The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked Americans for help in locating Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundri. Law enforcement also called for anyone who saw or contacted the couple in late August to report to the police. On Tuesday, it was announced that an autopsy of a body found in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming revealed it to be 22-year-old Petito. Teton County Coroner Brent Blue stated that the blogger was the victim of a homicide.
Gabby Petito has gone missing while traveling around the country with her partner. They set off west in a Florida van in July to visit national parks in this part of the US. Petito regularly published photos from the expedition on social media, the last time on August 25. At the end of August, she also contacted her family for the last time. On September 1, Laundrie himself returned to his home in Florida in his friend’s van. The man who hired a lawyer and refused to talk to the police disappeared after several days without a trace. The family reported him missing last Friday.
Teton County Coroner Brent Blue announced on Tuesday that the body found in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, was the body of a 22-year-old blogger. As Petito added, she was a victim of murder, but he did not provide the exact cause of death.
New accounts of Gabby Petito’s fiancé
In Florida, a Laundri search is focused on Carlton Reserve Wetlands in the North Port area of Sarasota. On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked for help finding the man. Investigators also called for anyone who saw or had contact with the couple at the end of August to pass this information on to the authorities.
In a series of videos posted on a social networking site, one user, Miranda Baker, reported that she and her partner had driven Laundri from Colter Bay, Wyoming, near where Petito’s body was later found on August 29. The man was to offer $ 200 for transportation. As he claimed, Baker confessed, he had been camping alone for several days, while his girlfriend had returned early to their van to prepare posts for social media.
As she said, when Laundrie found out that the couple was going in a different direction than he thought, he became anxious and asked to be dropped off at the Jackson Dam – 30 minutes from where he was picked up. North Port Police said investigators spoke to Miranda Baker before she uploaded her tapes to the internet and that her testimony appeared to be credible.
“We drove by and the man was beating the girl”
CNN also described previously unknown circumstances of the incident, previously reported by the US police. It is about a published video of a roadside inspection that the couple passed on August 12 near Moab, Utah. According to the officers, the couple were in a quarrel. Although both appeared to be showing signs of physical struggle, “he and she both explained that they were in love and engaged, and desperately did not want either of them to be charged with a crime,” said one police officer Eric Pratt in a report.
Now, however, the American portal quoted the statement of the person who was supposed to call the emergency number after she saw the couple at that time. “We drove by and a man was hitting a girl,” CNN said from the person who called the services. – Then we stopped. They were running on the sidewalk. He hit her, they jumped in the car and drove away – he added.
Last message from Gabby Petito’s number
CNN previously reported that before Petito disappeared, she had interviews with her mother, which indicated that there was “increasing tension” between the girl and her boyfriend. This picture also emerges from the analysis of SMSs exchanged between women.
CNN wrote that her mother’s message was to be received on August 27. The woman described her as “strange”. It was supposed to be: “Can you help Stan, I’m getting his voicemail and missed calls.” “The text message was about Petito’s grandfather, whose name is Stan, but the girl never referred to him as that. It made her mother suspect something was wrong,” CNN noted.
Petito’s mother received one more message from the girl, this time the last one – on August 30. It said there was no coverage in Yosemite National Park, California. But the family doubts Gabby wrote it.
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