FBI announces dead body found in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming matches Pettito’s description
Investigators on Sunday discovered a body consistent with Gabby Petito’s description, but stopped short of confirming a positive ID of her remains. The 22-year-old’s family reported her missing last week, after a month-long cross-country road trip.
Below are a timeline of his trips across the country in the months before Pettito’s disappearance.
Rainbow appears where authorities believe the body to be Gabby Petito.
June-July 2021: Petito posts first photos of road trip from Kansas
Petito and fiancé Brian Laundry leave New York in a white 2012 Ford Transit Connect van, making it to its first major stop at Monument Rocks in western Kansas on July 4.
“There’s no place like the little house we built,” she wrote in an Instagram post from the location.
Pettito’s family questions Laundry’s silence
July 8-11, 2021: Colorado Springs and Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo.
Petito made it to Colorado in the second week of July, first to Colorado Springs and then to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
“Turning this Ford Transit into essentially a camper was such an adventure in itself, but I couldn’t love more of the way it turned out! All the places it’s brought us so far are amazing! Like As we reached the Great Sand Dune I didn’t want to leave, there was so much to hike!” Petito wrote on July 11.
“I’m so grateful we found such a great place to spend the night and surf the dunes! And the night sky here was crazy! Never seen so many stars!”
July 16, 2021: Petito posts photo to Instagram from Zion National Park in Utah
Petito visited the sprawling park for a few days, according to an Instagram post he shared.
“The last two nights camping in Zion have been really good,” she wrote. “We climbed about 100° here and it was great to be back at our campsite, watching the sky fill with dark clouds, and lightning storms in a nice cool breeze of light rain.”
July 21-22, 2021: Petito posted photos from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A few days later, she traveled to Bryce Canyon National Park, which is known for its beautiful rock formations.
“Such a beautiful drive here Zion → Cedar Breaks → Bryce After the rain the valley is a dark orange visibility,” Petito wrote.
July 26, 2021: Petito shares photos from Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah
Petito shared several photos of himself soaking in a tub at Mystic Hot Springs. “I took a very comfortable nap here,” she wrote.
Another photo showed Laundrie kissing him.
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August 12, 2021: Police encounter outside Arches National Park, Utah
Police in Moab, Utah, said they responded to an incident involving petito and laundry outside Arches National Park. bodycam videos Has shown Pettito said in tears that the couple were fighting among themselves. laundry said He hit her with his phone and grabbed the steering wheel of the van so that he could be pulled over as the police were chasing them. Investigators said neither Petito nor Laundry had made the initial incident call, and no one filed charges.
August 19, 2021: Video from ‘Van Life Journey’ uploaded to YouTube
a Video Posted on YouTube channel Van Life, Petito showed him enjoying several adventures in his white van.
“After our first cross country trip in a little Nissan Sentra, we both decided that we wanted to cut down on our lives and travel full time, but fit everything in the car’s tiny little trunk for two people. Trying to do this, as well as spending too much gas, food and Airbnb, was not the route to take,” the channel description reads.
“We realized quickly that we had to come up with a solution if we wanted to continue to travel and be nomadic, so we used the space with our small van, a simple 2012 Ford Transit Connect, with unique design and features. Handcrafted,” the post continued. “Creating a space for both artistic expression and hiking. Thank you so much for watching, and we hope you tag along wherever the van takes us on our trip!”
August 25, 2021: Last Instagram photo, phone call to family
Petito posted his last Instagram photo, which appears to be from Utah. Her mother, Nicole Schmidt, said that her daughter had called her from Grand Teton National Park, and that it would be the young woman’s last call to her family.
August 27, 2021: Bound for Yellowstone?
petito Allegedly Told a friend on Snapchat that she was going to Yellowstone National Park. Separately, an unnamed friend told The Sun that she and Petito were planning to talk about meeting there on August 29, adding, “He had to call on my birthday and we’re going to find out. were because his journey wasn’t on time.” The friend said he never heard from Petito again.
August 30, 2021: Petito’s mother receives strange text message
Schmidt said he received a text from his daughter that read, “No signs in Yosemite,” referring to Yosemite National Park in Northern California.
The mother later told Granthshala News that she did not believe the message was from her daughter. On August 27, Petito told a friend that she was going to Yellowstone, but it was unclear whether she had gone there.
September 1, 2021: Laundry returns to Florida
Police said a laundry van in North Port, Fla. returned to where the couple was living with their parents.
September 11, 2021: Petito’s mother reports his disappearance to New York officials
Nicole Schmidt reported her daughter’s disappearance to the Suffolk County Police Department in New York after she was unable to contact him.
September 19, 2021: FBI says body found in Grand Teton National Park matches Petito’s description
The FBI announced that a body found near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming matched Petito’s description.
While the investigation was still on, officials said they still have not identified the body as 100% positive.
“The FBI and our allies extend our heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family and loved ones,” the FBI said in a statement.
The cause of death was yet to be ascertained.