WEB sleuths claim that Brian Laundrie “chased” his fiancée Gabby Petito before strangling her in the wilderness after an alleged row in a restaurant.
Gabby is believed to have been last seen alive with her fiancé at the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex café in Jackson, Wyoming on August 27.
Travel vloggers Jenn and Kyle Bethune spotted Gabby's van parked on a dirt track in Grand Teton National Park's Spread Creek dispersed camping area on the same day.
Gabby's body was found at a campsite on September 19 and coroners believe she was dead for three to four weeks before her remains were discovered.
The body was found around 1000 feet from where the van was parked, according to NewsNationNow journalist Brian Entin.
One Facebook sleuth posted: “How did Gabby’s remains end up where they did? I was wondering if he was chasing her to that spot after getting into a battle royale after Merry Piglets.
“Some people said they camped there. Why would they pick that as a camping spot?”
Laundrie was named a person of interest in Gabby’s murder. He was never named a suspect.
Some social media users were not convinced by the web sleuth's allegations that the 23-year-old “chased” his fiancée.
One commented: “We have no idea what happened for her body to end up in the place it did. We’ll have to wait till the details are released in the future.”
Another added: “I don’t think anyone knows that answer.”
Web detectives questioned reports that Gabby and Laundrie were involved in a “spat” at the Merry Piglets.
An unnamed manager of the café reportedly told Entin: “There were no loud voices, no one got angry, no one threw a fit here.”
But, she claimed that the young couple left the café without paying.
A server then followed Gabby and Laundrie outside and the pair paid the bill on the street.
Entin said the manager told him that Gabby and Laundrie re-entered the restaurant where the YouTuber tried to get her money back. The café refused to refund the vlogger.
In September, Nina Celie Angelo claimed she saw Laundrie involved in an “explosive argument” with a waitress at the restaurant.
During an interview with Fox News, she claimed she watched on in shock as she saw an “agitated” Laundrie.
While she said she couldn't hear what words were being exchanged between Laundrie and the woman, she believed the spat was either over the bill or about money.
Angelo described Laundrie's body language as "aggressive" and said that he left and returned to the restaurant around four times.
BRIAN WAS 'AGITATED'
She alleged that at one point Gabby came into the restaurant and apologized for Laundrie’s behavior.
Angelo told Fox: “It’s crazy because it wasn’t just like we passed them on the street – it was a full-blown incident.”
A manager at Merry Piglets previously told The Sun the eatery is incredibly busy during the summer months and that they couldn't specifically recall the alleged incident.
In a later statement to CNN, a manager said they did see "an incident" in the restaurant that day and later reported it to the FBI.
The manager declined to describe what happened when being quizzed.
Angelo's boyfriend, Matthew England, told Fox News he had no doubt it was Gabby and Laundrie that he saw.
He said the bodycam footage from the incident in Moab, Utah matched the mannerisms and body language that they apparently witnessed first-hand.
England said Laundrie was wearing clothes that he recognized from the clip, adding it "looked kind of like he had been living out in a van for a little while."
'I'M SURE IT'S HIM'
He said: "I would bet $10million, I'm 1,000 percent sure that was him and that was her."
Gabby and her fiancé were at the restaurant just weeks before her remains were found.
FBI detectives unearthed her body and a preliminary autopsy ruled that her manner of death was a homicide.
Weeks later, Wyoming coroners revealed that the vlogger died from strangulation. Gabby wasn’t pregnant at the time of her death.
Only the cause and manner of Gabby’s death were revealed due to state laws.
It’s not known who killed Gabby, but DNA found on her body could provide a “huge clue” to cops as they continue their investigation.
Paul Belli, an ex lieutenant of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN: “You would expect DNA on either one of them from the other. But I mean, if there’s DNA maybe where it shouldn’t be, that could be kind of a clue as to what may have occurred.
“So there are ways to absolutely, at least get you to a point where you’re like ‘Ok this definitely makes sense, this is the person who did this crime.”
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
- September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
- September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
- October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
- October 20: Laundrie's personal items were found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. A medical examiner was called to the scene.
- October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.
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