A graphic designer believes he led FBI detectives to find Gabby Petito’s body, after allegedly seeing a “strange man acting” in her white van and a campsite.
Jessica Schultz and her friends camping in Spread Creek Wyoming Between 22-29 August.
Schultz said he saw the vehicle on August 26 and 27 – when Gabby told her family that she and her fiancée Brian Laundry Arrived at Grand Teton National Park.
He also claimed that he saw it for the third time when to his surprise that its owners were not asked to take it to the parking lot, San Francisco Chronicle Report.
The camper said he recognized the straw hat van’s Dashboard, which prompted him to contact the FBI after talking to friends.
He said: “I just lost my s***. And that’s when I called the FBI and said ‘Guys look at Spread Creek.
Schultz and his friends were interviewed on Sunday before the detectives announced the human remains were “consistent” with Gabby’s features.
Camper claimed that an FBI agent said he “tipped us” on the right spot.
She told the Chronicle: “We are victorious – we were right and we led them in the right direction.”
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Schultz also claimed that he saw a “strange acting man” at the campsite.
She reportedly went to the van to see if he wanted to join the group, but realized he was much younger than them.
TikToker added: “He was just acting weird. You know, when you’re out there somewhere in the middle, your hackles go up when you see something that’s different than usual.”
Other passengers say they have seen the van during a trip to Wyoming.
Travel bloggers Jen and Kyle Bethune believe they saw the white vehicle at the Nature Reserve on August 27.
Jane said: “We found a white van with plates from Florida. A small white van.
“We were going to stop and say hello because we’re also from Florida, but the van was completely dark. There was no one there, so we decided to continue on our way.”
Vloggers said they saw the vans twice – once when they entered the national park, and another when they left.
Kyle said the van seemed “abandoned” and thought Gabby and her fiancé were hiking or “chilling inside” because no door was open.
FBI officials confirmed that the body found Sunday was that of Gabby and that the coroner’s preliminary determination for the manner of death was homicide.
The official cause of death of the vlogger is still pending.
Richard Stafford, the lawyer representing the Petito family, told business Insider The identity was confirmed on Tuesday.
Stafford issued a statement thanking the media and the public “for taking the time to grieve the Petito and Schmidt family”.
He added: “We will make a statement when Gabby is at home.”
A post uploaded to a Facebook page maintained by the vlogger’s family read: “Our hearts are broken.”
A second message, uploaded about 90 minutes later, read “#justiceforgabby”.
Authorities are still searching for her fiancé Brian Laundry who is still a person of interest.
He and Gabby were almost two months into a four-month adventure, when Laundry returned to his Florida home with his van on September 1.
Looking for possible clues and evidence, the police confiscated his white transit van.
Laundry was reported missing by his family last week after reportedly telling him he was going to hike to Mabry Carlton Reserve in Florida.
Police, FBI agents and K9s began a search of the 24,000-acre nature reserve over the weekend with no success.