Crime Gabby Petito Timeline: What We Know So Far
Timeline of the Gabby Petito case
Local and federal authorities are looking for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family over the weekend after she had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account Laundrie returned to the pair's North Port, Florida, home earlier this month without Petito and is now refusing to talk to authorities, police say. Petito's family and their attorneys have pleaded with Laundrie and his family to cooperate and help bring the girl home.
The search continues for the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, thewho went missing in late August. Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23,
Laundrie returned home from the trip alone at the start of September and was last seen around mid-September.
The couple,, were reported to be childhood sweethearts who met while growing up in Long Island, New York, before Laundrie's parents moved to North Port, just outside Sarasota.
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.
On Monday, authorities searched Laundrie's North Port residence afterin Wyoming—
Gabby Petito Case: Timeline of Key Events
Here we take a look at some of the key developments in the case so far.
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.
July 2 - Couple Begin Trip Across Country
The pair left Long Island on July 2, embarking on a cross-country trip in a converted van to visit national parks in the western region of the U.S.
ABC 7 reported, according to an attorney for the Petito family, that the couple got engaged but postponed their wedding plans due to the COVID pandemic, opting to go on this trip instead.
The couple were reported to be traveling in Petito's white 2012Transit van, images of which were posted on Laundrie's account.
According to the Instagram posts of Laundrie and Petito, they visited several parts of the country, including Florida, Kansas, Colorado and Utah. They intended to reach Oregon by the end of October, according to their social media posts.
August 12 - Couple Allegedly Involved in Domestic Incident
Police in the southern Utah town of Moab were called to a possible domestic violence incident involving the couple on August 12, according to a recording of the call released by the Grand County Sheriff's Office.
'Gator and Snake Infested Swamps': Inside the Search for Missing Brian Laundrie
Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, "van life" vlogger Gabby Petito, 22, whose body is believed to have been found in Wyoming Sunday, say police"Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times," North Port Police PIO Josh Taylor said in a release Tuesday morning announcing that authorities were returning to the sprawling reserve to search for Laundrie, 23, who is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
The Associated Press reported that the caller claimed he saw Laundrie slap Petito while walking through the town and he proceeded to hit her before they got in their van and drove off.
Bodycam footage released by Moab police showed an officer had pulled them over on the same day after the van was seen speeding and hitting a curb near Arches National Park.
Argument Over Their Vehicle
The video showedShe told the officer that she and Laundrie had argued over her excessive cleaning of the vehicle. She was heard telling the officer she has OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
However, Petito's father said his daughter's statement about her OCD wasn't literally true in an interview Monday on the Dr. Phil talk show. He said she was just using the OCD term as slang, referring to how she likes to keep her living area orderly, according to AP.
Police separated the pair for the night, Petito remaining with the van while Laundrie checked into a motel.
August 24 - Petito Last Seen at a Hotel
Petito was last seen on
Day 4 of search in Florida park for Gabby Petito's boyfriend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Search teams fanned out Wednesday at a Florida wilderness park to search for the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who authorities say was killed while on a cross-country trip with him. The search resumed around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the 24,000-acre (9,700-hectare) Carlton Reserve park, North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor said. Investigators say Brian Laundrie's parents told them he had gone there after returning home without Petito on Sept. 1.
August 25 - Petito Was Allegedly in Wyoming
ABC7 reported that according to a verified GoFundMe page set up for Petito, she was allegedly last known to be in Grand Teton in northwest Wyoming on August 25 heading towards Yellowstone National Park.
September 11 - Petito Reported Missing By Family
Petito's family filed a missing persons report with police in Suffolk County, New York, on September 11 for their daughter.
Police said Laundrie returned to Florida alone when he drove the van back to his parents' place in North Port on September 1.
Laundrie was. They said that .
He was last seen on September 14 by family members who were told by Laundrie that
September 19 - Human Remains Found in Wyoming
: "Earlier today, human remains were discovered, consistent with a description of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito.
Gabby Petito's Family Demands Laundrie's Lawyer Stop Using Her Image to Drum Up Business
A letter from the Petito family's lawyer demands that Laundrie's lawyer "cease and desist posting pictures" of Petito by 2 p.m. on Wednesday.In a September 22 letter sent by Richard B. Stafford, the Petito family's lawyer, Stafford wrote Bertolino, "The Petito and Schmidt family are demanding that you remove Gabby Petito's picture from your Yelp page.
"Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100 percent that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery. The cause of death has not been determined at this time,"
September 20 - FBI Search Home of Petito's Boyfriend
. No details about the search were revealed by the FBI, but .
AP reported that neighbors said the car that was towed was typically used by Laundrie's mother. Local media reported Laundrie's parents were seen getting into a police vehicle.
In a tweet on September 20, the FBI Tampa office wrote: "The #FBI search at the Laundrie residence in North Port has concluded," adding there were "no further details" to share as "this is an ongoing investigation."
Newsweek has contacted the lawyer for Laundrie's family, North Portand the for comment.
Gabby Petito's Family Got Tattoos in Her Honor that She Designed Herself: 'Wanted to Have Her with Me' .
During a press conference Tuesday, Gabby Petito's parents' attorney said he didn't expect Brian Laundrie's parents to help find their missing son since "they did not help us find Gabby"Gabby's mother, stepfather, father and stepmother all got tattoos reading "Let It Be," referencing the Beatles song that was a favorite of hers. They also got other tattoos designed by Gabby, which they showed at the press conference.