Missing YouTuber Gabby Pettito had a violent argument with her boyfriend Brian Laundry outside a Utah grocery store where a newlywed woman worked, who was murdered days later, it has emerged.
The horrific coincidence between the disappearance of Ms. Petito and the murders of 24-year-old Kylan Schulte and 38-year-old Crystal Turner has left residents of the small town of Moab on edge.
The Moab Police Department was called to a fight between Ms. Petito and her boyfriend on August 12 near the Moonflower Community Cooperative in the center of the resort town, where Ms. Schulte had worked for four years.
Ms Schulte and Ms Turner were last seen leaving a bar in town the next day, and their bodies were discovered on 18 August.
Investigators in the Utah resort town are refusing to rule out a possible link between the unsolved murders and Ms. Petito’s disappearance.
In-store Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator Maggie Keating told Granthshala No one at the store recalled seeing police that day, but the connection to another high-profile case was troubling.
“It’s a little heavy,” she said.
“We are of course still mourning the loss. It has only been a month and we have to put the trucking together and then it brings it to the forefront of our minds.”
Ms Keating said it was “strange” that no one working that day had seen police officers participating in the fight.
“I don’t know how we wouldn’t have known if the police had not been called outside our store. I think someone was sitting outside our shop and I’m guessing this is the person who saw them and called the police.
Moab police released bodycam footage of an incident involving 22-year-old Ms. Petito and her boyfriend Mr. Laundry in the town on August 12.
Police officers involved in the incident said that Ms. Petito had tried to kill Mr. Laundry, fearing he might drive without her, causing her boyfriend to try to stop her.
The incident was deemed not serious enough to warrant allegations of domestic violence, and police sent Mr Laundry to a hotel for the night while Ms Petito stayed in the van.
There is no evidence to link the two incidents, but the timing and proximity to each other have added to the uneasiness in the town.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said Fox News They were looking for any suspicious activity at the time of the double murder.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said, “We’re looking at everything, I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we’re not ruling out anything at this time.”
“So we’re just examining the information as it comes.”
Ms. Keating said Granthshala The news of Ms. Petito’s disappearance was “flying” in the city.
“I can see how people will start speculating and their imaginations go wild but as far as we are concerned, it seems very vague.
“There has just been an incident that someone saw near us. But as far as we know, there is no connection.
“Having experienced knowing what happened to Kai a month ago and experiencing that fear I can certainly relate more to what his friends and family are going through.
“I can’t imagine it’s been so long now that she’s disappeared.”
She said a month-long double murder and close links to a nationwide missing persons case were completely out of character for the city, which is the gateway to many national parks and ski resorts.
“When it’s not blowing up with crazy freak incidents, it’s fantastic.”
After his death, the grocery store posted a tribute to the slain staff member and friend.
“The Moonflower family is heartbroken to share the news of the recent tragic passing of one of our beloved employees, Kylan Schulte, as well as his wife, Crystal Beck.
“Kylan worked as a cashier (and wonderful hat model) at Moonflower for the past four years and was often the first friendly face to many of our owners and patrons when they walked in the door. Her genuine kindness, radiant energy and tireless The work ethic touched the lives of countless people and will be deeply missed by Moonflower and the Moab community,” the shop posted on its Facebook page.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Gabby Petito