The Disappearance of Gabby Petito


Gabrielle Venora Petito, age 22, from New York was reported missing on September 11th, 2021. The young woman that goes by “Gabby” was reported missing after family members had not heard from her since late August. Gabby was traveling in a van, with her fiance Brian Laundrie, age 23. They had plans to visit several national parks in the western United States. The two social media influencers were documenting their travels on YouTube and Instagram. The last known whereabouts of Gabby is near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Gabby was in constant contact with her family until August 25th, when communication completely stopped. On August 12th, Moab police in southern Utah were called to investigate a possible domestic abuse report between Gabby and Brian. The caller had reported a man hitting and arguing with a woman on a sidewalk in Moab, they then entered their van and drove off. A police officer was able to find the couple and talk to them separately about what had allegedly occurred. The report said Gabby had hit Brian and they were arguing but were otherwise safe. The officer decided to separate the couple for the night. He drove Brian to a hotel, while Gabby stayed in the van. The officer stated in his report, “Insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”  

On August 27th, Gabby’s mother (Nicole Schmidt) received a text claiming to be from Gabby. Her mother questioned the text because it seemed out of character for Gabby. After the 27th, Brian drove the van back to Florida alone where they lived. The family of Gabby grew concerned after not hearing from her since August. Her family decided to report her as missing after Brian and his family refused to give answers to Gabby’s whereabouts after 10 days. On September 17th Brian is also reported missing by his parents after 3 days of being a person of interest in the case. On September 18th officers searched for the two in Teton National Park and collected evidence. Sunday afternoon a body was found in Teton. Tuesday, September 21st the body was confirmed to be Gabby’s. Autopsy reports have still not been released or confirmed what happened to her but have ruled it as a homicide. The search for Brian continues.