed cross-country journey.
In January, the FBI said there was no connection between the murders.
Schulte’s father was “elated” that the case had been solved.