‘Van Life’ Blogger Gabby Petito Confirmed Dead, Fiancé in the Wind
Meet Gabby Petito. At 22 years old, Gabby had just quit her job to start a travel blog along with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.
Gabby already has a huge following on Instagram and decided to write about her travels while living out of a tiny van. Hence the term 'Van Life.'
The two set out on a cross-country road trip living out of a 2012 Ford Transit Connect. The video link in Gabby's Instagram bio shows a happy and spirited couple.
That video shows us two people just chasing their dreams together.
What the video doesn't show is the altercation which took place a week before in Moab, Utah.
Police pulled the couple over after their van was spotted speeding, driving erratically, and eventually hitting a curb.
The body camera footage was released from that day, and we get a clearer picture of both Brian and Gabby.
What we know:
-Gabby was more stressed than usual that morning and had some sort of mental lapse.
-Brian had locked her out of the van earlier in an effort to keep space between the two.
-During the pull-over attempt, Gabby struck Brian in the face leaving him with a minor scrape/scratch.
-Gabby also held onto the steering wheel, causing the van to hit a curb.
-Neither were intoxicated.
-Gabby was NOT cited for domestic violence.
-Brian stayed in a hotel that night, while Gabby took the van.
The video ends with Brian checking into a hotel and the police were on their way. From what we can tell, things went back to normal. A week later Gabby would post the preview video of their travels, as well as this Instagram photo.
And one more 6 days later. Her last post to date.
Brian Laundrie arrived in the van at the couple's home in North Port, FL without Gabby.
10 days after Brian's return, the Petitos who reside in New York, reported Gabby missing. They had tried to contact her, but had been unsuccessful. When police in North Port showed up to question Brian, he had already lawyered up.
He is not speaking to the police currently.
The Petito family attorney read a letter directed to the parents of Brian Laundrie, begging them to come forward with any information on Gabby's location.
According to CNN, authorities are now searching for Brian Laundrie in addition to Gabby Petito. Laundrie's family informed police that they hadn't seen him since Tuesday of this week.
Human remains matching the description of Gabby Petito have been found by police in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Strangely enough a YouTuber spotted the couple's van while editing, and sent the location to police.
The internet is unbelievable, man. YouTube vlogger spotted Gabby Petito & Brian Laundrie’s van while editing footage, reported it, police searched the area & sadly (but fortunately for the investigation) found her body. That was truly a needle in a haystack found by the internet pic.twitter.com/3a0ovcsg4n— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 19, 2021
An autopsy will be conducted this Tuesday, the 21st and identification of the remains will be confirmed.
Gabby's father Joseph took to Twitter to honor his daughter.
#GABBYPETITO she touched the world. pic.twitter.com/DukH7UCTPo— joseph petito (@josephpetito) September 19, 2021
According to the Petito Family Lawyer, the remains found by police in Wyoming are confirmed to be that of Gabby Petito.
This story is far from over as Brian Laundrie's whereabouts are still unknown.