– The ‘Van life’ road trip ends with the death of Gabby Petito



Gabrielle Petito, 22, who was reported missing on September 11, 2021 after traveling with her boyfriend across the country in a van and never returning home, is shown in this undated photo. North Port / Florida Police / Document via REUTERS

September 22 (Reuters) – The body of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old traveler, was discovered in a U.S. national park in Wyoming on Sunday, more than two months after she left on a cross-country trip with her fiance, Brian Laundry . Police search a Florida wilderness in search of Laundrie, which has not been seen since September 14. Here is a timeline of the events of the case:


Petito and Laundrie leave their parents’ home in North Port, Florida in their white 2012 Ford Transit van. They drive north to the home state of Petito, New York, to witness his brother’s high school graduation ceremony.


July 2: The couple leave New York City, heading west for a long road trip through the United States. Petito plans to document the trip on YouTube and Instagram.

July 4-22: Petito posts a series of photos as they travel through Kansas, Colorado and Utah, including stops at several national parks. In a caption, she cheerfully describes the “adventure” of the trip.

July 26-31: Petito publishes several photos of Utah. In one of the photos, in Mystic Hot Springs, Laundrie is seen kissing him.


August 12: Petito posts footage from Arches National Park in Utah, describing a “calm morning.”

That same day, a 911 caller reported seeing the couple in a fight outside the Moonflower Community Co-op in Moab, Utah. The caller says Laundrie was slapping and hitting Petito.

Moab police stop the van on a highway near Arches National Park. In the body camera video, Petito is seen sobbing as she describes an argument that escalated into a physical altercation. The police ask the couple to spend the night separately.

AOT 19: Petito posts two more photos on Instagram, one of them showing the white van from above. No location is indicated.

August 24: Petito is last seen leaving a Salt Lake City hotel.

AUG 25: Petito posts his final images on Instagram. No location is indicated. His mother, Nicole Schmidt, spoke to him for the last time. Petito tells his mother that the couple are heading to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

AOT 27: Travel bloggers traversing Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest videotape what they believe to be the white pickup truck parked along a dirt road near the scattered Spread Creek Campground.


SEVEN. 1: Laundrie returns alone to North Port, Florida in the white van.

SEVEN. 11: Petito’s family reports his disappearance to police in Suffolk County, New York. A search begins.

SEP 14: Laundrie’s family release statement saying Brian has retained a lawyer and will not speak to law enforcement.

SEVEN. 15: Police appoint Laundrie an “inter person” in the case and say he refused to speak to investigators.

SEVEN. 17: Laundrie’s parents report his disappearance to police, claiming they haven’t seen him for three days, when he went hiking alone in the wilderness of the Carlton Preserve. Police begin a search for laundry in the marshy reserve.

SEVEN. 19: A body is found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, within 304.8 meters of where travel bloggers spotted the van near the scattered Spread Creek campground.

SEVEN. 21: An autopsy is performed on the remains. Agents from the FBI office in Denver confirm that they belong to Petito and that his death was a homicide. The search for Laundromat continues at Carlton Reserve.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Aurora Ellis

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