Crime Social Media Users Flood Instagram to Find Gabby Petito, Swarm Brian Laundrie in Comments
Brian Laundrie's Sister Says She Loves Gabby Petito as Protests Target Her Parents' Home
"She's like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding," Cassie Laundrie said.On Thursday, Cassie Laundrie, the sister of Brian Laundrie, appeared on Good Morning America for an exclusive interview following the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Her statement came after the missing woman's family begged the Laundries for more information regarding her disappearance.
Social media users are flooding toin hopes of finding Gabby Petito after the 22-year-old went missing during a cross-country camping trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.
The couple had been heavily documenting their travels on their social media accounts using the hashtag #vanlife. Since Petito's disappearance, many in the public have combed through their posts in hopes of finding a clue to where Petito might be.
Gabby Petito remains missing as authorities search vast wildlife reserve for fiancé
The family of Brian Laundrie, Petito's 23-year-old fiancé, told officers Friday that they haven’t seen him since Tuesday.Police named Laundrie a person of interest in Petito's disappearance, but he has refused to speak with police. No charges have been filed, and the case continues to be a missing persons case, police said.
Several Instagram accounts have been created to bring attention to the missing persons case, including @gabby.petito and @gabbypetitocase, which feature updates on the case.
Laundrie, who has been named as a person of interest, has also been swarmed by users who are accusing him of being involved in Petito's disappearance in the comments of his Instagram posts.
Laundrie returned back to the couple's shared home in North Port, Florida, on September 1 without Petito and has reportedly refused to provide information to his fiancé's family.
Ten days after he returned to North Port alone, the Petito family reported their daughter missing to local police.
Police say Laundrie is "hindering this investigation" by refusing to cooperate with authorities. The 23-year-old is also declining to comment on the case, according to his family attorney.
Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabrielle Petito
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds. The cause of death not yet been determined, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones. “Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified,” Jones said. “This is an incredibly difficult time for (Petito’s) family and friends.”An attorney who has been acting as a spokesman for the Petito family could not be reached immediately for comment.
Comments on Laundrie's Instagrams range from "Where is she, Brian?" to "Knock knock. Your time is up" to "You will not get away with this."
As of Friday morning, more than 85,000 people are following his account. Petito's following count has also amassed to 280,000.
Petito's comments have also been flooded, but with accusations that her posts are being uploaded by someone else, with some insinuating that Laundrie is the one authoring the captions on her account.
"If this caption doesn't scream alibi idk what does. He wrote this s--t," one user wrote.
"This whole post seems like a subconscious confession on his behalf. Creating a narrative that he can link to on the future," another commented.
Some are also asking Instagram to provide edit history on her posts, which they believe have been changed by Laundrie to create an alibi.
Laundrie has not been charged with any crime.
"She posted the pics, he went back and edited this crazy long caption. Hopefully Instagram can provide the edit history," one Instagram user said.
911 Caller Said He Saw Brian Laundrie Hitting Gabby Petito: 'Gentleman Was Slapping the Girl'
Police believe they have found the body of Gabby Petito, and her fiancé Brian Laundrie has gone missing"We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl," the caller tells the dispatcher.
Photos of the couple's stops in Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming document happy memories on their trip, but recently released bodycam footage suggests that something may have gone wrong in Utah when Moab police responded to a call reporting a potential domestic abuse case.
Petito's family says they lost contact with her while she was in Wyoming, with the last text from the 22-year-old being "No service in Yosemite." An attorney for the family has said Petito's mother doesn't believe the message was from her daughter.
Theand the Suffolk County Department in New York are assisting North Port police in its investigation.
Gabby Petito: New details emerge about Brian Laundrie's behavior in the days after his fiance went missing .
The search for Brian Laundrie, who according to a source left behind his wallet and cell phone when last seen departing his parents' home 10 days ago, is set to resume Friday at a nature reserve in southwestern Florida. © from gabspetito/Instagram Pictures of Gabby Petito and her boyfriend/fiance before her disappearance New details also are emerging about Laundrie as he is now the subject of a federal arrest warrant for events following the death of fiancé Gabby Petito, whose remains were found Sunday in Wyoming.