Vigilant organizer Serena Chavez said the couple had been visiting national parks in the west in their van before Pettito went missing — and though she’s never lived in Utah, their love of nature and their time together connect them to the community.
“We won’t forget about you. We won’t let your light dim,” Chavez said in front of the group. “We will miss other women or children who are missing. Their families are devastated, and I can only imagine what Gabby’s family must be going through.”
Petito’s remains were found on Sunday in an undeveloped camping area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She was first reported missing by her family on September 11, after her fiancé, Brian Laundry, returned to Florida from a road trip without her on September 1.
Officials are looking for a Florida natural preserve for laundry. And after his death was ruled a murder Tuesday, the FBI turned to the public, asking for help in finding him.
“She’s not just a name. She’s not just an affair. She was a person, and she was very special to a lot of people and to many of us,” general manager Lara Wittchen told WWAY. “She was a good soul, a good soul, and she touched many lives. That’s what we want her to be remembered for.”
Witness says he witnessed an ‘uproar’ involving the couple
Pettito’s story has become a national obsession for many, prompting digital detectives to comb through the couple’s online trail to try to solve the case. The story has also uncovered the stories of thousands of missing persons that do not garner such intense interest; According to the National Crime Information Center, there were approximately 90,000 active missing person cases by the end of 2020.
And it has prompted members of the public to come forward with details of Pettito’s final days.
On Wednesday, Nina Angelou told Granthshala that she and her boyfriend, Matt England, witnessed an “uproar” when the couple were leaving The Merry Piglet’s Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.
Angelo said Petito was in tears and the laundry was seen going in and out of the restaurant several times, showing anger to the staff around the hostess stand. The couple’s waitress was also shaken by the incident, according to Angelou, who told Granthshala she didn’t see any violence or physical altercation between Petito and the laundry.
A manager at The Merry Piglets, who declined to be named, told Granthshala he witnessed “an incident” at the restaurant on August 27 and called the FBI on Wednesday. The manager declined to explain what happened and said the restaurant did not have surveillance video of the incident.
And in a series of videos on TikTok, Miranda Baker said that she and her boyfriend gave her a ride to the laundry in Wyoming on August 29 — and claimed that she had been camping by herself for several days while Pettito took to social media. But was back in his working van. Post.
Baker said he picked up the laundry when he was hitchhiking in Colter Bay, Wyoming, not far from where Petito’s remains were found. He offered to pay $200 for the ride before he got in the car, she said.
Laundry search continues
Meanwhile, investigators are focusing on finding Laundry, who arrived at his parents’ home in North Port, Florida three weeks ago and did not speak to police about the case.
His family told police that he left the house on Tuesday with his bag and told them he was going to the nearby Carlton Reserve.
Officers have conducted searches at the reserve over the past few days and will resume searches on Thursday, according to North Port Police Department communications manager Josh Taylor.
A team of about 10 divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the search, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Caitlin Perez.
Perez said the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (SURF) team is highly specialized.
“We have really unique bodies of water in the state of Florida, from marshes to beaches to lakes and everything in between.”
“These divers are specially trained and very talented in low visibility bodies of water,” she said. “They dive down where you and I can’t see anything. They use technology and other specialized equipment to help them dive deeper into deeper bodies of water.”
North Port Police Department Commander Joe Fussell said they have “deployed many resources, and we are trying to cover every acre in this protected area.”
911 Call of Domestic Dispute
Police in Florida said in a recent search warrant affidavit that Petito’s mother had received a strange text on August 27 and it was her last communication.
Petito, who was describing the couple’s journey through the national parks, also stopped posting on social media at the time.
During the trip, the couple regularly posted online about their trip with the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts suddenly stopped in late August.
Evidence from a 911 call regarding a “domestic dispute” involving Petito and laundry suggests that the couple’s volatile relationship was not as ambitious as their sun-drenched lives on Instagram and YouTube suggested.
“They were talking aggressively at each other, and something seemed wrong,” said a person who witnessed the domestic dispute between Petito and Laundry in Utah last month.
In a handwritten sworn statement, a witness named Chris — whose last name was redacted in a document provided to Granthshala by Moab City Police — said it appeared the two were arguing over control of Petito’s phone. . “At one point she was punching him in the arm and/or face and trying to get into the van.”
The witness said she heard Pettito say, “Why do you have to be so mean?” Chris, however, said he was not sure whether the comment was to be taken seriously. Moab City Police responded to the incident and the couple agreed to spend the night separately.
The City of Moab, Utah, is investigating the Moab City Police Department’s handling of a potential domestic dispute, a city statement said.
Granthshala’s Randy Kaye and Kari Pritcher, Leyla Santiago and Rebekah Rees, Amanda Watts and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.
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