Brian Laundrie, 23, of North Port, Florida, United States and Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, of Blue Point, New York, USA were near Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, Utah, USA on August 12, 2021. On September 11, 2021, her mother Nichole Schmidt reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department while police found him at his North Port home.
On August 12, 2021, Petito took to Instagram to share photos taken at Arches National Park. Aside from the park, she and Laundrie visited other parts of Utah including Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands before travelling to Moab on August 13, 2021.
“Our officers did respond to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August 2021,” Moab Police Department chief Bret Edge told Fox News. “However, neither Brian or Gabrielle were the reporting party. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”
While Laundrie and Petito’s white 2012 Ford Transit van was parked near Moonflower Community Cooperative on August 12, 2021, a witness saw them arguing over a phone and called 911 over possible domestic violence. When Moab Police Department officers arrived, Laundrie told one of the officers that Petito tried to slap him because she thought he was going to leave her in Moab without a ride.
Coincidentally, also on August 13, 2021, Kylen Carrol Schulte, 24, and her wife Crystal Michelle Turner, 38, were at Woody’s Tavern in Moab. The couple went missing on August 14, 2021 and were found dead on August 18, 2021.
Schulte moved to Moab in 2016. She started working for the Moonflower Community Cooperative as a cashier in 2018.
In April 2021, Schulte and Turner got married. They turned their van into a camper and frequently camped out in the Utah mountains.
In July 2020, Laundrie and Petito got engaged. They went to Blue Point on June 17, 2021 and attended her brother’s high school graduation then left Blue Point on July 2, 2021 for their cross-country camping trip.
Laundrie and Petito travelled across the U.S. in their 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate. On August 24, 2021, they checked out of a hotel in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, the last place where she was seen.
On August 25, 2021, Petito called her mother via FaceTime and said she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA. On August 30, 2021, the mother received text messages sent from Petito’s phone but the mother was not sure whether or not it was her daughter who sent them.
“It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” Laundrie’s attorney Steven Bertolino told WFLA. “On behalf of the boyfriend’s family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family.”