“Van Life” vlogger Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11, 2021. What happened between her and her fiancé in the days leading up to her death?
July 2021: New adventures
Petito and Laundrie leave New York for what was supposed to be a four-month, cross-country trip visiting and camping in national parks. They plan to sleep in their van and document their travels on Instagram and YouTube.
August 12, 2021: Disorderly conduct stop
A 911 call is placed by someone who reports seeing a confrontation between Gabby and Brian. The caller said he saw Laundrie hit Petito., are dispatched and pull the van over. It is unclear if they knew the details of the 911 call. Police bodycam video shows Petito crying and upset. The police report says that Petito hit Laundrie, but no arrests were made. The couple is separated for the night – Laundrie checks into a hotel and Petito stays in the van.
August 19, 2021: “Van Life”
Petito and Laundrie post a video on YouTube called “Van Life: Beginning Our Van Life Journey.” The images show them laughing and kissing.
August 24, 2021: Seen in Salt Lake City
Petito and Laundrie are reportedly seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City.
August 25, 2021: Gabby’s last post
The van is spotted at Grand Teton National Park. This is also the last day a post is made to Petito’s Instagram account.
August 27, 2021: An odd text
According to a search warrant, on August 27, Petito’s mother says she receives an odd text from Gabby’s phone. It read, “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls.” Stan is Gabby’s grandfather, but her mother says Gabby never referred to him by his first name. Gabby’s mother said it was out of character and concerning.
August 29, 2021: Hitchhiking claims
Miranda Baker posts on her TikTok claiming she picked up Brian Laundrie, who was hitchhiking alone.
August 30, 2021: Another text
Petito’s mom says she receives a text from Gabby’s phone. She wouldn’t comment on what it said but according to some reports it read “no service in yosemite”.
September 1, 2021: Brian returns home
According to police, Laundrie returns to North Port, Florida, where he lived with Gabby — but he was alone.
September 11, 2021: Gabby reported missing
Gabby’s mother files awith the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department after not hearing from her since late August.
September 13, 2021: Where is Brian?
Laundrie’s parents tell police Brian left the family’s home for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.
September 14, 2021: Families torn apart
Brian Laundrie’s family issues a statement through their lawyer saying that they intend to remain in the background while the search for Gabby is underway. Petito’s family issues a statement accusing Laundrie of refusing to tell them where he last saw Gabby.
September 15, 2021: A person of interest
North Port Police say that Laundrie is refusing to cooperate and name him as a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance.
September 16, 2021: A plea for help
North Port Police hold a. Gabby’s father asks everyone to help find his daughter.
September 18, 2021: The search for Brian
Thebegins in the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve. His parents say that was where he was headed the last time they saw him.
September 19, 2021: Remains found
Authorities say theynear Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming where the van was previously spotted.
September 20, 2021: FBI raid
Police execute aon Laundrie’s home, seizing his car and a hard drive that may contain “evidence that a felony has been committed.”
September 21, 2021: Gabby is identified
A coroner confirms that the remains found in Wyoming is Gabby Petito and determined. The FBI announce they are taking over the criminal investigation, and authorities continue to search for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve.
September 23, 2021: Arrest warrant issued
A federal court in Wyoming issues an arrest warrant for. He’s charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card to make unauthorized withdrawals worth more than $1,000 during the time Petito went missing.
September 24, 2021: A vigil for Gabby
A candlelight vigil is held for Petito in her hometown of Blue Point, New York.
September 25, 2021: Helping others
Petito’s father announces the creation of the Gabby Petito Foundation to “help people in similar situations as Gabby” and provide resources and guidance for parents searching for missing children.
September 26, 2021: Saying goodbye
Over 1,000 people attend a public memorial service for Petito at a Long Island, New York, funeral home. The service was also streamed online.
September 28, 2021: “Turn yourself in”
Petito’s family and their attorney thanked law enforcement on Tuesday andto turn himself in to authorities.
October 6, 2021: Laundrie’s travels in August
flew cross-country to visit his parents’ home in Florida during his trip with Gabby Petito, according to the Laundrie family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolini. The attorney says Laundrie flew home on August 17 and returned to Utah on August 23, four days before Petito was last seen. Laundrie flew to Florida to get some supplies and close a storage unit to save money, Bertolini told CBS News. He says Laundrie and Petito were thinking about extending their road trip.
October 12, 2021: Gabby Petito strangled to death, coroner says
The coroner in Teton County, Wyoming, announces Gabby Petito. Dr. Brent Blue said the manner of death is still considered a , backing initial autopsy results that were released last month. Petito’s body was outside for 3-4 weeks before it was discovered, the Blue said. He declined to comment on whether Petito is believed to have died in the location she was found, or whether her body was buried.
October 20, 2021: Apparent human remains found at Carlton Reserve
The FBI confirms that authorities have found “what” at the site where they were searching for Brian Laundrie. Special agent Michael McPherson also says authorities found personal items nearby — including a backpack and notebook — that the believe belong to Laundrie. The suspected human remains were found in an area previously underwater, the FBI said. Authorities are investigating whether the remains belong to Brian Laundrie.
October 21, 2021: Brian Laundrie’s remains identified, FBI says
The FBI confirmsfound a day earlier at a Florida reserve belong to Brian Laundrie. The comes after a weeks-long manhunt following the disappearance and death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito.
November 23, 2020: Attorney: Brian Laundrie dies by suicide
Brian Laundrie died from ato the head and his manner of death was suicide, according to his family’s attorney Steven Bertolino.
January 21, 2022: Brian Laundrie claimed “responsibility” for Gabby Petito’s death in notebook, says FBI
In its final report on the investigation into ‘s death, the FBI reports that Brian Laundrie claimed responsibility for his fiancée’s death in a notebook found near his remains. The FBI in Denver, which led the investigation, says a notebook, a backpack and a revolver were found near the remains later identified as Laundrie. In the notebook was Laundrie’s written confession, the FBI says. The FBI also confirms that Laundrie had been “attempting to deceive law enforcement by giving the impression that Ms. Petito was still alive” by continuing a text chain between their two phones after she is believed to have died.”