Gabby Petito’s family said on Sunday that the FBI was aware of it A video that shows a white van at a campground August 27 in Grand Teton National Park.
The van appears to be a converted camper van that Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundry, were using to travel across the country and visit America’s West national parks in the weeks leading up to Pettito’s disappearance. Petito hasn’t been seen or heard from since late August. Her family officially reported her missing on September 11, days after Laundry returned to Florida. in the van without him.
The last known location Petito and Laundry were publicly known to leave Utah on August 24 and head to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, said she last saw her daughter on FaceTime that day.
The next day, August 25, Schmidt said he spoke to Petito on the phone. Petito said they had stayed at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park before the planned trip to Yellowstone.
“I don’t know if he left Grand Teton or not,” Schmito later told Granthshala News. “I received a message from him on the 27th and 30th, but I don’t know if it was technically his or not because it was just a text. I didn’t speak to him verbally.”
On September 18, the FBI field office in Denver said that agents were conducting ground surveys in Grand Teton National Park with the help of the National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies.
Investigators were looking specifically at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area, which was closed to the public until the FBI completed the survey.
Later that day, a video was posted on social media that shows Petito and laundry van at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area on August 27. A family searched through their recorded footage, which showed a white van.
“We were editing our Sunday video tonight and we were watching footage from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Spread Creek Dispersed Camping on August 27, 2021,” Caption reads on YouTube.
“We had passed a white van with the Florida Plates. We saw it because we’re originally from Florida and wanted to stop and say hello.
“When we passed the van, all the lights were off and it didn’t look like anyone was there. We ended up leaving because we couldn’t find a place,” the caption continued.
“Please please! If you were in the vicinity this time, check out all your footage! You might have some video of his van!!!!!!”
The FBI has issued a call to anyone living in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area between August 27-30 to speak with them if they believe they may have had contact with petito or laundry, or if they have Have you seen the van?
The 2012 Ford Transit had a variety of stickers on the back with the Florida plate QFTG03.
Find Gabby Facebook Page, which is run by Petito’s family, said early Sunday that they had seen the video and so did the FBI.
“We believe this is the van for several reasons,” her family wrote. “Please don’t close the tip line with a single video. It’s in the right people’s hands. Thank you so much, that’s why we’re asking people to review old photos and videos.”
Meanwhile, in Florida, a separate search is underway for Laundry, which itself hasn’t been seen since September 14. He has been designated as the person interested in the matter.
Officers went to the laundry home on the night of Friday, September 17 to speak with the family at their request but were still not speaking with Brian, whom officials described as uncooperative. Around 9 p.m. ET, the lawyer for Laundry’s family confirmed that his whereabouts are unknown. Laundry’s family told officials they had not seen him since Tuesday.
Florida officials and the FBI
Anyone with information about Laundry or Petito’s whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
The white van has been seized and processed by local investigators and the FBI.
This story was reported from Detroit.