MIAMI – FBI special agents are investigating the death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito and searching for her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, whose parents in Florida’s city of North Port, reported him missing on Sept. 14.
The two had been traveling cross country in Petito’s white 2012 Ford Transit van since June.
“She maintained regular contact with her family members during her travels. However, that communication abruptly stopped around the end of August,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said.
FBI reports autopsy identified Petito’s remains. The coroner determines Petito’s manner of death is homicide. The cause of death is pending.
FBI agents search Laundrie’s home in North Port, Fla. He and Petito lived with his parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie.
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Laundrie’s parents report him missing.
Petito’s family makes a public plea for help. Officers executed a search warrant at Laundrie’s home.
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Officers search the 2012 Ford Transit van and Laundrie’s parents tell police their son left his home with a backpack.
Petito’s relatives reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department in New York. Laundrie and his parents refuse to answer questions from Petito’s family or North Port authorities.
A license plate reader detected the van about 10:26 a.m. on I-75 at the North Port exit.
Miranda Baker and her boyfriend believe they gave Laundrie a ride while he was hitchhiking in Colter Bay, Wyoming, and dropped him off near the Jackson Dam.
Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, received a suspicious text message from her phone. Schmidt said her daughter never referred to her grandfather as Stan, so she doesn’t believe she sent it.
The text message: “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voice mails and missed calls.”
Petito text messaged her mother and published her last photographs on Instagram.
During a conversation on FaceTime, Petito told her mother they were leaving Utah and going to Wyoming.
Petito shared photos on Instagram from Archer National Park.
A witness called 911 in Grand County to report Laundrie “was slapping” and “hit” Petito.
Officers later stopped Laundrie while he is driving erratically in Moab, Utah. Bodycam video shows Laundrie had scratches and Petito told officers she had hit him in the face with her phone because she suffers from OCD.
An officer decided to separate the couple for the night and took Laundrie to a hotel.
Petito shares photos on Instagram from Mesa Arch, Canyonlands.
Petito shares photos on Instagram from Mystic Hot Springs.
Petito shares photos on Instagram from Bryce Canyon National Park.
Petito shares photos on Instagram from Zion National Park.
Petito shares photos on Instagram from the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Petito shares photos on Instagram from Colorado Springs
Petito shares photos on Instagram from the Monument Rocks in Kansas. It was the first time she used the van life hashtag.
Petito shares photos on Instagram from the Appalachian Trail Georgia and wrote she went hiking for her 22nd birthday.
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