Timeline of Gabby Petito’s Road Trip and Disappearance

  • Van-life blogger and Instagrammer Gabby Petito was reported lacking by her mom on Saturday.
  • The 22-year-old went on a highway journey along with her fiancé originally of July of their 2012 Ford van.
  • Petito final talked to her mother on August 24 and was leaving Utah for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old from New York, has sparked nationwide concern after she went lacking throughout a cross-country highway journey along with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

Petito, who’s from Blue Point in Suffolk County, was reported lacking final week by her mom after she final made contact along with her in late August. Prior to her disappearance, Petito had meticulously documented her and Laundrie’s van highway journey throughout the US on social media.

We’ve constructed a timeline of the place and when Petito was primarily based on her social media posts and feedback from her household.

Petito and Laundrie began courting in 2019 and lived collectively in Florida

Gabby Petito and fiance Brian Laundrie

Gabby Petito and fiance Brian Laundrie.

Courtesy of Schmidt and Petito household


Petito and Laundrie moved to North Point, Florida, two years in the past, in keeping with the Daily Mail.

They had been dating since March 2019 and bought engaged in July 2020, in keeping with posts on each Petito’s and Laundrie’s Instagram accounts.

She wrote: “Brian asked me to marry him and I said yes! @bizarre_design_ you make life feel unreal, and
everyday is such a dream with you 🤍.”

And he wrote: “My biggest fear is that one day I’ll wake up and it will have all been a dream, because that is what every second has felt like since the moment we found each other. Till death do us part or until I wake up, I’m so happy the answer was yes, Love you hunny.”

The couple launched into a cross-country highway journey of their 2012 Ford Transit van on July 2

The couple departed from Blue Point, New York, her mom Nichole Schmidt told local NBC affiliate KSL.

Petito and Laundrie had been in Blue Point, Petito’s hometown, for Petito’s brother’s commencement ceremony on June 17, in keeping with the Daily Mail.

“She wanted to cross the country in the camper van and live the van life and live free. This was her dream,” Schmidt advised the NBC affiliate station KSL.

The journey was anticipated to conclude in October in Oregon, Schmidt advised CBS New York.

Petito’s first Instagram photograph documenting the journey was posted from Kansas on July 4

The picture confirmed Petito posing between a rock formation at Monument Rocks Natural Landmark in Gove County, Kansas.

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

Laundrie additionally posted his first Instagram pictures from the journey that day, displaying their van.

A publish shared by Brian Laundrie (@bizarre_design_)

On July 8, 10, and 11, Petito posted pictures from Colorado

Petito next posted to Instagram on July 8 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Two days later, she up to date her followers, posting a photograph in southern Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

“After going on our first road trip across the country in my tiny car, we felt like there was just so much we missed,” Petito stated. “Turning this Ford transit essentially into a camper was such an adventure in itself, but I couldn’t love the way it turned out more! All the places it’s brought us so far have been amazing!”

Petito posted a number of pictures from Great Sand Dunes later that day and once more on July 11.

On July 16 and 18, Petito posted of her and Laundrie tenting at Zion National Park in Utah

She resurfaced on Instagram on July 16 from Zion National Park in Utah. In the publish, she stated she and Laundrie had spent the earlier two nights tenting within the park.

“We hiked up here in about 100° and it was so nice coming back to our campsite, watching the sky fill with dark clouds, and view the lightning storm in the nice cool air of the light rain,” she wrote.

On July 18, Petito posted pictures displaying their campsite in Zion.

The pictures confirmed the couple’s tent, which was decked out with throw pillows, a blanket, a small guitar, and art work of the nationwide park created within the type of Vincent van Gough’s “The Starry Night.”

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

Also on July 18, Petito posted pictures of her and Laundrie from The Narrows at Zion, together with one of them embracing

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

On July 21, Petito posted from Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

Bryce Canyon is about 72 miles northeast from Zion — a few 1 hour and 20-minute drive, in keeping with Google Maps.

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

In a July 22 post from Bryce Canyon, Petito stated it had rained each evening she and Laundrie had camped in nationwide parks.

“Rain sounds like a negative thing when camping, but after coming back from a strenuous long hike in the sun with no shade for miles, it’s nice to lay listening to the cold rain hit your tent and fight (Laundrie) for the blanket,” she wrote.

On July 26, Petito posted a sequence of pictures from Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah

In one of the pictures, Petito confirmed her and Laundrie kissing within the sizzling spring.

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

Another 4 days handed earlier than Petito up to date her Instagram followers. This time, Petito posted from Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah. In the post, Petito stated that Laundrie hiked barefoot whereas on the journey.

“If it were up to him, he wouldn’t own any shoes! But I just find it funny how many people comment on the fact that he is barefoot,” she wrote.

“(Laundrie) inspires me everyday on living a more natural lifestyle! Building my feet up so I don’t have to bring my shoes ‘in case,'” she added.

She posted one other photograph from Canyonlands on July 31 earlier than a 12-day absence from Instagram

She posted a photograph on August 12 at Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah.

“On a calm Monday morning, (Laundrie) and I decided to take the highly trafficked hike to the Delicate Arch,” Petito wrote. “Not sure if it’s because it was 7 a.m. on a Monday, but there actually were not as many people on the trail as I expected.”

Petito and Laundrie could be seen seated on the backside of the Arch, kissing, in a single of the pictures.

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

The identical day, she posted one other sequence of pictures from the identical location. Petito posted once more on August 19, displaying pictures of the inside and exterior of the couple’s Ford van. In the publish, Petito stated she noticed a person go away behind plastic trash on a picnic desk. Unlike her earlier posts, there was no location connected to the photograph.

Laundrie, who had additionally been posting pictures of the highway journey on Instagram, ceased posting to Instagram one day later, on August 13.

The couple launched a YouTube channel referred to as ‘Nomadic Static’ on August 19

The channel was created in November 2013 but contains just one video, uploaded on August 19. It is registered with an e mail deal with belonging to Petito.

The eight-minute video is about to music and contains a montage of their journey throughout the US.

The video additionally exhibits a number of clips of Petito speaking to the digicam concerning the journey, together with one clip the place she talks about heavy rain she skilled. In one other clip, Peito places collectively a container of yogurt, granola, chocolate, and blueberries with Laundrie within the background.

In that clip, Petito is carrying the identical blue tank high and black shorts as she is in her July 30 and 31 pictures from Canyonlands.

The video additionally contains a clip of the couple showing on display along with Laundrie speaking about organising his hammock on timber within the park.

Petito’s father stated he positioned an Uber Eats order for the couple on August 21 after they have been staying in Salt Lake City

“There was a power outage. She said she didn’t have WiFi, so I ordered her some food,” Joseph Petito advised KSL. “I know it was in Salt Lake City. It was the last time I spoke to her.”

Petito’s dad and mom stated the couple left Salt Lake City on August 24

Both of Petito’s dad and mom stated the couple departed Salt Lake City for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming three days later, on August 24, the place they consider they spent about two days, they advised KSL.

Schmidt stated she final spoke to Petito when she obtained a FaceTime name from her on August 24 as she and Laundrie departed Salt Lake City.

Prior to her disappearance, Petito would FaceTime along with her mom about thrice per week whereas on the journey, Schmidt advised CBS New York.

Petito posted to Instagram for the ultimate time on August 25

A publish shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)

The photograph confirmed her smiling and holding a small crocheted pumpkin with the caption “Happy Halloween.”

Like her second-to-last publish, the August 25 Instagram publish did not embrace any location data.

The pictures, nonetheless, appeared to be captured in front of a mural featuring monarch butterflies titled “Monarch in Moda” that artist Jane Kim painted at The Monarch, an “artistic hub” in Ogden, Utah, which is a few 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City.

Her household obtained texts from Petito’s cellphone till August 30

Schmidt advised KSL the household obtained textual content messages from Petito’s cellphone till August 30 however could not be sure that the messages have been coming from Petito. Petito stated she was heading towards Yellowstone National Park, Schmidt added.

“She seemed OK to me at the time, other than I don’t know where the relationship was going with the boyfriend,” Schmidt advised KSL.

Laundrie returned to Florida at an unknown date. He has since retained a lawyer, the Daily Mail first reported.

Her mom reported Petito lacking on September 11 and police opened an investigation

Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito in an undated photograph.

Courtesy of Schmidt and Petito household


The Suffolk County Police Department stated in an announcement Monday they have been investigating Petito’s disappearance after Schmidt reported her lacking at 6:55 p.m. on September 11.

Police stated the van the couple was touring in — the 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida license plates – had been recovered.

Laundrie has not but spoken with authorities and has declined to talk with the media straight, providing remark as a substitute via a lawyer.

“We showed up. We see the vehicle. We take the vehicle,” North Point, Florida, police spokesperson Josh Taylor advised Insider on Tuesday. “We make an attempt to talk with Brian, and his family declined to make him available, and they gave us the information for his attorney.”

In an announcement Monday, the North Point Police Department called Petito’s disappearance “odd” but said it had no evidence that a crime had been committed in North Point.

Laundrie issued an announcement via his attorneys on September 14

“This is understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family,” Steven Bertolino, the lawyer representing the Laundrie household, stated in an announcement to Insider on Tuesday. “It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.”

“On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family,” the assertion continued. “On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

Petito’s household additionally launched an announcement on Tuesday imploring Laundrie to assist with the investigation

“Brian is refusing to tell Gabby’s family where he last saw her. Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida,” Petito’s household stated in an announcement to Insider via their lawyer Richard Stafford.

“These are critical questions that require immediate answers,” the household stated.

A GoFundMe fundraiser created by a family friend to assist the seek for Petito has raised greater than $27,000 as of Tuesday night.

Did we miss any areas or key items of data? Contact reporter Connor Perrett with any ideas at [email protected].

Natalie Musumeci contributed reporting.