Missing Grand Teton National Park Hiker Gabby Petito: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

by Madison Miller

Gabby Petito has been on a long road trip with her boyfriend and then suddenly went missing on September 11. Now, the search for the 22-year-old is ongoing as more information regarding the case comes in.

Gabby Petito Reported Missing

Petito was reported missing by her mother Nichole Schmidt. She believes that her last known location was Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. She and her mom had consistent calls and texting, which is how Nichole eventually knew something was wrong.

The last text message Nicole received read, “No service in Yosemite” on August 30. Her mother believes that her daughter did not send that text message.

Gabby also consistently posted updates from her trip, which started on July 2, on both Instagram and YouTube. She had been sharing the ins and outs of living out of a van and traveling the country on social media. Her very last post was on August 25.

Petito was traveling alongside her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

Boyfriend Brian Laundrie Person of Interest

As far as investigators know right now, the two had at least one altercation. According to Insider, the Moab City Police Department in Utah said there was an altercation they addressed involving a couple on August 12. Neither Petito nor Laundrie was the one to report the incident.

Someone else saw Laundrie allegedly hit Petito outside of a grocery store. The two were then pulled over going 45 mph in a 15 mph area.

During the reported possible domestic abuse incident, Gabby told police that the two had been arguing and she was struggling with her mental health. The bodycam footage from this altercation could potentially go public today.

As the search for Gabby Petito meticulously carries on, Laundrie is not at all being cooperative. Laundrie is now the person of interest in the case, as of Wednesday. He is not responding to requests for interviews coming from investigators. He returned to his family home in Florida on September 1, which is ten days before Gabby was officially missing. The boyfriend also returned with the van. Investigators took it to search for evidence.

A lawyer gave a heated response regarding the boyfriend’s lack of help or empathy. “Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabby in the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Brian left Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home,” the lawyer said.

He is remaining silent due to the advice from his lawyers.

As of now, there is a GoFundMe called “Help us find Gabby” that is being shared by her family and is close to hitting the $50,000 goal. The funds are for traveling and paying for expenses in connection to the investigation. James Schmit, Gabby Petito’s stepfather, flew to Wyoming to help look for her. There will potentially be a press conference soon as well related to the ongoing investigation.

The National Park Service and the FBI are asking for any knowledge relating to Petito’s whereabouts.