World Gabby Petito slaying: Florida lawyer, a mom of two, puts $20G bounty on Brian Laundrie
Mystery disappearance of US road-tripper grips nation
American authorities have launched a massive search for a 22-year-old woman who mysteriously vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend, now declared a "person of interest" in a case gripping the nation. "Two people went on a trip, one person returned and that person that returned isn't providing us any information."Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for the cross-country adventure with Brian Laundrie, 23, documenting their journey in a stream of idyllic-seeming Instagram posts.
Theof Gabby Petito and subsequent disppearance of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in her case, prompted a prominent attorney to put a $20,000 bounty on his whereabouts.
"I think a missing child is every parent's worst nightmare," the lawyer and mother of two, Tatiana Boohoff, told Fox News Friday. "Our hearts go out to her family and to the community, and we hope that together we can get some answers and get justice for Gabby."
Public scrutiny fell heavily on Laundrie, 23, who was the 22-year-old Petito’s fiancé when her mom reported her missing on Sept. 11, well before authorities discovered her remains in a Wyoming park full of bears, wolves and other wildlife. The young woman may have last been seen alive at a Jackson Hole restaurant on Aug. 27.
What do we know about the Gabby Petito case?
A body matching Gabby Petito's description was found on Sunday, while her fiancé remains missing.On Sunday, police said a search crew had discovered a body matching the description of Ms Petito at a national park in Wyoming.
Laundrie pulled into his parents’ driveway in her van on the morning of Sept. 1. Since then, he and his parents have refused to answer any questions from police or the media regarding Petito.
Then his family said nothing about the missing young woman – who'd lived in their home for two years.
Ten days later, North Port, Fla., police found Petito’s van at the Laundrie family home, on the same day as the missing person report, and seized it as evidence.
But on Friday, Sept. 17, police returned to the house only for Landrie’s parents to tell them they hadn’t seen their son since Tuesday, Sept. 14, and that they believed he was missing. Petito’s family attorney has maintained that he’s in hiding.
‘Didn’t Seem Right’: Witness Was Deeply Alarmed by Van-Life Couple’s Fight
A person who saw doomed “van-life” couple Gabby Petito and fiancé Brian Laundrie fighting in Moab, Utah, told cops that “something definitely didn’t seem right,” according to a witness statement released by authorities. Petito and Laundrie two set off in July to travel the U.S., visiting the country’s national parks and wilderness areas while living out of a converted 2012 Ford Transit Connect van. But although their online postings portrayed a blissful existence on the road, the couple’s relationship was in fact starting to fray by mid-August, a police report obtained by The Daily Beast revealed. On Sept.
The timeline of events rubbed Boohoof – whose children are 7 and 17 – the wrong way. So she’sto "the first person to supply information leading directly to the exact whereabouts" of Laundrie.
Boohoff has four offices throughout the state and another in Seattle, Washington – including one just 3.5 miles from the Laundrie home, where Petito also lived for the past two years.
"We have an office in North Port, and our employees work and live there," Boohoff said. "We serve clients there – and we want to do what we can to help find answers and get justice."
Boohoff said she’s already received a number of tips, which she forwarded to the FBI. She’s asking anyone else with leads to go directly to investigators.
After the travel-blogging young woman was reported missing, Fox News Digital was first to report a domestic incident involving the couple in Moab, Utah, in which a witness reported seeing Laundrie slapping and hitting Petito in front of an organic grocer in broad daylight.
Brian Laundrie manhunt: Woman in Wyoming says she picked him up hitchhiking
A second witness who says she gave Brian Laundrie a ride in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming while he was hitchhiking has come forward with new information about his activity on Aug. 29.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 she spoke with police about the encounter.
Police responded but issued no arrests after both Petito and Laundrie, along with a different witness, said nothing about him hitting her. They split the couple up overnight – booking him a motel room through a nonprofit program – but the inn could not confirm whether Laundrie actually spent the night there.
Roughly two weeks later, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, near where authorities later found Petito’s remains, the couple was involved in another heated public incident.
Fox News Digital was first to report that on Aug. 27 a New Orleans couple witnessed Laundrie arguing with female wait staff at Merry Piglets, a Tex-Mex restaurant, and that Petito, visibly upset, at one point apologized to the workers.
That move – undermining Laundrie’s rage – likely led to an explosive argument right before Petito’s homicide, according to Utah attorney Susanne Gustin, who said the incidents show telltale signs of a possible domestic abuser in Laundrie’s behavior.
The FBI on Thursday announced debit card fraud charges against Laundrie for allegedly accessing someone else’s account between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 – after Petito died by homicide in the Teton Range in Wyoming.
Police are searching the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve in Florida for Laundrie – but many are speculating that he’s fled the area.
Anyone who sees him is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171.
REVEALED: Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie yearbook photos .
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie's high school yearbook pictures have been revealed for the first time as friends of the couple said the on and off childhood sweethearts 'always had some drama'Gabby and Brian were students at Bayport-Blue Point High School in Long Island, New York, when they first met. Brian was a junior while Gabby was a sophomore.