Brian Laundrie, 23, of North Port, Florida, United States and Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, of Blue Point, New York, USA had their lunch at The Merry Piglets in Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, USA between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on August 27, 2021. Also dining in the Tex-Mex restaurant at that time were Nina Celie Angelo and her boyfriend Matthew England.
Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Angelo and England went to Jackson to attend a wedding. She is a photographer while he is a financial adviser.
According to Angelo, Laundrie was arguing with a waitress that day over the bill or about money although she was not able to overhear the conversation. He appeared to be aggressive and he left the restaurant but returned about four times, the photographer said.
“I have chills right now,” Angelo told Fox News. “It’s crazy because it wasn’t just like we passed them on the street. It was a full blown incident.”
England told the publication that Petito appeared visibly upset with Laundrie as her fiancé harassed staff at the Tex-Mex restaurant. At one point, she came inside and apologized for Laundrie’s behavior, according to Angelo.
Aside from the waitress, Laundrie also behaved aggressively with a hostess and the manager, who is female, England said. The financial adviser has reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
At around 6:30 p.m., travel-blogging couple Kyle Bethune and Jenn Bethune, who are from Florida, spotted Laundrie and Petito’s white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate. In a YouTube video, Jenn shared, “We came across a white van that had Florida plates, a small white van.”
“We were going to stop and say hi because we’re from Florida, too, but the van was completely dark,” Jenn continued. “There was nobody there so we decided to continue on our way.”
Also on August 27, 2021, a text message was sent from Petito’s cellphone to her mother Nichole Schmidt. It read, “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemeails and missed calls.”
Stan is Petito’s grandfather. She never called him Stan, according to her mother.
“No service in Yosemite,” read the a text message Schmidt received from Petito’s cellphone on August 30, 2021. It was the last text message the mother received from her daughter’s cellphone.
On September 1, 2021, Laundrie drove the 2012 Ford Transit van back to his North Port home without Petito. On September 11, 2021, Schmidt reported Petito missing and on September 17, 2021, Laundrie was reported missing by his parents.
On September 19, 2021, she was found deceased at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park in Teton County. Laundrie is still missing.