Not long after the coroner revealed details about Gabby Petito's death, new information emerged about something investigators found next to her body.
Gabby Was Reported Missing About A Month Ago
Although Gabby was reported dead weeks ago, more information about her death has just been made public. As it turns out, the authorities held on to some information about what they found close to her body.
You will soon find out what it is.
Gabby's Case Has Shocked Many
The young woman had gone on a "dream" road trip with Brian Laundrie, her fiance. He is the main suspect in the case.
When the couple took the trip, Gabby intended to document the adventure on social media. Everything was going according to plan until the world learned that she was missing.
The Couple Wanted To Travel To The West Coast And Visit Its National Parks
Through their chief Todd Garrison, the police at North Port explained that Gabby was in contact with her family throughout the trip. Therefore, when communication suddenly stopped towards the end of August, a lot of people noticed.
Soon after, she was reported missing.
Things Got Worse
For a while, everyone thought Gabby was missing, including her family. However, the situation turned out to be much worse after her body was found in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Initially, It Was Not Clear If The Remains Belonged To Gabby
When the authorities first found the remains, they did not know they belonged to Gabby. However, they did report that their physical appearance was consistent with how Petito looked.
The police informed her family about this fact, in addition to confirming that forensic testing was underway to ensure whose remains they had actually found.
Days Later, The Police Confirmed The Worst
The coroner confirmed that the remains the police had found belonged to Gabby Petito on September 21. It was also confirmed that she had died by homicide.
The Laundrie Family Was Asked About Gabby's Disappearance And Death
Although the police talked to the Laundrie family, Brian Laundrie, the main suspect, had disappeared. To this day, he has not been found.
Brian was last seen after he got home by himself in early September from the trip he took with Petito.
By Then, There Were Worrying Signs About Gabby's Plight
Even before Laundrie got back, her mother was already concerned over the fake texts she was getting from her.
One Of The Text Sounded Too Blunt To Be Gabby's
On August 30, Gabby's mom, Nicole Schmidt, got a message that said, "No service in Yosemite." She felt that this text was too blunt to be Gabby's.
Schmidt also got another message that said:
"Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls."
Gabby's mother confirmed that her daughter never referred to her grandpa by that name. That made her even more worried that something terrible had happened to Gabby.
There Was Also A "Possible Domestic Violence" Incident Reported By A Stranger Through 911
The call was made a month before she disappeared. This was also a significant source of concern.
Later, police released a video showing what transpired after police met with the couple. The call was made by a witness in Utah, who claimed to have seen Laundrie hit Gabby before driving off in a van.
In The Call, Gabby Looks Quite Distressed
During the police response to the call, Gabby explained that they had been fighting all morning and that Laundrie would not let him in the car.
Brian Also Talked To The Police
Brian said that Gabby got worked up sometimes and that he often tried to get away from her. Apparently, he had locked the car and asked that they take a break.
He also claimed that Gabby hit him with her phone.
The Incident Was Not Recognized As Domestic Assault
In the end, the police decided that this was a case of "mental/emotional health break" and not domestic assault.
After talking to the officers, the couple agreed to spend the night apart. This would keep them from having to file charges.
The police actually helped Brian get a hotel room. Gabby was left in the van.
However, although the police concluded that Gabby simply got worked up, the original call claimed that Brian was slapping Gabby.
People Are Wondering If Brian Was An Evil Manipulator
Based on his well-timed disappearance, people suspect that the 23-year-old was a terrific liar who could easily manipulate situations to suit him.
Weeks after, Gabby was reported missing by the FBI. An arrest warrant was issued for Brian Laundrie after fraudulently using a bank card.
The Authorities Issued A Statement About It
The statement was made by Michael Schneider, the Special Agent in Charge.
The agent also explained that although the warrant was concerning Brian's arrest, circumstances around Petito's disappearance and death were still being investigated by various law enforcement authorities throughout the country.
He also asked anyone with information about Mr. Laundrie to assist the authorities in bringing him into custody.
The Authorities Were Interested In One Particular Location
The area authorities brought to everyone's attention was Fort De Soto Park. According to reports, the Laundrie family went camping there after Gabby was reported missing.
Statements Were Collected From Members Of The Laundrie Family
Although the Laundrie family gave details about the case, some essential aspects of the story were adjusted later.
For instance, Cassie, Brian's sister, claimed to have seen her brother two times over a period of two weeks after he got back from Florida on his own. This suggested that she had lied about her contact with her brother earlier.
Steve Bertolino, a lawyer, defended her, saying that her words were "misinterpreted." The lawyer blamed the discrepancy in the statements she made on a misinterpretation of a question she was asked, or the inquirer framed the question poorly.
Many Prominent Figures Joined The Search For Laundrie
Dog, the Bounty Hunter, also joined the search for Brian Laundrie. He has spent weeks helping the FBI find the suspected killer.
Dog Is Very Devoted To Finding Brian
In fact, the bounty hunter has even risked his health to make sure Brian's whereabouts are finally revealed. For instance, he spent a lot of time wading through a swamp to find clues.
Dog Suffered An Injury While Looking For Brian And Took A Break
Dog apparently injured his ankle, and he is still recovering from the injury.
Brian's Father Is Also Looking For His Son
The police asked Brian's father to help them find his son. Later, the Laundrie family lawyer explained:
"Chris had not been able to look for Brian in the only place [his parents] believe he may be."
That is because the preserve is closed to the public.
A Month Was Gone Since Gabby Went Missing, Before More News Came Up
The coroner shared pretty disturbing news about her death.
The Teton County Coroner, Dr. Brent Blue, said investigations revealed that Petito was a homicide victim killed through strangulation.
Gabby Had Been Dead For Weeks Before She Was Found
The coroner also revealed that Gabby had been dead for about 3 to 4 weeks before being found. This conclusion was made based on how much her body had decomposed by the time it was discovered.
Something Bizarre Was Found Next To Her Remains
Although the police did not mention it at the time, a pair of hiking shoes were also found close to her body. According to the prosecutors, this was most likely a rushed cover-up job by the person who killed her.
Helicopters Circled The Place Where Gabby Was Found
The helicopters made out what turned out to be hiking shoes next to her body.
According To The Media, The Couple Had A History Of Fights And Attacks
Because Petito and Brian often fought, the crime scene would not have looked as it did. Morgan, a former Salt Lake prosecutor, who is an expert in these matters, explained:
"I don't see that here. All I see is one individual who suffered the damage and no evidence of injury created by her."
Gabby's Death Was "Quick"
According to Morgan, Gabby's death was quick.
Morgan Also Believes DNA Evidence Can Be Found On Her Body
DNA evidence discovered by Dr. Brent Blue, the coroner, can strengthen the case against Brian. Hopefully, the new evidence will help bring Gabby Petito's killer to justice.