Timeline of road trip with boyfriend, tragic end
MOAB CITY, Utah (NewsNation Now) – Blogger Gabby Petito, who disappeared on a trip across the country with her boyfriend in a converted motorhome, is now the focus of a nationwide search .
Investigators say Petito, 22, was last in contact with his family in late August when the couple were visiting Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
The trip was well documented on social media until it came to an abrupt end, allegedly somewhere in Wyoming. The couple documented most of their journey, which began in July, on a YouTube Vlog called “VAN LIFE”. The latest posts on their two Instagram accounts were from Grand Teton National Park.
Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, is now a person of interest in the case and has refused to speak with authorities.
Here’s a timeline of what we know about Gabby Petito’s disappearance and subsequent search:
July 2: Petito and Laverie go on a road trip
Petito and Laundrie leave New York for a road trip across the country in the national parks of western Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
The couple documents their travels both on their personal Instagram account and on a travel account under the name “Nomadic Statik”.
August 12: Petito and Laundrie argue
Police in the town of Moab, Utah, respond to reports of an alleged physical interaction between Petito and Laundrie. Hour-long body camera footage from the investigation shows officers answering the 911 call with Petito crying “uncontrollably”, claiming the couple had “little arguments” that day. Authorities said Laundrie told officers the couple had been traveling for four to five months, which “created emotional tension between them and increased the number of arguments.”
You can see the full bodycam footage below:
Petito and Laundrie are said to have gone their separate ways for the night, Petito guarding the van and Laundrie receiving police assistance with accommodation. In the report, Laundrie is listed as the victim, but Chief Bret Edge said there was not enough evidence to move forward with charges.
August 21: Petito’s father speaks to him for the last time
Joseph Petito, Gabby Petito’s father, facetimes with his daughter for the last time. He said he had helped her order food in Salt Lake City.
“No red flag has arisen,” Joseph Petito said in a Zoom interview with NewsNation affiliate WFLA. “I’m trying to get a feel for it – the Monday morning quarterback, you know what I mean – still nothing comes to mind. “
August 25: Petito’s mother speaks to him for the last time
Gabby Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt says she last spoke with her daughter on August 25. She said the couple were near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming when she last spoke to him.
August 30: Schmidt receives the last text from Petito’s phone
Schmidt says she received her last text from Gabby Petito’s phone that day.
“The last text I received from her was on August 30,” Schmidt added. “I don’t know if she was the one texting me or not.”
She hasn’t heard anything since.
September 1: LAUNDRIE RETURNS TO FLORIDA WITH THE VAN
Authorities in Florida say Laundrie returned to her parents in Florida with Petito’s van.
September 11: pETITO IS MISSING
Family members report Petito’s disappearance to Suffolk County Police in New York. Later that day, police in North Port, Florida confirm that they recovered the van from Laundrie’s parents’ home. Police said the couple also lived there.
September 15: Laundry designated as person of interest
Authorities in Florida say Laundrie is now a person of interest in the case following Petito’s disappearance during a trip together across the country. While Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest, police said he “did not make himself available for questioning by investigators or provided any useful details.”
September 16: Petito’s family writes letter to Laundrie family, potential link to the case
Lawyers for Petito’s family read a letter on behalf of the family, imploring Laundrie’s family to help with the investigation.
“If you or your family still have some decency, tell us where Gabby is,” the letter read. “Please tell us if we’re even looking in the right place. “
That same day, Brian Laundrie’s sister became the first family member to speak out about Petito’s disappearance.
“Obviously my family and I want Gabby to be found safe and sound,” Brian Laundrie’s sister Cassie Laundrie told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a clip. “She’s like a sister and my kids love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and sound and it’s just a big misunderstanding.”
Authorities in Utah also said they were “not ruling out anything” of a potential link between Petito and Laundrie, who were in Moab a day before a newlywed couple was last seen. The alleged marital dispute between Laundrie and Petito occurred outside Moab on August 13. The next day, Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were last seen at a bar in Moab. A few days later, Schulte and Turner were found dead at a campsite near Moab.
The search for Petito is still ongoing. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 110 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and several tattoos, including one on her finger and forearm that says “let it be”.
The FBI has set up a nationwide hotline to receive tips: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
SEVEN. 19: A BODY FOUND IN WYOMING BELIEVES TO BE PETITO
Authorities say a body found in Wyoming Sunday is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.
The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement officers who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, said FBI Special Surveillance Agent Charles Jones.
Jones said investigators were still seeking information from anyone who might have seen Petito or Laundrie around some campsites on the eastern edge of the park, the same site that was searched by law enforcement this week-end.
NewsNation affiliates WFLA, KTXL and Associated Press contributed to this report.