Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, of Blue Point, New York, United States was in Grand Teton National Park in Teton County, Wyoming, USA when she spoke to her mother Nichole Schmidt via FaceTime on August 25, 2021. That was Petito’s last known location.
An aspiring travel blogger, Petito started her cross-country camping trip on July 2, 2021 with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, of North Port, Florida, USA. They travelled across the U.S. in a white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate.
On September 1, 2021, Laundrie drove the van back to North Port without Petito. On September 10, 2021, the van was recovered at his family’s home.
On September 11, 2021, Schmidt reported Petito missing to the Suffolk County Police Department. On September 14, 2021, Laundrie was last seen by family members in Florida.
On September 15, 2021, the North Port Police Department named Laundrie a person of interest in the investigation. He was not cooperating with authorities, according to the department.
To search for Petito, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Denver and its Wyoming Resident Agencies coordinated with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department. They conducted ground surveys at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park.
On September 19, 2021, Petito was found deceased in the area. The cause of death has yet to be determined and the investigation is still ongoing.
“FBI Denver extends out gratitude to our partners at the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Search and Rescue and Jackson Police Department for their collaboration and diligence in this investigation,” FBI Denver said in a statement. “We also thank the community of Jackson and the surrounding areas of your hospitality and accommodation.”
Meanwhile, Laundrie is still missing. Since September 18, 2021, investigators have been searching for him for at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida.