What happened and when explained

A BODY has been found in the search for missing Gabby Petito who vanished while she was on a road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

The 22-year-old YouTuber had been missing for weeks while Laundrie returned home alone and became a “person of interest” in the case.


Gabby had been missing for weeksCredit: Universal News & Sport

Here’s what we know so far after human remains, believed to be Gabby, were found in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

July 2

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York, for a cross-country road trip and spent the next few days touring national parks in Colorado and Utah.

They had been documenting their “Van Life” travels on their social media and had set up a YouTube channel to chronicle their adventures.

August 24

Gabby was last seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her fiancé Laundrie.

August 25

The 22-year-old spoke to her mom Nicole Schmidt on the phone from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which is her last known location.

The couple was planning a trip to Yellowstone.

It was also the day of her last Instagram post.

August 30

Petito’s mom received texts from her daughter but she said she cannot be certain if it was sent by her.

She said: “I did receive a text from her on the 27th and the 30th, but I don’t know if it was technically her or not, because it was just a text. I didn’t verbally speak to her.”

Gabby’s last text read: “No service in Yosemite.”

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…

September 1

Laundrie returned to his home in Florida, hired an attorney, and is reportedly not cooperating with the police, according to MailOnline.

Gabby’s friends flooded his Instagram begging him to help in the search.

September 13

Gabby’s parents Nicole Schmidt and Joe Petito held a press conference asking for help in the search for their missing daughter.

September 11

The vlogger is reported missing by her mom after she had not received word from her daughter in 13 days.

Meanwhile, cops found the couple’s Ford Transit van in North Port, Florida and began searching for clues and fingerprints.

September 14

On September 14, Laundrie issued a statement through his lawyer, saying: “This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family.

“I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

“On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family.

“On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

The couple were documenting their travels on their social media
The couple were documenting their travels on their social media

September 15

Laundrie is named as a “person of interest” in the case of the missing vlogger.

Cops said he is “hindering this investigation” by not co-operating with them.

September 16

In a shocking twist, it is revealed that police in Utah had responded to an “incident” involving Petito and Laundrie on August 12.

Bodycam footage shows Gabby “crying uncontrollably” when stopped by the police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside of a grocery store.

The YouTuber is visibly emotional as she tries to explain to the officer why she slapped her boyfriend during an argument.

The couple was pulled over after driving off from an incident at the Moonflower Co-op in Moab, where a witness said he noticed Petito hit Laundrie during a verbal fight.

Laundrie reportedly told the officer that he had been traveling with Petito for about four to five months and their arguments escalated.

In the police report of the incident, Laundrie is listed as the victim and Petito as the suspect.

The officer wrote that at “no point” in his investigation did Gabby “stop crying, breathing heavily, or compose a sentence without needing to wipe away tears, wipe her nose, or rub her knees with her hands”.

Additionally, Utah cops are also not ruling out a “potential link” between the case and a couple’s murder near where Gabby allegedly fought with her fiance.

Newlyweds Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were found dead by a friend in the La Sal mountain range on August 18, 2021.

September 17

A TikToker claimed that Laundrie allegedly offered her $200 to give him a ride as he hiked alone at Grand Teton National Park in Colter Bay, Wyoming on August 29.

September 18

Police are scouring a “vast” reserve in Sarasota County as they desperately search for Laundrie after his parents reported he vanished days before.

September 19

The FBI announced that a body found in a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Petito.

The Laundrie family has issued a statement through their lawyer amid the news that remains seemingly pertaining to Gabby were found in Wyoming.

The statement read: “The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking.  The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday September 21, 2021.

Meanwhile, Gabby’s boyfriend remains missing with police fearing Laundrie may have hurt himself while in the reserve, characterizing it as “a possibility, certainly.” 

September 20

Cops started searching Laundrie’s family home and bundled his parents into a police van after declaring a “crime scene”.

The FBI announced a “search warrant” twice before they removed Chris and Roberta Laundrie from the home. The parents were placed in a van on their lawn.

An FBI agent was seen entering the home with a bag and an envelope. They were later seen bringing folding chairs and a table inside.

Laundrie’s silver Ford Mustang was also towed away.

The 23-year-old is said to have gone off for a hike in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County on Tuesday, according to his family.

But he hasn’t been seen since and he was reported missing Friday to cops.

Police said there is a “possibility” Laundrie may have “shot himself in the head” as the search continues.  

A TikTok user known as Jessica Over Yonder said she was “100 per cent sure” she saw Laundrie, who was on his own, parking his van after he is thought to have gone missing.

She described him as looking “awkward and confused”.

Police also gained access to a hard drive found in the van belonging to Petito and details emerged of the “odd” last texts sent to her mother from her phone.

Human remains found consistent with description of missing Gabby Petito

We pay for your stories!

Do you have a story for The US Sun team?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here