MOAB, Utah — Gabby Petito was traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in a cargo van the two had outfitted as a makeshift recreational vehicle for a months-long cross-country road trip when she mysteriously disappeared.
Here’s a timeline with everything we know so far about the case:
July 2: Petito and Laundrie depart
The couple left Blue Point, New York, where Petito is originally from, on July 2 on a planned 4-month cross-country journey.
They were driving Petito’s white 2012 Ford Transit van which, according to one of Laundrie’s posts on Instagram, they converted the interior to allow them to camp and cook meals inside of as they traveled.
According to their social media posts, the pair traveled from Florida to Kansas, Colorado, and Utah, touring and camping at several national parks and natural attractions.
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August 12: Moab City, Utah ‘altercation’
In August, police in Moab, Utah had an encounter with Petito and Laundrie and the pair was described as having “engaged in some sort of altercation,” according to a report released by the Moab City Police Department.
Moab City police were called to reports of disorderly conduct on August 12 and encountered Laundrie and Petito, along with a witness whose full name was redacted from the report.
Laundrie and Petito are described as having gotten into a physical fight following an argument, but “both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime,” according to the report from Officer Eric Pratt.
At the officers’ suggestion, Laundrie and Petito separated for the night, the report said. Petito is described by one officer as “confused and emotional.”
“After evaluating the totality of the circumstances, I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis,” Officer Daniel Robbins wrote in the police report. No charges were filed.
Robbins wrote Laundrie said the pair had been traveling together for “the last 4 or 5 months.”
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August 25: Petito’s last known whereabouts
According to a verified GoFundMe page set up to raise money and aid in the search for Petito, she was “last known to be in Grand Teton, Wyoming on 8/25/21 heading towards Yellowstone National Park.”
Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, told CNN that the young woman communicated regularly with her mom and family.
“She would go off the grid…doing her van life stuff, exploring these different areas. So it wasn’t uncommon for her to go off for few days at a time, but she’d always make her way back to someplace where she could get on to a Wi-Fi connection, upload to her Instagram, make phone calls, FaceTime,” he said.
August 30: Last communication with family
Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, said the last text message she received from her daughter came on August 30.
“Someone who’s been traveling and contacting family and then all of a sudden goes dark — that’s obviously odd,” Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port, Florida, police department, told CNN on Sept. 14.
September 1: Laundrie returns to North Port
Laundrie allegedly returned to the North Port home he and Petito shared with his parents on September 1.
Police said he had driven the couple’s van there and Petito was not with him.
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September 11: Family reports Petito missing
On September 11, Petito’s family reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department in New York at approximately 6:55 p.m.
When police in Florida knocked on the Laundrie’s door that night, his parents handed them a lawyer’s phone number.
“We don’t know what Brian knows, that’s the bottom line,” Taylor said. “We are hopeful to talk to him. He needs to talk to us. We need to know exactly where he was, where she was, their last locations, and the fact he was back here for 10 days. Again, the family reported her missing 10 days later. “
Their van was processed for evidence, and Taylor said there were some materials that will be investigated further.
September 15: Laundrie named person of interest
On Wednesday, Laundrie was officially named a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance and North Port Police said he was hindering the investigation.
Laundrie has not made himself available to be interviewed by investigators or provided any helpful details.
His attorney issued the following statement on behalf of his client, addressing Laundrie’s silence.
“Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito’s absence. In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this, and the waring that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to with Ms. Petito’s disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundie is not speaking on the matter. I have been informed that the North Port, Florida, police have named Brian Laundrie as a ‘person of interest’ in this matter. This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement, and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel.”
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September 16: North Port press conference with father, Petito family letter
Police in North Port held a news conference during which Petito’s father begged for her safe return — and for Laundrie to speak up and stop hindering the investigation.
Later, Petito/Schmidt family attorney Richard Stafford read aloud a letter to Laundrie’s parents pleading for their son to speak to them about Gabby’s disappearance.
September 16/17: Laundrie’s sister speaks to “Good Morning America”
Hours after the family of 22-year-old Gabby Petito issued a statement to the family of her fiancé, begging for information in her disappearance, Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie Laundrie, broke her silence in an exclusive interview with GMA.
“Obviously me and my family want Gabby to be found safe,” she said. “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.”
September 17: No connection to double-homicide case
Despite earlier speculation, authorities in Utah announced Friday that Petito’s case has no connection and is not related to the double-homicide case involving Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte.
September 17: Laundrie family reports Brian missing
Police said Laundrie’s attorney contacted authorities Friday because the family wanted to discuss his disappearance.
They claimed they had not seen Brian since Tuesday.
They removed items from the Laundries’ house to assist in the search for him, according to his attorney Steven Bertolino.
Police said on Twitter that it was the first time the Laundrie family had spoken with them in detail about the case.
They reiterated that Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, but that they are “not currently working a crime investigation.”
Both he and Petito are now considered missing persons.
September 18: Dual searches for Petito, Laundrie
Police searched a vast Florida wildlife reserve on Saturday for 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, while across the country the FBI hunted for clues about the missing woman in a mountainous national park in Wyoming.
The search was called off Saturday night by North Port Police due to darkness. They say nothing was found.
Meanwhile, the FBI in Denver said Saturday that agents were conducting ground surveys at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, with help from the National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies, seeking clues to Petito’s disappearance. Her last known contact with family members was from the national park known for its mountainous terrain.
The #FBIDenver Field Office and its Wyoming Resident Agencies, in coordination with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office & Jackson Police Department, have been conducting ground surveys at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area. pic.twitter.com/95HjWcEuDU
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 19, 2021
September 19: Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabby Petito
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. An FBI agent said the cause of death not yet been determined.
Petito’s family was notified. Her father tweeted a short time later.
Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest in the case. He was last seen by his family in Floriday on Tuesday and investigators have been searching for him.
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