Brian Laundrie Shared Chilling Post Just Before Gabby Petito's Death
Published in Sep 2021 / Updated in Oct 2021
In the days before Gabby Petito's death, her fiancé Brian Laundrie shared numerous disturbing posts.
The missing 23-year-old has been officially charged with illegal bank card use, and the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest on Thursday.
Brian is a person of interest in a homicide investigation regarding 22-year-old Gabby.
The Case That Shook The Nation
Brian Laundrie came home on September 1st, but Gabby hasn't been seen since at least a week before.
She was reported missing on September 11th. Her family hasn't seen her or spoke to her since the last week of August.
Brian, now a fugitive, and late Gabby were traveling and sharing their life on Instagram, calling it #VanLife. Despite the pretty photos, it seems that the relationship was far from what was represented on Instagram.
Once Gabby was classified as a missing person, Chief of North Port Police, Todd Garrison, wanted to include Brian into solving her case:
"We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks."
"The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out."
The Petito family was also vocal about the lack of Brian's concern:
"Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida. These are critical questions that require immediate answers."
Laundrie's sister, Cassie Laundrie, was the only person who talked to the media, stating that she misses Gabby and that the whole family hopes she will safely return. Cassie said:
"She's like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding."
But just days later, on the 19th, everything will change.
Human Remains Found
The investigators found a lifeless body in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sunday, 19th. Two days later, it was confirmed that the remains belonged to Gabby Petito.
The tip about the possible location came from a couple of YouTubers. Jenn and Kyle Bethune, known as Red White & Bethune, spotted Gabby's white van on August 27th in the area.
After talking to the FBI, the couple shared the finding and stated:
"We were editing our Sunday video, tonight and we were looking at footage from on August 27th, 2021, around 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Spread Creek Dispersed Camping. We had passed by a white van with Florida Plates. We noticed it because we are originally from Florida and wanted to stop and say hi. When we passed the van, all the lights were off and it didn't look like anyone was there. We ended up leaving because we couldn't find a spot."
Jenn added that the camera was accidentally left on.
But, even before Gabby's body was found, on the 14th, the Laundrie family confirmed that Brian was missing. In fact, they said they've been missing for a few days, and many were disappointed with police work.
Police Under Fire
Detectives and other experts also criticized the police. Ed Gavin, an expert in missing person cases and former acting chief of the New York City Administration for Children's Services, said Laundrie should have been "under surveillance."
"They should've been all over him. The fact that they let him out of their sight, that's a no-no. Time is of the essence with these investigations."
Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade homicide detective, wondered why the detectives didn't obtain a warrant sooner.
"Why would you get consent from the guy and not get a search warrant?"
"You can get a search warrant for everything in that house, including his laptop."
People are also concerned about how the police handled the case of a domestic dispute which involved Brian and Gabby, who was stopped on August 12th.
Despite a 911 call, in which a man claimed he saw a man hitting a woman, the police who stopped Laundrie and Petito and the bodycam footage clearly shows that the officers did not assess the situation appropriately.
Petito was visibly shaken, telling the officers:
"We've been fighting all morning. He wouldn't let me in the car before... He told me I needed to calm down."
"She just gets worked up sometimes, I try to distance myself from her. I locked the car.
"I said, 'Let's just take a breather.' She had her phone. I was trying to push her away to say, 'Let's just take a step back.'"
He added that she was hitting him with her phone. The officers claimed that it was a "mental/emotional health break," not a case of domestic abuse.
Before leaving, the police estimated that Brian was a victim, while Petito was the preparator.
Compare their conclusions with the 911 call:
Gabby's mom received a text message days later. However, she claims that Gabby didn't write it, adding:
"The van was in Florida on the 1st [of September]. I think I can do the math."
The final text sent on August 30th read: "No service in Yosemite." Nicole Schmidt feels it was very unlike her daughter as well.
This text came a day after Gabby's final Instagram post. Many investigated the post, claiming she did not post it. It didn't have a geotag, and her hair appeared shorter.
Brian Laundrie's Pinterest
Internet sleuths are working hard on solving the case.
It appears that Laundrie saved several pins that many are now calling disturbing.
The posts were saved before Gabby's disappearance, and one folder is called "My Heart."
It's followed by the words:
"Don't try to find me. I have finally escaped my master's wicked clutches."
"To the others I say: JOIN ME. Bite the hand that feeds you. Vive La Beberte - Pierre."
Another post is a quote from the movie Fight Club:
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
The most disturbing is an image of a headstone with "My Baby" inscribed on it. This is a work of Sacha Strange, and it also includes the words:
"She'll never find a sweet man like me."
Though it was not confirmed that the Pinterest belongs to Brian, The Sun pointed out that the account shares albums that belong to Laundrie's parents.
Additionally, it features Bizarre Designs masks, modeled by Petito, and it is confirmed Instagram name for Brian Laundrie.
Brian is still missing, and the police, including K-9 units and the diving teams, are all focused on finding him.