Jane Bethune tells ‘Granthshala & Friends’ about accidental encounter with the van used by Gabby Pettito and fiancé
A travel blogger who identified Gabby Petito’s van in video footage from a trip to Wyoming revealed details about the chance encounter Monday on “Granthshala & Friends.”
Jane Bethune reacted to the news investigators had found a body that matched the 22-year-old, saying it was heartwarming to be able to help the Petito family close despite the disastrous discovery.
Bethune told host Ainsley Earhart, “I’m so sad we couldn’t bring her back alive, but being able to bring her back to her family or helping her is everything.”
“It’s so heartwarming that everything fell into place to do this.”
Over the weekend, officials found human remains in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Petito’s last known location.
Rainbow appears where authorities believe the body to be Gabby Petito.
Bethune said she remembers driving in the back of the van and thought of stopping to introduce herself.
“The reason we saw the van is because we are from Florida and the van had Florida plates and we wanted to stop and say hello,” Bethune said of how he noticed the white 2012 Ford Transit van.
“But the van was very dark, closed, there seemed to be no activity so we continued to drive.”
Bethune said she saw the van in her blogging footage in recent days when someone tagged her in a story and asked her and anyone in Teton in late August for any possible clues to Gabby’s disappearance. Requested to watch the video.
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“I got chills all over my body and I went straight back to my laptop, got my GoPro footage, and lo and behold Gabby’s van was there,” she explained.
Bethune said she spoke to Gabby’s mother after law enforcement turned in her footage.
“It was beautiful, we got to share some moments together on FaceTime,” she said, when asked about the conversation.
“Just two moms, really just a really good cry.”
Gabby’s fiancé, Brian Laundry, a man interested in the case, went missing in North Port, Florida, earlier this week, and has yet to be found.
Officials said the remains matched Petito’s description, but have yet to confirm identity through DNA testing. An autopsy for the body is scheduled for Tuesday and will likely yield clues to its timing and cause of death.