search Gabby Petito’s body TikTokers may have helped those who shared their evidence online.
The 22-year-old disappeared during a road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundry in late August – she returned home alone and refused to speak to authorities about her whereabouts when she was listed as a missing person on September 11 .
He soon went missing and online spies took the matter into their own hands. More than half a billion TikTok users have seen the hashtag #GabbyPetito since his disappearance.
Petito’s body was then found and later recognized on Tuesday in the Grand Teton National Park area of Wyoming and the FBI has confirmed he died pending a final autopsy.
These particular social media accounts are believed to have helped lead the investigation by key authorities to his body.
1. The TikToker who claimed he picked up the laundry when he was alone
Miranda Baker posted a TikTok video on September 17, revealing that she and her boyfriend picked up the laundry while he was hitchhiking on August 29.
The couple claim they gave her a lift to Grand Teton National Park, where Petito’s body was found, and that the laundry offered $200 for just the 10-mile ride.
When Baker told her she was traveling to Jackson Hole, Laundry immediately told her to stop so she could get out.
Baker recalled: “He got excited. He felt like he needed to get out, he was kind of a cheetah. And that’s when things got weird.”
Reportedly, he said that he was going to find “someone else” for the hitchhiker.
The North Port Police Department later confirmed that they had spoken to Baker about his evidence.
2. The TikToker who saw the laundry alone in Spread Creek
Jessica Schultz posted the video online even after telling the FBI that she had seen a white van believed to be van laundry and that Petito was driving for their road trip.
She said she saw it near Grand Teton National Park on August 26 — the day after Pettito’s last video call with her mother, which was confirmed as the 22-year-old’s last — and saw Laundry acting in a strange way. .
Schultz claimed that Petito was not around because Laundry parked his van in Spread Creek.
On TikTok, Schultz said: “He was so weird and confused and it was just him, no Gabby.”
He claimed that he had advised the FBI to search Petito near Spread Creek after that incident – and the body was found near the area on Sunday.
She alleged that the FBI also told her: “You’re the ones who really got us to the right place, so thank you.”
3. YouTubers Who Saw Abandoned Van Laundry And Petito Was Driving
Jane and Kyle Bethune say they saw the couple’s van on August 27, the day Petito disappeared, at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area, where his body was later found.
He said: “We came across a white van with a Florida Plate, a small white van.
“We were going to stop and say hello because we’re also from Florida, but the van was completely dark, no one was there so we decided to continue on our way.”
He claimed that the van seemed to be “abandoned” as they passed it.
Their GoPro and . In footage captured from posted on youtube, Bethunes also speculated that they could see a dark figure digging in a field behind the trees behind the van.
Petito’s family said they and the FBI were aware of Bethune’s video.
The FBI is still appealing to the public to come forward if they have any additional information about the case.
“For photos and details, please see FBI looking for information poster For Ms. Petito. Relevant information may be submitted to the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov, or by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-628-7171.
“Photos and videos may be uploaded through the FBI’s digital media tip line dedicated to this case: fbi.gov/petito.”