ONLINE sleuths believe a tourist's video shot in Zion National Park shows Gabby Petito holding hands with her fugitive fiance Brain Laundrie — five weeks before she was murdered.
The video was posted to Instagram before it was pointed out it showed a couple who strongly resembled Gabby and Brian who were visiting the spot in Utah at this time.
Five weeks after the video was taken, 22-year-old Gabby’s body was found dumped in a park in neighboring Wyoming after she was strangled to death.
The Zion National Park location and the couple’s clothes in the video appear to match images uploaded to Laundrie’s Instagram.
One sleuth said: "It is 100 percent them. Just the necklace alone is proof."
Another said: "To me nothing sticks out. Normal behavior, holding hands, guiding through the trail."
Laundrie’s own photographs of their trip to the park have a message alongside that is directed at Gabby.
It says: "It’s a lot easier walking up river holding someone’s hand than walking alone."
But this seemingly happy scene is at odds with the last reported sightings of the couple several weeks later.
One of the last times the vlogger was seen alive involved a row between Laundrie, 23, at a Wyoming restaurant called Merry Piglets.
Describing the argument that took place on August 27, a witness Nina Celie Angelo told ABC News: "I would say Gabby was upset, he was angry, and he was just being very temperamental towards the restaurant staff."
Angelo described Laundrie's body language as "aggressive" and said that he left and returned to the restaurant around four times, continuing the conflict.
Another domestic dispute police responded to 15 days earlier on August 12 in Moab, Utah.
On September 19, Gabby’s remains were found at Bridger–Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
A few weeks earlier, on September 1, Laundrie had returned from the trip having driven the couple's vehicle from Wyoming to Florida alone.
He refused to talk about Petito's whereabouts before disappearing himself, sparking a massive manhunt.
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
- September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
- September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
- October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
Gabby's case has gripped the US with police desperately trying to piece together what happened to her and thousands of online amateur detectives – and even Dog the Bounty Hunter – joining the hunt for Brian.
And her parents have branded Brian Laundrie a “coward” and slammed his parents in an emotional interview with Australian TV show 60 Minutes.
Gabby’s mom, Nicole Schmidt, said: "They know most of the information, I don't know why they're doing this to us. I feel like we need to just know, at this point."
The statement is thought to refer to claims the Laundrie family failed to provide the authorities with the full information about the fugitive, giving rise to the claims Laundrie may have had help with his disappearance.
Gabby’s dad, Joe Petito, said: "If they do know something and they're withholding that and they don't want to let us know, it's cruel."
Nicole agreed with this. She said: "Their actions don't show that their son is missing. It shows that they're just comfortable and they probably know where he is."
Schmidt added: "Their actions don't show that their son is missing. It shows that they're just comfortable and they probably know where he is."
Gabby’s mom also hit out at Brian Laundrie, describing him as “a coward,” in the interview due to air October 17.
She said: "This was evil. She was taken at somebody else's hand."
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