Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie’s Final Instagram Post Urges Followers ‘Learn How to Live with Less’

by Leanne Stahulak

Exactly one month before he disappeared, Brian Laundrie’s last Instagram post gives a haunting glimpse into some of his final thoughts about the world and the people populating it.

He posted a series of photos from Arches National Park near Moab, Utah on Aug. 13. Four weeks later, Laundrie left his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, and never returned. During this trip, he and his girlfriend Gabby Petito also got into a physical fight. It resulted in Moab Police separating the two for the night. The bodycam footage shows a distraught Petito and relatively calm Laundrie.

Brian Laundrie’s final post focuses on humans as a species and how much we require to live versus other natural beings.

“Humans are primates, great apes in fact. But I don’t know all how great we are as a species,” Laundrie begins his post. “Chimpanzees share 98.8% of there DNA with humans, our closest living relative. But as I see it every living creature is in some way our relative even trees.”

Laundrie then goes into the science of things a bit, and how we all required the same few things millions of years ago.

“Only 800 million years ago animal cells started appearing on earth,” Brian Laundrie continued. “Comprised of mainly the same parts and following the same functions as plant cells. Requiring oxygen, solar energy, minerals, nutrients, and water.”

The 23-year-old then references a specific tree located next to him in the posted picture.

“This tree (Juniperus osteosperma) was surviving in only inches of soil, in an area of extreme heat and drought. I think our culture, our society has put itself above all living creatures, creating needs purely to support destructive economic practices,” Laundrie explained.

Brian Laundrie’s Final Instagram Post Compares How Humans Live to How Trees Live

Brian Laundrie made no secret of the fact that he cared deeply about the environment. His bio lists him as a “nature enthusiast” and he encouraged people to “take a hike every day.” The 23-year-old also mentioned how “Bug bites are better than being brainwashed by the media.”

Laundrie didn’t seem to have a huge love for material things before he died. He concluded his final Instagram post by comparing our needs to the tree in the picture’s needs.

“This tree doesn’t require an Apple Watch, it doesn’t stream its favorite shows, or have a microwave oven, pay health insurance or drink grande iced caramel macchiatos,” Laundrie said. “It is just a tree but you rarely see geese riding jet skis or wearing designer clothing either. I think if we all want breathable air and drinkable water we all need to learn how to live with less.”

Brian Laundrie’s last words caution us against relying on our material things. In the end, police found Laundrie’s body with only a backpack, notebook, and drybag.