Gaby Petito, lifestyle influencer with almost 300k followers, was traversing the USA since July, documenting her experiences from a camper van, along her boyfriend, upcoming influencer, 23 year old Brian Laundrie, when she mysteriously went missing while hiking in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Petito was known to go off the grid for days at a time while traveling, but would check in with her family. Petito’s parents reported her missing on Sept. 11, two weeks after the last time she was on the phone.
Police said about her disappearance, the “circumstances are odd.” Concern grew when it was discovered that her boyfriend returned on Sept. 1 to their home, in the van without her.
Days earlier, Petito’s mother received a text message from her daughter’s phone saying: “No service in Yosemite,” family and their attorneys do not believe it was Petito who wrote that text.
Police named Laundrie a person of interest in the case, identifying him as the last known person to have seen Petito. Despite this, Brian has been uncooperative with the police and has not provided information on her whereabouts, staying silent on the matter.
Utah’s police recently released body camera footage of an altercation between Petito and Laundrie, on Aug. 12 while they were traveling through the area. Footage shows police attempts to calm a distraught Petito, who tells officers she struggles with mental health and with her boyfriend while living in the van’s close quarters. Petito says Laundrie locked her out of the van, and her slapping Laundrie. Laundrie told officers that Petito became “manic” and paranoid he would strand her in the desert during the road trip.
His feed is inundated with comments from concerned users probing him to say what happened on that fated trip.