Petito and Laundry didn’t start dating until after graduating from Bayport-Blue Point High School in New York
Recently obtained high school yearbook photos give Gabby Petito and Brian Laundry a glimpse as a travel-blogging couple as teenagers before their fateful cross-country road trip.
Images show Petito in his sophomore year and laundry as a junior at Bayport-Blue Point High School in New York.
She looks the same, smaller but with the same smug smile. He’s chubby, with a chinstrap beard, peach-fuzz mustache and a full head of hair.
Despite growing up in the same area and attending high school together, the couple only began dating after graduation, according to a family spokesperson.
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According to an Instagram post by Petito, celebrating their one-year anniversary, Petito and Laundry began dating in March 2019.
A store owner near her Long Island hometown told Granthshala News last month that Petito had been coming into her shop since she was 12, but she never brought laundry. When they showed up to the laundry to buy a shirt before their fatal road trip, the workers didn’t even know they were dating.
On July 2, 2020, Petito shared a photo of himself and the laundry, which he said was taken on their first date.
“Brian asked me to marry him and I said yes!” she wrote. “@bizarre_design_ You make life feel unreal, and every day you have such a dream.”
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He shared the same photo as his first post on Instagram, calling Petito “the best side kick in the world.”
Despite her delightful Instagram posts and YouTube channel, something went wrong on her cross-country trip over the summer.
Petito was last seen alive in late August. According to police records, Laundry reached her parents’ house on September 1 in her van.
As reported on September 11, her disappearance attracted national attention. The discovery of his remains after eight days prompted support and demands that the Laundry family increase their cooperation with the authorities.
On 17 September, Laundry’s parents reported her missing, telling authorities that they had not seen her for three days. And on September 23, the FBI announced a federal warrant for Laundry’s arrest on debit card fraud charges.
He is named the man of interest in Petito’s disappearance. A Wyoming coroner later ruled her death a homicide.