Video posted by a couple on a road trip across America they say shows a white Ford Transit van used by Gabby Pettito and her boyfriend, which is currently being searched by the FBI.
In a development that could help tighten the timeline and narrow down the locations for investigators searching for Ms Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundry, a couple uploaded videos showing the white vehicle, saying they It was passed on the evening of 27 August.
It was erected on the edge of a so-called scattered campsite on Spread Creek Road, about 20 miles north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Ms. Petito’s family is believed to have said it was the vehicle, and they wrote on Facebook that the FBI had information.
The campsite was being searched Saturday by dozens of agents from the FBI, the National Park Service and other agencies.
video posted by Jane and Kyle Bethune, who adapted the 1983 Sliver Eagle bus to hit the road, and posted the video update on their page Red White & Bethune, subtitled “Showing America Through Our Lenses”.
“It’s in the Spread Creek scattered camping area. We got there and there was a lot of gravel there and we decided we wanted to try to drive more backwards because we heard the views were better here. So We were on our way back down this long dirt, gravel road,” Mr Bethune said of the video posted on Saturday night.
His wife continued: “And we came in a white van with a Florida plate, a little white van. We were about to stop and say hello because we’re also from Florida, but the van was completely dark. So we decided to continue on our way.”
Mr Bethune said the van appeared to be “abandoned”.
“We thought maybe they were hiking or they were just chilling inside, no doors were open, you know. You know, the Florida Plate, on the other side of the country, isn’t something we think about every day. Let’s see the time.”
While the exterior of the van looks similar to that of Ms. Petito’s camper, which was also captured in police body cam footage, a detail on the inside of the van also appears to match the transit the couple were traveling in – a body. The colored straw hat sat on the dashboard. A similar cap can also be seen on the dashboard of the couple’s van, when it was pulled down by the police on August 12.
Although the license plate is not visible on YouTube footage, the resemblance between the vehicles has prompted speculation, and the couple who shared the video hope the FBI will look into it.
The couple, who are from Tampa and have three children, and a son who died several years ago, said they only realized they may have seen the van, to go back to some footage and give it a new pair. .
Mr Bethune said: “It was kind of weird for a late Saturday evening, but we kind of had a mind saying ‘oh my god there’s the van’ so if anyone can help I know the FBI can help all those Looking for what they can find. Case.”
Ms. Bethune said: “We wanted to include this in the video in any way we could to help get it out there in order to be able to find Gabby Pettito. So if you know anything you can share it. Yes, please don’t hesitate.”
Courtney Bernal, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Denver office Granthshala In an email it was not interviewing media, that it had “no further comment” on the matter, but that an update would be posted to social media.
However, on the main Facebook page set up to help Ms. Petito find and run with family input, an administrator wrote: “We have this video, so is the FBI – we believe it’s a van for a variety of reasons.” . Please don’t close the tip line with a single video. It’s in the hands of the right people. Thank you very much, that’s why we’re asking people to review old photos and videos.”
Meanwhile, in Florida, North Port police are continuing to search for Mr. Laundry, who they say is a person of interest and according to the family has not been seen since Tuesday. Police say they have no evidence of a crime being committed at this point.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /