In the last days of Gabby Petito
Details have emerged of the final days Gabby Petito spent arguing with her fiance Brian Laundrie before the 22-year-old vlogger was killed in an affair that took the internet by storm.
Information gathered from online detectives and revelations from the official investigation paint a grim picture of the fatal road trip that led to Gabby’s death.
From a 911 call reporting the couple for domestic violence to a night spent in various hotels, the events of the days leading up to the murder reveal the couple’s strained relationship.
In an explosive 60-minute interview, Gabby’s mother Nicole Schmidt revealed that her daughter texted, calls, or FaceTime her almost every day.
She said: “I loved receiving the updates and was in awe of what she was doing. It was just amazing.”
This is why the last message Schmidt received from his daughter on August 30 raised red flags.
Gabby is said to have texted “no service in Yosemite” even though she was walking through Grand Teton National Park when she disappeared.
12 days later, Schmidt reported her missing when she heard no more from her daughter.
Gabby was last seen nearly a week before the mysterious last text at a Salt Lake City hotel.
Staff at the Fairfield Inn and Suites near Salt Lake City International Airport confirmed to FOX 13 News that the 22-year-old spent more than a day at the hotel and that law enforcement ‘were recently returned.
Shortly after the police call that ended with Moab officers stopping Brian and Gabby’s white van, the couple were reportedly engaged in an explosive conflict at a restaurant in Wyoming.
Another guest claims to have seen Brian arguing with a waitress at the scene of the fight.
Nina Celie Angelo, of New Orleans, told Fox News she was walking through Jackson Hole with her boyfriend on August 27 when they stopped for lunch at Merry Piglets, a Tex-Mex restaurant, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. .
Angelo claims she watched in shock as Brian argued with a waitress while Gabby sat next to him.
Although Angelo said she couldn’t overhear the conversation, the argument seemed to be about the money.
She said Brian had left the restaurant and been back there at least four times.
Finally, Gabby intervened to apologize for her fiancé’s “aggressive” behavior.
“I’m having chills right now,” Angelo said of the incident.
“It’s crazy because it wasn’t just like we passed them on the street – it was an incident in its own right.”
Today, a behavioral science expert considered the restaurant’s argument to be one of the most important pieces of information in determining who killed the vlogger.
Dr Ann Wolbert Burgess, who pioneered the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, told Fox News: “How she has to apologize for her behavior is characteristic, and it probably infuriates her. even more because he wants to appear a certain way. “
She stressed that the meeting occurred “on or very close to the day she was murdered”.
According to Burgess, another incident of great importance in the resolution of the case is the arrest of the police carried out 12 days earlier which resulted in Gabby and Brian sleeping in separate places.
On August 12, a 911 caller reported Gabby and Brian to police in Moab, Utah, claiming to have seen the 23-year-old hit his fiance.
“I would like to report a family dispute,” said the caller, adding that they were driving a white van with a Florida license plate.
“We walked past and the gentleman slapped the girl. They ran down the sidewalk, he started hitting her, jumped in the car and they drove off.”
Body camera footage released by the Moab PD shows police executing the stop and reveals the emotional tension between the couple.
In the video, a distressed Gabby can be seen with tears streaming down her face as she attempts to explain the conflict to the officers, while Brian has visible scratches all over her body.
“We just got into a fight this morning. Some personal issues,” Gabby explains.
At one point, she adds, “We fought all morning and he wouldn’t let me get in the car before,” Brian told cops “really stressful”.
She can be heard admitting to punching Brian after what she calls a “rough morning”.
The vlogger blames her behavior on her obsessive-compulsive disorder: “I have OCD and I was just cleaning and straightening …
“And I apologized to him and told him I’m sorry for being so mean that sometimes I’m so mean because I have OCD and I’m really frustrated.”
Meanwhile, Brian seems to be joking with the officers, as he says with a smile that he has pushed Gabby a few times in an attempt to fend off his attacks.
Later, an officer asks Gabby if Brian hit her, to which she responds “I guess”, then squeezes her chin in a grabbing motion to piece together what Laundrie would have done.
“He likes, did that with his hand,” she said before the audio was cut off.
Police said they did not charge the couple and instead reluctantly persuaded them to go their separate ways for the night.
After Brian told officers he couldn’t afford a motel, he was booked into a room at the Bowen Motel, a modest $ 78-a-night unit sometimes used to house domestic violence survivors.
Motel staff are said to have cooperated with law enforcement in the murder investigation.
DATE OF CRIME
Now, the release of Gabby’s autopsy results this week revealed that she died three to four weeks ago, placing the date of the murder around the last week of August.
Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died from strangulation, adding that the body was outside “in the wild” until it was found.
Law enforcement officials announced on September 19 that remains had been discovered at a campground in Grand Teton National Park, and two days later it was confirmed that they belonged to Gabby.
Authorities are still looking for Brian, wanted for questioning as a person of interest in Gabby’s death.
Although Brian has not been charged with any crime related to the murder, the FBI has issued an arrest warrant for him for unauthorized use of Gabby’s debit card.
Bank records show that from August 31 to September 1, four days after the couple were spotted at the Merry Piglets restaurant, Brian swiped Gabby’s Capital One card, racking up a balance of $ 1,000.
The 23-year-old has been indicted by a federal grand jury for breaking a federal law prohibiting the use of unauthorized access devices.
Now Brian remains at large as authorities scour multiple areas in search of the missing fugitive.
Law enforcement focused on the Carlton reservation, where Brian reportedly told his parents he was leaving before disappearing on September 13.
But the search effort has also spread to other areas like the Appalachian Trail, as multiple police calls reporting Brian’s sightings dot the country.
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