A timeline of Gabby Petito’s case and the missing suspect

Alexia Barton, Assistant Print Editor

Before Petito’s disappearance

Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, started their cross-country road trip that was set to end on Halloween. The couple took Petito’s van and planned to stop at the National Parks around the United States.

On Aug. 12, in Moab, Utah police responded to reports of the couple having a dispute outside the van in the middle of the night. The police ended up leaving and pinning the dispute as a mental health issue and not a domestic dispute.

During the last weekend of August was the last time that Petito’s family was in contact with her. Petito and Laundrie were in the Tetons in Wyoming when the last Facetime call with Petito’s mother occurred.

The last piece of contact that the family had with Petito was a text message that said, “No service in Yosemite.” which her family said they do not believe was from her (CNN).


Laundrie returns to Florida

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to the house he and Petito shared with his parents. He arrived in Petito’s van, but without her. 

The police went and recovered the van and asked the family if Laundrie was there. 

The parents of Laundrie said things like “no comment” and “get in touch with his attorney” before Laundrie was even a confirmed suspect. (Fox News)


Petito Reported Missing

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. After this, Laundrie was marked as a “subject of interest,” as he was the last known person seen with Petito.

As of this point, Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, told him to stay quiet and not to speak to any authorities on the matter (New York Times).

Police were searching in the national parks around where Petito had last posted on Instagram, as well as told her family where she was going.


Laudrie Goes Missing

On Sept. 17, Laundrie’s parents called the police to their house and reported him missing as well.

There are currently no leads to where Laundrie is, and an active search for where he is. There is only speculation on what might have happened, but no trace of Laundrie reported by police.

There is currently a search warrant out for Laundrie, and the public is asked to report findings to the law enforcements and not approach.


Petio’s Body Found

On Sept. 19, human remains were found in Wyoming, and were believed to belong to Petito near where she and Laundrie were last supposed to be.

As of Sept. 21, the FBI conducted an autopsy and confirmed that the remains were in fact Petito’s, and the cause of death was homicide.