Brian Laundrie manhunt: Woman in Wyoming says she picked him up hitchhiking

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Norma Jean Jalovec told Granthshala News on Friday that she also took a laundry ride on Aug. 29

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Unique: A second woman has come forward to say she gave a ride to a hitchhiker Brian Laundry in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park on August 29, two days after Gabby Pettito was last seen.

First lady Miranda Baker said in a video posted on TikTok on September 17 that she and her boyfriend, 23, picked up the laundry after seeing a roadside hitchhiker on August 29 at 5:30 p.m. MST. He said talked to the police About the encounter.

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Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal Wyoming resident from Florida, told Granthshala News Digital on Friday that after seeing Baker TIC Toc In the video, he realized he had also picked up the laundry on August 29 and dropped it at about 6:30 or 6:40 MST at the Spread Creek Scattered camping area, where Pettito’s remains were discovered weeks later.

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Jalovec said she decided to go to the Catholic church called Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Grand Teton National Park for a 5 p.m. MST service on Sunday. The church is about 1.2 miles from the Jackson Lake Dam, where Baker said he took off the laundry after “getting out” and asked to get out of the couple’s jeep.

Jalovec said he picked her up near the dam near Pacific Creek Landing at around 6:15 or 6:20. He was following behind and holding his thumb, like many people in that area of ​​the National Park do, he told Granthshala News.

“I picked him up…” said Jelovec. “…something just said, ‘Hey, ask him where he’s going.’”

Laundry, seated in the passenger seat of the Jalovec 4 Runner, asked if she was going to Jackson. When she didn’t tell him because she lived on the opposite side, he asked her if she would drop him off at the Spread Creek scattered camping area, to which she agreed, Jalovec said.

Spread Creek is about a 20-minute drive from the dam.

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“Everything is legit. Everything has been confirmed. I’ve already talked to the FBI,” Jalovec said, adding that he didn’t until he saw Baker’s TikTok video and on the important role social media played in helping Insisted, he didn’t realize he had taken a laundry ride until then. To resolve this matter.

Baker similarly explained in his video that after watching the video on Tikto he realized it was a 23-year-old in Petito’s missing person case.

Spread Creek in Bridger-Teton National Forest (Fox News, Audrey Conklin)

Jalovec described the same small thing with laundry that Baker reported on his TikTok. He told her that he spent time hiking near the Snake River and had a Fiance. He told her that he had seen elk and moose but no bison, and when she asked him if he needed the gas money, he said no.

On the ride to Spread Creek, Jalovec said he made a sharp right turn, causing a Bible on his dashboard to fall into the laundry lap. He picked up the book and put it back on the dashboard.

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The 23-year-old told Jalovec to drop her off at the gate of the remote campground, which has a single dirt road that stretches for miles to various camp sites in the area; At 6:30 a.m. MST in August, there would still have been some daylight to see in the camping area. Jalovec replied that she could take him in when he tried to “get out of the moving car,” she said.

Moran Vista Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest (Fox News, Audrey Conklin)

“I can’t explain why I was there,” Jalovec said of her decision to go to church in Grand Teton that day and pick up a hitchhiker. “It was something I don’t usually do. I don’t pick up hitchhikers in Florida. I’ve got a lot from family and friends to pick up a hitchhiker.”

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Jalovec said he joked with Laundry that he wanted to impress his fiancé by hiking the campground instead of interrupting a ride, but he only insisted that she be allowed out of the vehicle.

Spread Creek Scattered Campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest (Fox News, Audrey Conklin)

Deceased Petito and Laundry, 22, were traveling from New York to Oregon in a white 2012 Ford Transit van, which they turned into a camper. Teton County Coroner Brent Blue ruled his death a homicide Tuesday, according to the FBI.

Pettito’s family reported her missing on September 11, after she last sent her mother a text message on August 27, when blogger Jane Bethune and her husband spotted Pettito’s van in a scattered camping area. .

Laundry North Port, Fla. returned home in the U.S., where the couple lived with Laundry’s parents, 10 days earlier on 1 September with no sign of her fiancée. Authorities recovered the van on September 11 and began forensic examination of the vehicle on September 14.

NS FBI On Thursday, the US District Court said Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundry, a person interested in the disappearance and murder of deceased Gabby Petito.

The warrant alleges that Laundry committed debit card fraud between August 30, 2021 and September 1, 2021.

Granthshala News’ Stephanie Pagones and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.


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