World Brian Laundrie manhunt: Woman in Wyoming says she picked him up hitchhiking
SECOND woman claims she picked up Brian Laundrie hitchhiking
Norma Jean Jalovec told Fox News she picked up Brian Laundrie on August 29 around 6.15pm near Pacific Creek Landing in Grand Teton National Park, minutes after another woman did.Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal Wyoming resident, picked up Laundrie, 23, on August 29 around 6.15pm at the Jackson Lake Dam near Pacific Creek Landing, she told Fox News.
EXCLUSIVE: A second woman has come forward to say she gave a hitchhikinga ride in Grand Teton National Park in on Aug. 29, two days after was last seen.
The first woman, Miranda Baker, said in videos posted to TikTok on Sept. 17 that she and her boyfriend picked up Laundrie, 23, at 5:30 p.m. MST on Aug. 29 after spotting him hitchhiking on the side of the road. She said sheabout the encounter.
Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal Wyoming resident from Florida, told Fox News Digital on Friday that after seeing Baker'svideo, she realized she had also picked up Laundrie on Aug. 29 and dropped him off around 6:30 or 6:40 MST at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area, where Petito's remains were discovered weeks later.
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Jalovec said she spontaneously decided to visit a Catholic church called Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Grand Teton National Park that Sunday for its 5 p.m. MST service. The church is about 1.2 miles from Jackson Lake Dam, where Baker said she dropped Laundrie off after he "freaked out" and asked to get out of the couple's Jeep.
Jalovec said she picked him up around 6:15 or 6:20 past the dam on a stretch of road toward Spread Creek. He was walking backward and holding out his thumb, like so many do in that area of the National Park, she told Fox News.
"I picked him up…" Jelovec said. "… Something just said, 'Hey, ask him where he’s going.'"
Laundrie, who sat in the passenger seat of Jalovec's 4Runner, asked if she was going to Jackson. When she told him no because she lives in the opposite direction, he asked her if she'd drop him off at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area, which she agreed to, Jalovec said.
Brian Laundrie manhunt: FBI briefly explores camper while collecting items to use in search, attorney says
North Port, Fla. – Two FBI agents arrived at the North Port, Florida home of Brian Laundrie and his parents on Thursday afternoon, where they stayed for approximately 30 minutes and briefly explored the camper in the driveway before leaving with a bag. The agents, a man and a woman, arrived at the Laundries’ home at about 1:15 p.m. in a black, unmarked vehicle and carried a large paper bag to the front door. One of the agents later walked over to the camper, which is designed to be towed by another vehicle, opened the door and reached inside.
Spread Creek is about a 20-minute drive from the dam.
"Everything's legitimate. Everything's corroborated. I already talked to the FBI," Jalovec said, adding that she didn't realize she had given a ride to Laundrie until after she saw Baker's TikTok video and emphasized the important role social media has played in helping to solve this case.
Baker similarly explained in her video that she realized it was the 23-year-old person of interest in Petito's missing person case after watching videos on TikTok.
Jalovec described having the same small talk with Laundrie that Baker reported in her TikTok. He told her that he spent time hiking near Snake River and that he had a. He told her he had seen elk and moose but no bison, and when she asked him if he needed any gas money, he said no
Brian Laundrie's conflicting stories about cellphone
During an Aug. 12 domestic altercation between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie that a witness said was over a phone, Laundrie initially told officers he doesn't 'have a phone,' but pulled a phone out about 40 minutes later and showed it to officers.Bertolino said that Laundrie left the new phone at home when he went for a hike on Sept. 14 and never returned, but the attorney said he is unsure what happened to Laundrie’s old phone — the one he had on his cross-country road trip with Petito.
On the ride to Spread Creek, Jalovec said she took a sharp right turn, causing a Bible on her dashboard to fall onto Laundrie's lap. He picked up the book and put it back on the dashboard.
The 23-year-old asked Jalovec to drop him off at the gate of the remote campground, which has a single dirt road that extends miles to various camping sites in the area; at 6:30 p.m. MST in August, there would have still been some daylight to see into the camping area. Jalovec responded saying she could drive him inside, which is when he tried to "get out of the moving car," she said.
"I can't explain why I was there," Jalovec said of her decision to go to the church in Grand Teton that day and pick up a hitchhiker. "It was something I don't typically do. I don't pick up hitchhikers in Florida. I've gotten so much s***t from family and friends for picking up a hitchhiker."
Jalovec said she joked with Laundrie about wanting to impress his fiancé by hiking into the campground rather than hitching a ride, but he only responded by insisting that he be let out of the vehicle.
Brian Laundrie manhunt: Former FBI official on new evidence taken from home
Former FBI official Bryanna Fox on Friday weighed in on an object that FBI agents took from the North Port, Florida, home of fugitive Brian Laundrie.Two agents carried a large paper bag to the front door of the Laundries' house on Friday afternoon, left the house for a couple minutes to enter a camper in their driveway, went back inside and left the house carrying what appeared to be a cup and a camouflage bag resembling a cooler.
Petito, the deceased 22-year-old, and Laundrie were traveling together from New York to Oregon in a white 2012 Ford Transit van that they converted into a camper. Teton County coroner Brent Blue ruled her death as a homicide on Tuesday, according to the FBI.
Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11, weeks after she last sent her mother a text message on Aug. 27, which is when blogger Jenn Bethune and her husbandin the dispersed camping area.
Laundrie returned home to North Port, Fla., where the couple lived with Laundrie’s parents, 10 days earlier on Sept. 1 with no sign of his fiancé. Authorities recovered the van on Sept. 11, and began a forensic examination of the vehicle on Sept. 14.
Theon Thursday said the U.S. District Court of issued a federal arrest warrant for , a person of interest in the disappearance and homicide of deceased Gabby Petito.
The warrant alleges that Laundrie committed debit card fraud between Aug. 30, 2021, and Sept. 1, 2021.
Fox News' Stephanie Pagones and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.
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