Gabby Petito timeline: Everything we know about her disappearance (2023)

Table of Contents
July 2, 2020: Engagement December 11, 2020 Van purchased July 2, 2021: Petito and Laundrie depart July 4-August 11 The Journey August 12: "Altercation" in Moab City, Utah August 17-23: Brian flies to Florida August 27: Fight at Wyoming restaurant August 30: Last communication with family September 1: Laundrie returns to North Port September 11: Family reports Petito missing September 15: Laundrie named person of interest September 16: North Port press conference with father, Petito family letter September 16/17: Laundrie's sister speaks to "Good Morning America" September 17: No connection to double-homicide case September 17: Laundrie family reports Brian missing September 18: Dual searches for Petito, Laundrie September 19: Petito's body found in Wyoming September 20: Laundrie Family Home Searched September 21: Autopsy confirms body found is Gabby Petito September 22: Divers join the search for Laundrie September 23: Arrest warrant issued for Laundrie September 25: Reward offered for Laundrie's arrest September 26: Mourners pay respects to Gabby Petito September 27: Laundrie's parents speak out September 29: Gabby Petito's family holds news conference September 30: FBI returns to Brian Laundrie home in Florida September 30: ABC News obtains phone call records October 1: New bodycam video of Gabby Petitio October 5: Gabby's family speaks out on social media October 5: Cassie Laundrie pleads for brother to return home October 7: Brian's dad joins in the search October 12: Coroner says Gabby Petito was strangled October 17: Gabby Petito Foundation holds first fundraiser on Long Island October 20: Medical Examiner called to park October 20: Possible human remains found October 21: Brian Laundrie's remains confirmed November 23: Brian Laundrie's cause of death released FAQs Videos

NEW YORK (WABC) -- High school sweethearts, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, had set out in July in a converted van to visit national parks in the West. They got into a fight along the way, and Laundrie was alone when he returned in the van to his parents' home in September, police said.

Here's a timeline with what we know so far:

July 2, 2020: Engagement

Exactly one year before they started their cross-country trip, Gabby Petito announced her engagement to Brian Laundrie on Instagram.

December 11, 2020 Van purchased

Gabby announces on Instagram that they have purchased a "garden on wheels! New van means new adventures."

July 2, 2021: Petito and Laundrie depart

The couple had been in Blue Point, New York, where Petito is originally from, to celebrate her younger brother's graduation from high school. They departed New York on July 2 on a planned four-month cross-country journey.

According to a Petito family attorney, the pair had gotten engaged, but postponed their wedding plans because of the coronavirus pandemic and decided to take the trip instead.

They were driving Petito's white 2012 Ford Transit van, which, according to one of Laundrie's posts on Instagram, they converted the interior to allow them to camp and cook meals inside of as they traveled.

According to their social media posts, the pair traveled from Florida to Kansas, Colorado, and Utah, touring and camping at several national parks and natural attractions.

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July 4-August 11 The Journey

According to Gabby's Instagram timeline, the couple stopped in these locations:

July 4: Monument Rock, Kansas

July 8: Colorado Springs, Colorado

July 10: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

July 16: Zion National Park, Utah

July 21: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

July 26: Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

July 29: Canyonlands National Park, Utah

August 12: Arches National Park, Utah

August 12: "Altercation" in Moab City, Utah

In August, police had an encounter with Petito and Laundrie, and the pair was described as having "engaged in some sort of altercation," according to a report released by the Moab City Police Department.

Officers were called to reports of disorderly conduct and encountered Laundrie and Petito, along with a witness whose full name was redacted from the report.

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Laundrie and Petito are described as having gotten into a physical fight following an argument, but "both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime," according to the report from Officer Eric Pratt.

Police later released body camera footage of officers' encounter with Petito and Laundrie, during which Petito is emotional and crying through much of the video.

Laundrie says the couple got into a minor scuffle that began when he climbed into the van with dirty feet. Petito admits that she slapped Laundrie when she thought he was going to leave her in Moab, and the couple also states that Laundrie did not hit Petito.

Laundrie has visible scratches on his arms, face, and neck, and police took photos of his injuries. Petito was nearly arrested, but since both parties said they were in love and didn't want charges pressed, the couple agreed to separate for the night. Laundrie was put up in a hotel by a domestic assault outreach group.

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August 17-23: Brian flies to Florida

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino confirms Brian Laundrie flew home to Tampa from Salt Lake City on August 17 and flew back to Salt Lake City on August 23 to "rejoin Gabby."

Bertolino says Brian flew home to "obtain some items and empty and close the (couple's) storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending the road trip." Bertolino says the couple paid for the flights together, as they were sharing expenses.

August 27: Fight at Wyoming restaurant

A woman named Nina Celie Angelo took to her Instagram saying she witnessed Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie get into an explosive argument at the Merry Piglet restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She said Laundrie was screaming at the hostess, and Petito was in tears and apologizing.

"It looked as though they were like almost getting kicked out," Angelo told ABC News. "It wasn't necessarily between them, it was more so Gabby abruptly leaving the restaurant crying, and Brian was just evidently really upset, pissed off, I would say. I would say Gabby was upset, he was angry, and he was just being very temperamental towards the restaurant staff."

Angelo said Laundrie was "very visibly angry," and Petito seemed distraught. This is the last known sighting of the couple together.

August 30: Last communication with family

Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt, said the last text message she received from her daughter came on August 30. She said she was unsure if it was her daughter actually sent those text messages.

According to a warrant filed by the North Port Police Department weeks later, a detective wrote that Petito's mother "received an 'odd text' from Gabby. The text message read 'Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls.' The reference to 'Stan,' was regarding her grandfather, but per the mother, she never calls him 'Stan.' The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter."

Her family said that final message was "not normal behavior" for Petito and became more worried about her, according to police.

September 1: Laundrie returns to North Port

Laundrie allegedly returned to the North Port home he and Petito shared with his parents on September 1.

Police said he had driven the van there and Petito was not with him.

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September 11: Family reports Petito missing

Petito's family reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department in New York at approximately 6:55 p.m. When police in Florida knocked on the Laundrie's that night, his parents handed them a lawyer's phone number.

"We don't know what Brian knows, that's the bottom line," Taylor said. "We are hopeful to talk to him. He needs to talk to us. We need to know exactly where he was, where she was, their last locations, and the fact he was back here for 10 days. Again, the family reported her missing 10 days later. "

Their van was processed for evidence, and Taylor said there were some materials that will be investigated further.

September 15: Laundrie named person of interest

On Wednesday, Laundrie was officially named a person of interest in Petito's disappearance and North Port Police said he was hindering the investigation.

Laundrie has not made himself available to be interviewed by investigators or provided any helpful details.

His attorney issued the following statement on behalf of his client, addressing Laundrie's silence.

"Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito's absence. In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this, and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to with Ms. Petito's disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on the matter. I have been informed that the North Port, Florida, police have named Brian Laundrie as a 'person of interest' in this matter. This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement, and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel."

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September 16: North Port press conference with father, Petito family letter

Police in North Port held a news conference during which Petito's father begged for her safe return -- and for Laundrie to speak up and stop hindering the investigation.

Later, Petito/Schmidt family attorney Richard Stafford read aloud a letter to Laundrie's parents pleading for their son to speak to them about Gabby's disappearance.

September 16/17: Laundrie's sister speaks to "Good Morning America"

Hours after the family of 22-year-old Gabby Petito issued a statement to the family of her fiancé, begging for information in her disappearance, Brian Laundrie's sister, Cassie Laundrie, broke her silence in an exclusive interview with GMA.

"Obviously me and my family want Gabby to be found safe," she said. "She's like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding."

September 17: No connection to double-homicide case

Despite earlier speculation, authorities in Utah announced Friday that Petito's case has no connection and is not related to the double-homicide case involving Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte.

September 17: Laundrie family reports Brian missing

Police said Laundrie's attorney contacted authorities Friday because the family wanted to discuss his disappearance. They claimed they had not seen Brian since Tuesday.

Police removed items from the Laundries' house to assist in the search for him, according to his attorney Steven Bertolino, and authorities said on Twitter that it was the first time the Laundrie family had spoken with them in detail about the case.

They reiterated that Brian is a person of interest in Gabby's disappearance, but that they are "not currently working a crime investigation."

September 18: Dual searches for Petito, Laundrie

Police searched a vast Florida wildlife reserve on Saturday for 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, while across the country the FBI hunted for clues about the missing woman in a mountainous national park in Wyoming.

The search was called off Saturday night by North Port Police due to darkness. They say nothing was found.

Meanwhile, the FBI in Denver said Saturday that agents were conducting ground surveys at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, with help from the National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies, seeking clues to Petito's disappearance. Her last known contact with family members was from the national park known for its mountainous terrain.

September 19: Petito's body found in Wyoming

Petito's body was discovered in Wyoming. The FBI said she was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds. An FBI agent said the cause of death not yet been determined.

Petito's family was notified. Her father tweeted a short time later.

September 20: Laundrie Family Home Searched

Police and FBI agents armed with a search warrant swarmed the Florida home Brian Laundrie shared with his parents.

The FBI escorted Laundrie's parents out of their home into a waiting van in their driveway at 10 a.m. They were in the car for about 10 minutes before going back inside.

Investigators were inside the home with the family all day. Around 2:30 in the afternoon, they towed Laundrie's silver Mustang from the driveway. They also removed evidence boxes. The search warrant indicated they were looking for Laundrie's computer.

Laundrie and Petito had been living with his parents before making the trek.

September 21: Autopsy confirms body found is Gabby Petito

An autopsy confirmed the body found in Wyoming is Gabby Petito, as the manhunt for Brain Laundrie continues in Florida.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue's initial determination is Petito's death was a homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy result.

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Investigators returned to a massive Florida nature preserve to search for Laundrie on Tuesday. He remains at large.

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September 22: Divers join the search for Laundrie

Search teams returned to a Florida nature park to look for Laundrie. North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor says the search resumed around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the 24,000-acre wilderness park.

Investigators say Brian Laundrie's parents told them he had gone there after returning home without Petito on Sept. 1.

A dive team joined the search, which includes thousands of acres of forbidding, swampy subtropical terrain replete with alligators, snakes, turkey, deer and other wild creatures. There are more than 100 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

September 23: Arrest warrant issued for Laundrie

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Brian Laundrie in connection with his activities after the death of Gabby Petito.

The U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued the warrant and indictment on Wednesday, related to Laundrie's unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card and pin code with "intent to defraud" between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 in Wyoming and elsewhere with a value of $1,000 or more.

Meanwhile, a fifth day of searching at a massive wilderness park in Florida yielded no results in the manhunt for Laundrie.

September 25: Reward offered for Laundrie's arrest

As the search for Brian Laundrie stretches into its second week, two separate rewards totaling $30,000 have been offered to anyone who provides law enforcement officials with Laundrie's whereabouts.

September 26: Mourners pay respects to Gabby Petito

Lines of mourners paid their respects Sunday for Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend.

Among those who congregated in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, were family members, friends, co-workers and people who were touched by Petito's story even though they didn't know her.

"She was a beautiful soul; she was full of life, always smiling," said Desiree Keeffe, a friend of Petito's mother, Nicole. "She gave you love. She was just a beautiful soul. She touched everybody like she did now."

Two fire trucks were positioned one on either side of the funeral home, each with its ladder extended, and a line of firefighters was seen filing into the building. Across the street, a chain link fence was adorned with posters featuring Petito's image and messages such as, "She touched the world."

September 27: Laundrie's parents speak out

The parents of Brian Laundrie say they do not know where their son is and hope the FBI can locate him.

The statement from their attorney came as the FBI said Monday they will dial down the large-scale search efforts for Gabby Petito's fiancé as the manhunt enters a second week.

Authorities collected personal items from the Laundrie home in Florida in hopes they can use DNA samples to help solve the case.

September 29: Gabby Petito's family holds news conference

Gabby Petito's family held a sometimes emotional press conference as the FBI manhunt continues for her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

Her parents and step-parents showed tattoos designed by Gabby with sayings like "Let It Be" and "Believe" that they had done in her memory.

They avoided answering some questions, particularly about Brian Laundrie. Their lawyer was adamant that Laundrie's parents provided no help finding Gabby, so they were expecting no help from them finding Brian.

September 30: FBI returns to Brian Laundrie home in Florida

FBI agents returned to the Laundrie family home on Thursday. They were seen looking at the camper and going into the home, according to reporters on the scene.

The attorney for the Laundrie family says the FBI is collecting "some personal items belonging to Brian (Laundrie) that will assist the canines in their search for Brian."

According to the attorney at the time, "There is nothing more to this."

September 30: ABC News obtains phone call records

ABC News obtained 46 pages of records from North Port police for "calls of service" at the Laundrie home from Sept. 10 - Sept. 27.

Police say they were not 911 calls and some were initiated by police officers. Two calls were made on Sept. 10, the day before Gabby Petito's parents reported her missing, and three calls were made on Sept. 11, the day she was reported missing.

There is no information on what those calls may have been in regards to.

October 1: New bodycam video of Gabby Petitio

New body camera video was released from a second officer responding to the 911 call of a domestic dispute between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie while they were on the road back in August.

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Petito looked at visible bruises on her body as the officer questioned her while she sat in the vehicle.

October 5: Gabby's family speaks out on social media

Gabby Petito's family joined Twitter Saturday to post emotional messages and tributes for the 22-year-old, including calls for her fiancé Brian Laundrie to surrender to police.

A chorus of tributes were posted Saturday by Petito's immediate family, many of whom joined Twitter, to remember Gabby, but also to urge her fiancé to turn himself in.

Petito's mother Nichole Schmidt wrote on Twitter, "Mama bear is getting angry. Turn yourself in!"

October 5: Cassie Laundrie pleads for brother to return home

Brian Laundrie's sister, Cassie, spoke out exclusively to ABC News in the wake of her brother's disappearance following the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito. Cassie Laundrie says she last saw her brother at a Florida campsite with her family days before he was reported missing. She said she had no idea anything was amiss and didn't realize at the time that he had returned home from his road trip without Petito.

"I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van, because I don't think we'd be here," she said. "I worry about him. I hope he's OK, and then I'm angry and I don't know what to think."

She pleaded with him to come forward.

"I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess," she said.

October 7: Brian's dad joins in the search

Brian Laundrie's father is now joining in the search for his son in connection with the Gabby Petito case.

Law enforcement wants Chris Laundrie to direct them within the Carlton Reserve to a spot where he claims Brian might be hiding.

The family's attorney released a statement: "Chris Laundrie is assisting Law Enforcement today in the search for Brian. Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve. Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally 3weeks ago it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better. The preserve has been closed to the public and the Laundries as well but the parents have been cooperating since the search began."

October 12: Coroner says Gabby Petito was strangled

The autopsy results of Gabby Petito were announced at a press conference, and the coroner said she died by strangulation.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced the results at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

He said her estimated time of death is believed to be 3-4 weeks from time her body was found.

October 17: Gabby Petito Foundation holds first fundraiser on Long Island

Long Island native Gabby Petito's family is hoping to turn their personal tragedy into a positive for others.

That is the mission statement for the Gabby Petito Foundation, which hosted its first fundraiser in Patchogue on Sunday. On Sunday, those who loved the 22-year-old and those who just want to help, came out to give.

Sunday's fundraiser raised $13,700 for the foundation, the family's attorney said.

October 20: Medical Examiner called to park

The Medical Examiner's office in Sarasota has been called to the preserve where the search for Brian Laundrie is underway, a spokeswoman for the office told ABC News.

Brian Laundrie's parents along with the FBI and local authorities found some items belonging to Brian off a trail that he frequented.

October 20: Possible human remains found

Investigators have recovered what appears to be human remains at a Florida preserve near a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie.

The FBI confirmed the new details at a briefing in Florida on Wednesday.

"Earlier today, investigators found what appeared to be human remains as well as personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie. These items were found in an area that up until recently had been under water," FBI Special Agent in Charge, Michael McPherson said.

October 21: Brian Laundrie's remains confirmed

Dental records prove that remains found in a Florida park are those of Gabby Petito's fiance, Brian Laundrie, according to the FBI.

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino released the following statement:

Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian's. We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie's privacy at this time.

The developments brings to a close a massive, five-week search for the man sought as a person of interest in Petito's murder.

November 23: Brian Laundrie's cause of death released

An attorney for Chris and Roberta Laundrie confirmed that they have been informed Brian's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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FAQs

What did Brian laundries Journal say? ›

TAMPA, Fla. - The first public glimpse of a confession Brian Laundrie left in a notebook in the Florida swamp where he killed himself last year reveals his final words. "I ended her life," reads the note, which the FBI recovered from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Oct. 20, 2021.

How many bodies were found trying to find Gabby Petito? ›

A nationwide search commenced following the disappearance of Petito and her fiance, Laundrie, and law enforcement across the country believe the attention Petito's case received helped with finding the remains of at least six additional missing individuals.

How long did it take to identify Gabby? ›

The coroner in Teton County, Wyoming, announces Gabby Petito died by strangulation. Dr. Brent Blue said the manner of death is still considered a homicide, backing initial autopsy results that were released last month. Petito's body was outside for 3-4 weeks before it was discovered, Blue said.

What's the story behind Gabby Petito? ›

In August 2021, Gabby Petito, an American woman, was killed by her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, while they were traveling together on a van life journey across the United States.

Did Brian laundry have a temper? ›

PATCHOGUE, N.Y.

- Brian Laundrie had the personality of a "chameleon" who sometimes lost his temper and always had clean hands despite working with plants and soil, according to a former co-worker from his native New York.

What was found in Brian Laundrie notebook? ›

The FBI announced in January that Laundrie's notebook found near the 23-year-old's remains at the Carlton Reserve contained written statements where he claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito's death.

What 9 bodies were found while searching for Gabby and Brian? ›

Gabby Petito's body was found on September 19, and police have now found at least nine more bodies linked to previous cases. The last body discovered was that of 22-year-old Emily Ferlazzo, whose story is similar to Petito's.

Is Brian Laundrie alive? ›

How long were Gabby and Brian on the road? ›

Gabby Petito was traveling with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, in a cargo van the two had outfitted as a makeshift recreational vehicle for a months-long cross-country road trip when she mysteriously disappeared.

Did Brian laundries parents get charged? ›

Under Florida law, no,” said Seay. “That is something that ordinary, normal people would provide to their family members.” What about when they knew Brian was missing, but didn't alert police?

What was Gabby Petitos cause of death? ›

An autopsy in Wyoming concluded Petito died by strangulation and that it was a homicide. "The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby's murder," the family's attorney said after the suicide determination.

What did the text from Gabby Petito say? ›

The text message she sent her mom, Nichole Schmidt, on Aug. 27 read: "Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and issued calls," according to the warrant. The warrant further states that 'Stan' was referring to Petito's grandfather, but "per the mother, she never calls him 'Stan.

What text did Gabby Petito send Mom? ›

27 when her mother, Nichole Schmidt, said she received an “odd text” from her daughter. “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” the text read, according to the search warrant. The warrant explains that “Stan” references Petito's grandfather.

Did Gabby Petito's family agree to the movie? ›

According to Newsweek, Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt, issued a statement saying the movie has no connection to the Petito family, nor did they give their approval. To reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org to chat online.

Was Brian jealous of Gabby? ›

Brian Laundrie Got Jealous When He Saw Gabby Petito Talking to Other Men—Colleague. A man who used to work with Brian Laundrie said that although he did not see him be mean or abusive to his now-deceased former fiancée, Gabby Petito, he did appear to be jealous if he spotted her talking to other men.

Did Brian laundry go camping with his parents? ›

The revelation that Brian Laundrie's parents took a camping trip with him in early September raises new questions about Brian's whereabouts. The Laundrie family attorney says the campground was about a 75 miles north of their home, and they stayed overnight. He says all three then left the park.

Can Brian laundry Face Death Penalty? ›

If authorities were to locate Laundrie and charge him with Petito's murder, he could "potentially face the death penalty," said Alfredo Garcia, a professor at St. Thomas University College of Law and a former assistant state attorney in Florida.

What did Brian laundries notebook confession say? ›

The confession in the notebook reads “I ended her life, I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked, I was in shock. But from the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn't go on without her.”

What causes throttling of death? ›

[1], [3] Manual strangulation, also known as throttling, is a type of asphyxial death where the perpetrator uses his hand to encircle and compress the front and side of the neck. It is a common method of homicide, most often encountered when the physical size and strength of the assailant exceeds that of the victim. 4.

Did Gabby and Brian have an apartment? ›

Gabby Petito & Brian Laundrie NEVER lived in the Fenwick Condo in Venice. Current Tenant lived there for 6 yrs. Laundrie parents recently sold it, but tenant stayed. Tenant is the woman in the Condo photo, not Roberta.

How far was Gabby's body found from where the van was? ›

' 'It wasn't far from the van. It was a five minute walk,' Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt echoed.

Was Gabby's body found in Jackson Hole? ›

Autopsy results have confirmed that the remains found Sunday in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest are those of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a trip exploring national parks with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, according to the FBI in Denver.

Where and how did they find Gabby's body? ›

Days into the search for Laundrie, Petito's body was found in Grand Teton National Forest in Wyoming, and a coroner ruled she died by strangulation.

Did Brian Laundrie's parents know? ›

The Petito family's lawsuit claims that while a cross-country search was underway for Gabby last fall, Laundrie's parents already knew what happened to the 22-year-old who embarked on a long-term road trip with Brian, but would never return home.

How many bodies were found during Brian Laundrie hunt? ›

The hunt for Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie has led to the discovery of at least four other bodies. The bodies of missing persons were found as a direct result of the search for Petito and Laundrie.

Did Laundrie family help Brian escape? ›

"The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong," the statement continued.

How long was Brian Laundrie and Gabby together? ›

WHIRLWIND ENGAGEMENT

In July of 2020, after 15 months of dating, Gabby and Brian became engaged. "Brian asked me to marry him and I said yes!

What did Brian use Gabby's card for? ›

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“You can look at his state of mind by his actions,” Petito family attorney Richard Stafford said on the “Dr. Phil” show on CBS-TV. “He ran, he stole her credit card, he used her credit card to get home, and then ran from the police,” Stafford said.

What does Brian Laundrie do for a living? ›

What does he do for a living? Mr Laundrie does not appear to have been in full-time employment but he did earn money selling artwork online. On a Depop site called Bizarre Design, Mr Laundrie sold bookmarks, print stamps and T-shirts he designed himself .

What mental illness does Brian laundries have? ›

To which Laundrie replied with his own struggles with his anxiety, and how his doctor prescribed him medication for it. “I feel like if I took the medication, I'd put myself off balance,” he said, “and then I'd be more anxious — that's probably just part of my anxiety.”

What did Brian Laundrie tell his parents? ›

Brian Laundrie advised his parents, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie, that he had murdered Gabrielle Petito,” the lawsuit states. “On that same date, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie spoke with Attorney Steve Bertolino, and sent him a retainer on Sept. 2, 2021.”

Do Brian laundries parents have to talk? ›

"And the answer is, 'No.

What was the coroner's report on Gabby? ›

Gabby Petito's cause of death was ruled to be strangulation and the manner of death was homicide, Teton County Coroner Dr.

When did they discover Gabby's body? ›

— Cross-country traveler Gabby Petito was strangled to death, a Wyoming coroner announced Tuesday. Petito, 22, died three to four weeks before her body was found Sept. 19 near an undeveloped camping area along the border of Grand Teton National Park in remote northern Wyoming, Teton County Coroner Dr.

How long did it take to find Brian Laundrie? ›

Dog the Bounty hunter joined the fight to find Laundrie. Over a month after his initial disappearance, officials confirm items belonging to Brian Laundrie were found in a Florida park. Human remains were also discovered near the area. Those remains were identified as belonging to Laundrie one day later.

How did they find body of Gabby? ›

The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds. An FBI agent said the cause of death not yet been determined. Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West.

How did TikTok find Gabby? ›

On Sunday investigators found what they believe is Petito's body near the place where the Bethune's video had located the van. Another crack in the case: A woman named Miranda Baker saw Laundrie's image on TikTok and realized that she and her boyfriend had picked him up hitchhiking after Petito's disappearance.

What did Gabby's text say? ›

The text message read: “No service in Yosemite.” But Schmidt doesn't believe the message came from her daughter, who has been missing since the end of August and remains the center of a disappearance case. “She doesn't believe it was from her daughter,” said Stafford, the attorney, according to Insider.

Was Gabby's water bottle found? ›

The water bottle finding comes after Brian's remains were found in the Carlton Reserve near his parent's house over a month after he vanished.

Where did Brian use Gabby's credit card? ›

While appearing on the Dr. Phil show on Tuesday, the Petito family lawyer, Richard Stafford said, "[Laundrie] ran, he stole her credit card, he used her credit card to get home, and then ran from the police." "He used her credit card to get home and then ran from the police," Stafford continued.

Where did dog search for Brian? ›

10/3/2021 10:30 AM PT

Dog the Bounty Hunter is searching high and low for Brian Laundrie in Florida ... and over the weekend, he was knee-deep in water, taking to the swamps and getting dirty. The reality TV star posted a video of himself Sunday, where he's immersed in a marshy swamp somewhere in Florida.

How did Brian get resurrected? ›

Yes, Brian is back from the dead after being resurrected by Stewie, whose only Christmas wish was to get his best friend back, which is exactly what he did.

Where is Gabby Petito buried? ›

Gabby Petito's ashes appear to have been scattered at Grand Teton National Park, a stop on her cross-country trip with fiancée Brian Laundrie -- a person of interest in her death -- according to a social media post shared by her father.

Why did Gabby Petito get so much attention? ›

Gabby was an attractive white female and if you are an upper-class or middle-class person living in the suburbs she could be the girl next door,” added Tibbert. “There were lots of stories of white women in parallel and it goes back to the 1830′s and the rise of the newspaper and so its really a cultural thing.

How many followers did Gabby have before she went missing? ›

Hi Dale -- to be fair, while Gabby's following is now over 800k, it's reported that before Gabby she went missing, she had a following of about 1,000 on Instagram. The increase in her online presence happened because she disappeared.

How did social media affect the Gabby Petito case? ›

The case's dominance on the news and social media had a major impact on the case when it was seen by Jenn Bethune, herself a Vlogger and Social Media Content creator from Florida, who had been alerted by a contact that she may have crossed paths with Gabby & Brian, and after looking through go-pro footage from her 'van ...

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