Gabby Petito search reveals ‘odd’ final text message to her mom as hard drive found in her van

POLICE have gained access to a hard drive found in the van belonging to Gabby Petito as details have emerged of the “odd” last texts sent to her mother from her phone.

A Florida court granted permission to investigators to access a hard drive that was recovered from the van during a search on September 14.


A hard drive was recovered in Gabby’s van
Human remains 'consistent with the description' of Gabby Petito were found


Human remains ‘consistent with the description’ of Gabby Petito were found

Investigators believe the hard drive could have information crucial to the disappearance.

The search warrant filing also includes the text of the last message Petito’s mother received from her phone, which reads:  “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls.”

Petito’s mother said “Stan” was meant to refer to Petito’s grandfather, but since she rarely calls him by that name, she found the text “odd.”

Petito’s phone was turned off later that day after the text was sent.

According to the filing, the hard drive may also contain “evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed,” WNYC reports.

The hard drive was recovered from the same van that Brian Laundrie drove back to Florida alone from Wyoming 10 days before Petito was reported missing.

The search warrant was granted based upon new information suggesting Petito was “unable to care for herself due to her increased anxiety,” including footage of police stopping Petito and Laundrie on a Utah highway after they received a 911 call about the couple.

In the video, Petito appears visibly upset and anxious as she describes a recent fight with Laundrie.

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On Monday, the FBI and local authorities searched Laundrie’s home in North Port, Florida after declaring it a “crime scene.”

Laundrie’s parents were led away from the property for some hours.

It comes after human remains were found in Grand Teton National Park that were “consistent with the description” of Petito.

“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” FBI agent Charles Jones said in a press conference.

The search continues from Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who was named an early “person of interest” in the case.

Gabby Petito timeline

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
  • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah’s Zion National Park.
  • August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip. The video receives more than 200,000 views.
  • August 24 – Gabby is last spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 – Gabby’s parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
  • September 15 – Florida’s North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 – Brian’s parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days.
  • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
  • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby’s but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
Petito's boyfriend is a 'person of interest' in the case


Petito’s boyfriend is a ‘person of interest’ in the caseCredit: Instagram @gabspetito
Petito was reported missing on September 11


Petito was reported missing on September 11

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