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Gabby Petito biography: 13 things about Brian Laundrie’s girlfriend from Long Island, New York

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Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was originally from Blue Point, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, United States. Her parents Joseph “Joe” Petito and Nichole Durivou Schmidt are not married.

Joe is married to Tara Petito. Schmidt is married to James “Jim” Schmidt.

Gabby had several tattoos, including one on her forearm that reads, “Let it be.” Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was 5’5″ tall and weighed 110 lbs. (a)
  2. In July 2014, she visited Davis Park, Fire Island in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York. (b) 
  3. In December 2016, she visited Costa Rica. (b)
  4. In 2019, she started dating Brian Laundrie and moved with him in his family home in North Port, Florida, USA where they lived with his parents. They both graduated from Bayport-Blue Point High School in Bayport, Town of Islip, Suffolk County. Also in 2019, she worked as a staffer for NOLE Café juice bar in Patchogue, Suffolk County. Mackenzie Miller owned the eatery, which closed in 2020. (a)(c)(d)
  5. In June 2020, she visited the Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins in Georgia, USA. (b) 
  6. In July 2020, Laundrie proposed to her and she said yes. (b)
  7. In June 2021, her father moved from Selden, New York to Vero Beach, Florida in part to be closer to her. On June 17, 2021, she and Laundrie arrived in Blue Point and attended her brother’s high school graduation. (c)
  8. Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2021, she quit her job to pursue her dream to become a travel blogger. On July 2, 2021, she left with Laundrie from Blue Point for their cross-country camping trip. She planned to visit a family friend in Portland, Oregon, USA around Halloween. The couple travelled across the U.S. in a white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate. (a)(c)
  9. On August 12, 2021, a witness saw her and Laundrie arguing over a phone while their 2012 Ford Transit van was parked near Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, Utah. The responding Moab Police Department officers determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges. He told one of the officers that she tried to slap him because she thought he was going to leave her in Moab without a ride. That night, he stayed in a hotel while she stayed with their van. (c)(d)(e)
  10. On August 19, 2021, she uploaded a YouTube video featuring a glimpse into her van adventures with Laundrie. In the caption, she explained that after their first cross country trip in a Nissan Sentra, they both decided to downsize their lives and travel full-time so they handcrafted their 2012 Ford Transit van. In the video, he is briefly seen reading Jeff VanderMeer‘s novel “Annihilation.” While they were in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah on August 21, 2021, her father placed an Uber Eats order for her because she did not have WiFi due to power outage. (e)(f)(g)
  11. On August 24, 2021, she and Laundrie were at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. That day, they left Salt Lake City for Grand Teton National Park in Teton County, Wyoming, USA. On August 25, 2021, her mother spoke to her on a FaceTime call and she took to Instagram to share photos of herself with a caption, “Happy Halloween.” On August 27, 2021, her mother received a text message sent from her that read, “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemeails and missed calls.” Stan is reportedly her grandfather and she never called him Stan, according to her mother. The last text message her mother received from her cellphone was on August 30, 2021, which read, “No service in Yosemite.” (a)(b)(h)(i) 
  12. On September 11, 2021, her mother reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department. On September 15, 2021, Laundrie was named a person of interest in her disappearance. On September 17, 2021, his parents reported him missing. (a)(h)(i)
  13. 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. She died at the age of 22. On September 21, 2021, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue made an initial determination that she died by homicide. On October 12, 2021, Blue said she was strangled to death three to four weeks before her body was found. (i)(j)(k)(l)

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Anyone with information about Gabby Petito‘s death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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