Two women who were found shot dead while on a camping trip were allegedly "freaked out" by a "weirdo" at their campsite just days before they went missing.
On August 18, Crystal Michelle Turner, 38, and Kylen Carrol Schulte, 24, were found dead in the South Mesa area in the US state of Utah.
The identities of the women was confirmed by the Office of the Grand County Sheriff in a press release.
The sheriff's office is conducting an "ongoing homicide investigation" it said in a statement.
Speaking to 2News, Sheriff Steven White said it appeared Ms Turner and Ms Schulte were killed by someone who then fled the area.
"We are currently following up with any and all leads that come to our attention during this investigation and will continue to be available to people who come forward with information," the statement said.
"The Grand County Sheriff's Office believes there is no current danger to the public in the Grand County area."
According to 2News, Ms Turner and Ms Schulte were recently married.
According to a GoFundMe set up by Ms Schulte's aunt, she and Ms Turner lived in Moab, Utah.
"They found their way from the best campsite to the next but always showed up for work with the best ethic and greatest intent," the GoFundMe says.
"This week their lives were tragically taken from this earth."
Father's Facebook post cites 'weirdo' encounter
According to the Daily Beast, Ms Schulte's father made a Facebook post saying the two were concerned about another camper they had encountered.
“Kylen and Crystal told close friends that there was a weirdo camping near them that was freaking them out !!! And that they should move campsites,” Sean-Paul, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday (local time).
“Now they have been missing for over 4 days and nights!”
While the couple was found on August 18, the Moab Sun News reported friends and family of the women had been searching for them since August 14.
The GoFundMe says it is raising money to help both Ms Schulte's and Ms Turner's families.
"We do not have details and answers at this time," the page says.
"But what we do know is that we want Kylen to lay to rest with her brother."
Ms Schulte's brother was killed in 2015 at the age of 15 due to "negligent gun ownership", when he was shot and killed by a friend.
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