SEVERAL witnesses who encountered Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie before her death and his disappearance could now hold vital clues in helping police find him.
Laundrie, 23, was reported missing on September 17 by his parents after not hearing from him for three days. Since then, Laundrie’s whereabouts have led to rumors and speculation.
Supposed sightings of Laundrie have sprouted all over the country and even abroad in Canada and South America.
Internet sleuths have also theorized that Laundrie’s family may know where he is hiding and that he may be in a secret underground bunker in his parents’ backyard.
Multiple witnesses have come forward sharing their interactions with the elusive Laundrie, piecing together the events that took place before Gabby’s death and Laundrie’s mysterious disappearance.
Here The Sun examines seven witnesses who have helped piece together a timeline of events around Brian's disappearance and Gabby's death.
Mason, who works at Victor Emporium 30 miles from Grand Teton National Park near where Gabby’s remains were found, says the couple stopped by her store around August 25 or 26.
She said Laundrie had stood out due to his “strange” behavior where he felt the need to point out that he and Gabby were engaged.
"It felt like he felt slighted for her not talking about her engagement, or her not being excited [about it]." Mason said to a local news outlet, calling the interaction “odd.”
NINA CELIE ANGELO
While out for lunch with her boyfriend at Merry Piglets in Jackson, Wyoming on August 27, Nina Celie Angelo claims she spotted Laundrie arguing with a waitress.
Laundrie’s body language was “aggressive”, Angelo said adding that Petito had apologized for her fiancé’s behavior.
“It’s crazy because it wasn’t just like we passed them on the street — it was a full-blown incident,” she said.
Angelo said she felt “chills” as she recalled the interaction.
TikToker Miranda Baker believes she picked up Laundrie as a hitchhiker on August 29 around 5.30pm.
Laundrie allegedly told Baker he was camping alone and that Petito was working on their social media in the van the two used for their cross-country road trip.
After finding out the Baker was heading to Jackson Hole, she says he decided to get out of the car.
"He got out, and you know, he was thankful and he was kind of in a hurry. He said he was going to go across the street into the parking lot and find someone else to give him a ride, but, when we looked back 10 or 15 seconds after he got out of the vehicle he was just gone," she said.
NORMA JEAN JALOVEC
Another woman claims she also gave Laundrie a lift the same day as Baker. She thinks she picked him up around 6.30pm or 6.40pm.
Norma Jean Jalovec was near the Jackson Lake Dam attending church when she spotted Laundrie looking for a ride. He asked Jalovec to take him to the Spread Creek campgrounds where Gabby’s body was later found.
But as they approached the entrance, he reportedly freaked out and tried to "get out the moving car", according to Jalovec.
“I picked him up. Something just said, ‘Hey ask him where he’s going.” Jalovec told Fox News.
WILLIAM AND CHARLENE GUTHRIE
Laundrie would later return to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida with Gabby’s van. The neighbors across the street, William and Charlene Guthrie say they saw his family pack up a camper and leave a week later on September 1.
"We didn't know it was Gabby's, we just assumed it was [Brian's] van," Charlene told Fox News.
"We just thought they had come back from wherever. We didn’t know they were on a trip. We assumed they went back to their house or wherever they got a house … We didn’t know much about them at all," she added.
The couple said that living near the Laundries has become a “nightmare” since the search for Gabby began on September 11.
Another neighbor, known only a Jen, said she saw a man who looked like Laundrie running from his home on September 17, the day he was reported missing.
She believes he may have ran into the nearby woods and claimed that another neighbor recorded the alleged incident on CCTV.
When asked if she thought Laundrie was in the North Port area on the day that he was reported missing, Jen said: "Yes, definitely. He was here."
HOW DID GABBY PETITO DIE?
Gabby’s death was ruled as a homicide via strangulation according to an autopsy done on her remains.
Laundrie has yet to be named a suspect in her death but is wanted by authorities for questioning.
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