INTERNET sleuths believe Brian Laundrie may have “snapped” and killed his fiancee Gabby Petito in a fit of rage after spending all of his time with her on their months-long road trip.
Internet sleuths believe Brian Laundrie may have “snapped” and killed his fiancee Gabby Petito in a fit of rage after spending all of his time with her on their months-long road trip[/caption]
Gabby is seen holding her bruised neck and sobbing to police after she and Brian got in a physical fight on August 12 in Moab, Utah[/caption]
Among the latest theories presented online is that the 23-year-old killed Gabby in the heat of the moment when tensions between them boiled over.
One sleuth explained that theory – for which there is no credible supporting evidence – in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“This was two people literally together 24 hours a day. Let’s face it, that could challenge even the best relationships,” they wrote.
They went on to suggest that Gabby and Brian’s alleged argument outside a restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on August 27 continued until he “broke” and killed her.
“It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t for her money, it wasn’t because she broke up, it was simply anger and rage,” the sleuth posited.
Brian has been named a person of interest in Gabby’s homicide but is not officially considered a suspect.
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In the video, Gabby is seen holding her neck as she explains to a Moab police officer that Brian “scratched and grabbed her,” causing bruises on her throat.
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Brian and Gabby were around two months into their planned four-month cross-country road trip touring America’s national parks before Gabby vanished sometime around August 27[/caption]
Brian and Gabby were around two months into their planned four-month cross-country road trip touring America’s national parks before Gabby vanished sometime around August 27.
Brian quietly returned home to Florida alone on September 1, failing to alert police or Gabby’s family that she was missing.
He reportedly acted “without a care in the world” upon his return, neighbors said, mowing the front yard and enjoying idyllic bike rides with his mom.
Gabby was eventually reported missing by her mother Nichole Schmidt on September 11.
That came after 10 days of allegedly being stonewalled by Brian and his parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, about where her daughter was, Schmidt said.
Then, on September 14, Brian allegedly vanished after telling his parents he was going hiking at Carlton Reserve.
His parents didn’t report him missing until September 17, two days before Gabby’s body was discovered in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
A four-week search for Brian has so far yielded no leads beyond speculation and a handful of potential sightings.
While he is currently only considered a person of interest in Gabby’s murder, there is a warrant out for his arrest.
The warrant accuses Brian of bank fraud after he allegedly racked up $1,000 in charges on a debit card that’s believed to have belonged to Gabby.
One of Brian’s longtime friends shed light on his past in an exclusive interview with The Sun on Tuesday, revealing he was a “heavier set social outcast” at school.
The friend said Laundrie was a private person that was never into social media or photos until he started his van travels with Gabby.
“These last two years were the most public and open he has ever been. He’s a pretty disconnected off the grid type of guy, not the ‘selfie’ type.”
“He’s the type of person that would be able to drop everything to secure his means of not being captured and to evade arrest or evade prosecution from what seems to be a pending crime.”
The friend revealed Laundrie had “zero friends” in middle school and would sit at the lunch table with two other people.
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie's latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby’s family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby’s.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest claiming he “used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito’s death.”
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby’s family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie’s father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
- October 12: Gabby’s autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.