A police search warrant has revealed that text messages sent by Gabby Petito in the days before her mother’s disappearance show rising tensions between her and Brian Laundry.
The warrant said Nicole Schmidt’s suspicions were further heightened when she received a final “odd text” in which Ms Petito mentioned her grandfather by her first name “Stan” on 27 August.
“Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” the text said as warranted.
Ms Schmidt said the text was relatable because her daughter never called her grandfather by his first name.
“The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter,” the warrant said, and provided “probable reason” that a serious crime had been committed.
The warrant states that Ms. Petito’s phone was switched off on August 31 or September 1.
Ms Schmidt previously told the media that she had received a final text message from her daughter on 30 August, which she believed was fake.
Police seized the Ford Transit van in which the couple was traveling on September 11. They found an external hard drive in the van, and three days later, on 14 September, a search warrant was issued to examine the drive.
Police said they wanted to locate “any and all” external storage devices from the Laundry family’s home, as well as retrieve emails, text messages and Internet browsing history from the devices.
Florida Police and FBI Agents Laundry raided the family’s home on Monday As he executed a search warrant.
Officers with rams and body armor arrived home at North Port at around 9:45 a.m. and declared the site a “crime site.”
Mr. Laundry’s parents Christopher and Roberta were removed from the property as searches went through the room to look for clues about Mr. Laundry’s location.
The search warrant was written by Daniel Alix, a detective with the North Port Police Department, and filed Friday in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit Court.
It also cited a dispute between the couple in Moab, Utah on 12 August, as an additional reason to be concerned for Ms Petito’s safety.
In audio from a 911 call released on Monday, a witness reported seeing Mr Laundry hit and slap Miss Petito.
Police seized the couple’s Ford Transit van soon after receiving a 911 call, but the incident was not deemed serious enough to press charges.
The timeline presented in the search warrant also stated concerns regarding Ms Petito’s mental health, and that she may not be able to care for herself because of “her growing anxiety”.
The warrant refers to Ms. Petito by her full name, Gabriele Venora Petito, and lists her date of birth as 19 March 1999.
Ms Petito’s human remains are believed to have been discovered on Sunday in a remote part of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
The post-mortem is expected to be completed on Tuesday.
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