Police have confirmed they have spoken to a TikTok “witness” who claims he gave the ride to Gabby Pettito’s boyfriend Brian Laundry, who was himself a hitchhiker.
As the 22-year-old woman’s parents continue to plead for help in finding her, and her boyfriend continues to talk to officers, police in Florida have confirmed that they spoke to a woman who claims that she and her boyfriend had given a lift to Mr. Laundry in Grand Teton National Park.
In a series of videos posted on TikTok, Miranda Baker said she picked up Mr Laundry on August 29, who was hiking by himself.
“Hello, my name is Miranda, and on August 29, my boyfriend and I picked up Brian at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park at 5.30pm,” Ms Baker said in the first of a series of videos posted on Friday.
“I hope this can help someone identify her, because I saw her from TikTok, after which I had to call the authorities, and my boyfriend and I helped me piece together the different parts of it.” Have been in touch with a bunch of different people to do the matter.”
Ms Baker, 22, insisted that she and her boyfriend had given their information to police and the FBI.
The investigation into the disappearance of Ms. Petito, who was reported missing by her parents last week after she failed to return from a cross-country trip with Mr. Laundry, is being led by the North Port Police Department in Florida. Where Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundry live.
A spokesman for the department, Joshua Taylor, confirmed Granthshala He had spoken to Ms. Baker.
“We’ve talked to him,” he said in an email. “That’s all I can confirm.”
There was no immediate response to inquiries from the FBI, and Ms. Baker, from Appleton, Wisconsin, also did not respond to questions.
Ms Baker’s report is believed to have been the first to suggest that Mr Laundry was a hitchhiker.
“They asked us for a ride because they needed to go to Jackson, [and] We were going to Jackson that night,” she said.
“So I said ‘you know, hop in’, and he jumped in the back of my Jeep, we then proceeded to make small talk, but he offered to pay us like $200 before he got in the car, So that gives him a ride, like 10 miles.”
She added: “So that was kind of weird. Then he told us he’s been camping without his fiancé for days, he said he has a fiancée, and he’s back on his social media page working in their van. was being.”
She said: “Then once in a conversation I brought up ‘We’re Going to Jackson’. [and] He panicked. He’s like ‘No, I need to get out now, pull over’.”
She said she and her boyfriend arrived at Jackson Dam, which is close to Colter Bay.
“We dropped him on August 29 at 6.09 pm. He got out of the car, and then it was like ‘I’m just looking for someone else to go on a hitchhike,'” she said.
“And we were like, okay. It was weird. So when we picked him up he was wearing a backpack, a long sleeve, pants, hiking boots, and he had scum, but he doesn’t look dirty. Was. “
Other witnesses have said of seeing Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundry at various points during their visit.
Jay Foster, who is from Alabama, and is traveling in the US on his bus, met the couple on August 10 near Moab, Utah. They told Granthshala: “It looked like nothing was wrong. At least on the surface. In the 45 minutes I spent time with him before going on my hike in Arches, they both seemed perfectly fine.”
He continued: “They were smiling, laughing, holding hands, etc. This whole thing pissed me off. I guess you never really know what’s going on behind closed doors .
While Mr Laundry has declined to speak with police, who have described him as an interesting person, he issued a statement saying he hoped the search for Ms Petito was successful. Police have not identified any evidence of the crime.
Meanwhile on Friday his sister spoke warmly to the brother
Appearing on ABC News good Morning AmericaCassie Laundry said she hasn’t spoken to him since he returned to his home in North Port.
“I wish I could talk to him,” she said. “I have cooperated in every way that I could. I wish I had the information or I would have given more.”
She said her brother was the type of person who would do the right thing for his family and Ms. Petito.
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