Gabby Petito news – Map shows her movements in final days before vanishing as weird thing her fiancé did is revealed
A MAP reveals the final movements of Gabby Petito before the 22-year-old traveler went missing later last month.
On Wednesday, her fiancé Brian Laundrie was named by cops as a person of interest in the case, as her Instagram account reveals his strange habits as they traveled in the back of their converted van.
Cops also confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Laundrie returned to his parents' house in Florida on September 1, almost two weeks before Petito's family became concerned and reported her missing.
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, were traveling together in a white van which was seized from his parents' home on Saturday.
Local police asked for witnesses who may have seen the van in the previous weeks to contact them as Laundrie continues to refuse to speak to them.
They blasted him for "hindering" the investigation as potentially the last person to have seen Petito.
The couple lived together in Florida the past two years having met in high school in New York, her family said.
They had been documenting their "Van Life" travels on their social media accounts and set up a YouTube channel just three weeks ago to chronicle their adventures through national state parks.
Petito's Instagram account, which was temporarily disabled on Wednesday morning, appears to give a timeline to her location over the past few weeks.
They left Blue Point, New York, on July 2 after visiting family for Petito's brother's high school graduation.
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The couple planned a road trip through Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, that would finish in Yellowstone.
The account tracks the trip through Monument Rocks, Colorado Springs, and Grand Sand Dunes Park in early July.
The couple then appeared to travel to Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon Nation Park, and Mystic Hot Springs, where they began to review their hikes on Dyrt.
A post from July 18 shows them smiling together in a canyon at Zion Natonal Park.
Just 12 days later, Petito revealed Laundrie's strange hiking habit in a post from Canyonlands National Park.
'PEOPLE COMMENT ON LAUNDRIE'
Laundrie "hikes barefoot everywhere we go!" she wrote.
"If it were up to him, he wouldn’t own any shoes! But I just find it funny how many people comment on the fact that he is barefoot," she continued.
"As soon as we reached the end of this easy walk, I kicked off my @sanuk, and this woman who seemed very concerned asked me if the crust was hot.
"I was in such a different mindset that this question fazed me. Even if it was boiling lava, I was just so happy to be there that I didn’t think about the sun."
Posts from their social media accounts remained quiet again until they checked in on August 12 at Arches National Park in Utah.
"On a calm Monday morning, @bizarre_design_ and I decided to take the highly trafficked hike to the Delicate Arch," Petito wrote.
"Not sure if it’s because it was 7ᴀᴍ on a Monday, but there actually were not as many people on the trail as I expected."
'INCIDENT INVOLVING COUPLE'
On Tuesday, it emerged police in Utah responded to a mystery "incident" involving the couple on the same day.
Moab Chief of Police Bret Edge said: "Our officers did respond to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August 2021 however, neither Brian or Gabrielle were the reporting party."
They posted their last review on Dyrt from the same spot on July 29.
"Highly recommend taking a walk to watch the stars very late at night!" it read.
"There is a spot past the tress if where the sky completely opens up, really nice spot in the shade to put tent!
"Got to watch a crazy thunderstorm in our newly converted van! Follow our journey Nomadicstatik.com & YouTube!!"
The next day, August 13, Laundrie posted for the last time from Moab, Utah.
"Humans are primates, great apes in fact but I don’t know all how great we are as a species," he wrote.
"Chimpanzees share 98.8% of there DNA with humans, our closest living relative, but as I see it every living creature is in some way our relative even trees."
Petito was not seen in any of his pictures.
On August 24, Petito was last seen as she checked out of a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie.
The next day was her final post on Instagram from Ogden, Utah.
It was simply captioned "Happy Halloween" with a number of pictures of her beside a famous mural in the city.
That same day is when Petito's mom claims she received her final call from her daughter saying that she was in Grand Teton National Park.
Nicole Schmidt said she received texts from Petito until August 30 but remains unsure if they were sent by her daughter.
The text she reportedly received on August 30 read that cell service was limited in Yellowstone which was the couple's planned destination.
It is unclear if either of them ever went to Yellowstone.
Laundrie arrived home to North Port, Flordia – a 37-hour drive away – the next day, cops say.
He has since acquired an attorney and refused to talk to law enforcement.
Petito was reported missing on September 11, and multiple agencies are now involved in the search.
Police said on Wednesday: "Gabrielle’s vehicle was recovered here in North Port [Florida] at her home on September 11th. A home shared with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie and his parents.
"That vehicle was fully processed for evidence along with FBI agents Tuesday evening.
"As of now, Brian has not made himself available to be interviewed by investigators or has provided any helpful details."
On Tuesday, Laundrie issued a statement through his lawyer, saying: "This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family.
"I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family.
"On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment."
The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips. 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
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