Gabby Petito missing update – Instagram followers claim posts 'edited' and 'written by Brian Laundrie' as hunt continues

Gabby Petito's Instagram followers believe the missing backpacker's Instagram posts have been "edited" by somebody else.

Petito has been missing for two weeks after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

Her Instagram account appears to give a timeline to her location over the past few weeks.

Gabby and her boyfriend had planned a road trip through Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming that would finish in Yellowstone.

Some of the vlogger’s recent Instagram posts from July 22 say that they have been edited, fuelling allegations that they may have been tweaked or written by Laundrie.

The 22-year-old New Yorker was last seen on August 24 after leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie. Her family held a joint press conference with Florida police focusing on her disappearance on Thursday.

While Gabby never returned home, her fiancé did and has since made headlines after he reportedly hired an attorney and refused to work with the police.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    WHERE IS GABBY'S FIANCE BRIAN?

    Brian Laundrie returned to the couple's home in North Port, Florida, on September 1.

    He allegedly brought back the van they were traveling in, but Gabby did not return home with him.

    His parents also live in the North Port area, but it's unclear where Brian is currently staying.

    He and his family have directed all questions to their attorney.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    WHEN DID GABBY'S FAMILY LAST HEAR FROM HER?

    Gabby Petito's family have said they last heard from the 22-year-old during the last week of August.

    The YouTuber is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming before that last communication, according to police.

    The family's attorney Richard Stafford said the family received a message from Gabby on August 30, but they did not believe it was really from her

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    LAUNDRIE FAMILY STATEMENT

    While Gabby's fiance Brian has not spoken to police about her disappearance, his family released the following statement through their attorney:

    “This is understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. 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 reunited with her family. On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    WHO IS BRIAN LAUNDRIE?

    Gabby Petito's fiance is a YouTuber who documented his travels with the 22-year-old missing Long Island native.

    He returned home to Florida with the couple's traveling van, but without Gabby.

    Laundrie is now a person of interest in the disappearance, but has refused to speak with authorities so far.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    GABBY 'WOULDN'T GO OFF ON HER OWN'

    A friend of Gabby Petito says the 22-year-old would not have gone off on her own.

    "I wish that could be a possibility, I do, she's not a person that would just go off on her own like that," Steven Evans told Ashleigh Banfield.

    "She's an independent person, but not like that. She wouldn't just fall off the grid and not come in contact with family. She would call her parents every day, sometimes a couple of times a day, so this is just very, very out of the ordinary."

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    GABBY AND BRIAN WERE 'COUPLE GOALS'

    A friend of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie said they were "couple goals" and always seemed happy.

    Nicole Kalanich, who worked with the couple at a grocery store before they set out on their cross-country trip, described them as "happy and cheerful." 

    "They never complained," Kalanich told Insider. "They were couple goals for me."

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    BRIAN LAUNDRIE INVOKED HIS 5TH AMENDMENT RIGHT

    As long as the investigation into the whereabouts of Gabby Petito remains a missing person case, there is not much authorities can do to get her boyfriend Brian Laundrie to speak to them, as he is invoking the 5th amendment.

    Under this constitutional right, those who have not been charged with a crime are protected from having to be questioned by police.

    However, if the case becomes criminal, there are more possibilities that Laundrie could be questioned as a suspect.

     

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    GABBY'S FATHER BEGS FOR HELP

    Gabby Petito's father Joe Petito begged the public for help in finding his 22-year-old daughter during a press conference on Thursday.

    "What I need from everybody here is help," said the Florida resident.

    "I'm asking for help from everyone at home. I'm asking for help from the parents of Brian, and I'm asking for the help of the family members and friends of the Laundrie family."

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    DISAPPEARANCECOULD BE CONNECTED TO DOUBLE-MURDER

    Utah police say they are in contact with Florida authorities as they investigate any connection between Gabby Petito's missing case and a double-murder at a campground in Utah last month.

    Newlyweds Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were found shot deadfive days after they were last seen.

    Grand County Sheriff Steven White said police believe an "outside party" shot the couple before fleeing the scene, as reported by Fox News.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    POLICE SAY 'NO EVIDENCE' OF CRIMINALITY

    Florida authorities have said there have found no evidence of criminality in the case of Gabby Petito's disappearance.

    "Right now, we are investigating a missing person case,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison during a Thursday press conference.

    “At this time, it’s a missing person case,” he said when asked if there was any criminal conduct involved.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S SISTER SPEAKS

    The sister of Brian Laundrie has spoken out about Gabby Petito's disappearance.

    "Obviously me and my family want Gabby to be found safe," Cassie Laundrie told ABC.

    "She's like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding."

    Brian, on his part, has kept silence on the missing case.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S LAWYERS: POLICE 'HAS TO FOLLOW PROTOCOL'

    The lawyer of Gabby Petito's boyfriend Brian Laurie released a statement on Thursday night asking for police to follow all leads.

    "Law Enforcement has to follow protocol and all leads that they get," said attorney Steven Bertolino.

    "Whether or not these two cases deserve to be linked will be determined at some point in the future."

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S PARENTS' NEIGHBORS SPEAK OUT

    Neighbors of Gabby Petito's boyfriend's parents drove by their Florida home in a pink golf cart in a sign of support for the missing 22-year-old.

    They held signs that read: “North Port Loves Gabby,” “The truth will come out,” “speak out” and “Bring Gabby Home.”

    "As a mom, whether my children are right or wrong, I"m not going to baby them and hide in a house. Give a clue!," an unidentified woman told local journalist Brian Entin.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    COUPLE KEPT LIST OF CAMPSITES IN SEVERAL STATES, PART 2

    On July 22 the couple posted their first review on the Dyrt app, on a campground in Utah near the Dixie National Forest.

    Their last review was posted on July 29.

    The review of a campground near Arches National Park read: "Highly recommend taking a walk to watch the stars very late at night."

    "There is a spot past the tress if where the sky completely opens up, really nice spot in the shade to put tent! Got to watch a crazy thunderstorm in our newly converted van!"

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    COUPLE KEPT LIST OF CAMPSITES IN SEVERAL STATES, PART 1

    Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie used an app called Dyrt where they kept a list of campsites across several states, including Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah.

    Dyrt is used by campers to share campground reviews, photos and tips, as reported by Insider.

    The couple appears to have joined the app on July, when they started their road trip.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    GABBY'S FAMILY SAYS BOYFRIEND'S PARENTS KNOW WHERE SHE IS

    The family of Gabby Petito has said the family of her boyfriend Brian Laundrie know where the 22-year-old is, and accused them of withholding information.

    “They’re at the point that that desperation has turned to anger. They know that the Laundries know where their daughter is, and they will not tell them. That’s infuriating," said the Petito's lawyer Richard Stafford.

    “Every day that this goes on, they get more and more devastated.”

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    'WHERE IS SHE' SIGN POSTED NEAR BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S FAMILY HOME

    The words "where is she?" have been posted on a stop sign down the street from Brian Laundrie's parents house in North Port, Florida.

    This, as Gabby Petito's boyfriend remains a person of interest in her disappearance.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    POLICE LOOKING FOR CONNECTION WITH DOUBLE HOMICIDE

    Utah police are actively looking into any connection between the disappearance of Gabby Petito and a double homicide that occurred in the Grand County area where the 22-year-old went missing.

    SheriffSteven White said on Thursday they are “not ruling anything out at this time.”

     

  • Lauren Fruen

    GABBY ESCAPED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE

    Police in Utah discussed charging Gabby after she slapped her boyfriend Brian in an argument 13 days before she vanished.

    In the police report of the incident, Laundrie is listed as the victim and Petito as the suspect.

    Police said all parties agreed that Petito had slapped Laundrie and that he had not struck her, and that there were no serious injuries and no party wanted to press charges.

    The incident was categorized as a "mental/emotional health break" rather than a domestic assault.

  • Lauren Fruen

    BRIAN'S FAMILY STATEMENT IN FULL

    Laundrie's attorney, Steve Bertolino, issued this statement:

    "Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito's absence.

    "In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this, and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to with Ms. Petito's disappearance.

    "As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundie is not speaking on the matter. I have been informed that the North Port, Florida, police have named Brian Laundrie as a 'person of interest' in this matter.

    "This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement, and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel."

  • Lauren Fruen

    GABBY'S FAMILY BEG BRIAN'S PARENTS FOR HELP

    A letter read by the family lawyer on Thursday afternoon said: "We believe you know the location where Brian left Gabby.

    "We beg you to tell us.

    "As a parent how could you let us go through this pain and not help us."

  • Lauren Fruen

    GABBY 'MISSED MEET UP WITH PAL'

    Gabby appeared to blow off a meet-up with a close friend in Yellowstone National Park and never phoned on her birthday.

    Gabby's pal, who wishes to remain anonymous and is yet to speak with police, told The Sun exclusively: "[The] last time I talk [ed] to Gabby was the beginning of August when we were planning for me to meet her in Yellowstone after my birthday.

    "That was the next spot. At least when we planned it. I was the only one going to see them.

    "She wouldn’t wander off and not contact her family. I know that for a fact.

    "She wouldn't blow me off either. She's my person. And I can't stop thinking about how scared she must be."

    Gabby's friend told The Sun they were yet to pinpoint a date to meet at Yellowstone, but she was meant to call her on her birthday, August 29, to make concrete plans. She never heard from her again.

  • Lauren Fruen

    GABBY SEEN HYSTERICALLY CRYING

    Petito is visibly emotional in newly released police bodycam.

    "I have OCD and I was just cleaning and straightening…," she says, sobbing. "And I was apologizing to him and saying I'm sorry that I am so mean as sometimes I am so mean because I have OCD and get really frustrated.

    "Not like mean towards him I guess my vibe is like in a bad mood and I said I'm sorry I'm in a bad mood I am stressed I had so much work."

    She then tells the officer they have been traveling the country and blogging their journey.

    "We have been fighting all morning and he wouldn't let me in the car before," she says.  

  • Lauren Fruen

    GABBY'S FAMILY LETTER TO BRIAN'S PARENTS IN FULL

    Read the letter addressed to Brian's parents from Gabby's family in full:

    Credit: Richard B Stafford law office
  • Lauren Fruen

    BRIAN'S FAMILY 'ALREADY HAD AN ATTORNEY'

    A lawyer for Gabby’s family said Brian "already had an attorney" when police arrived at his home following her disappearance.

    Richard Stafford said: "The family is devastated.

    "They are getting more and more desperate and that desperation is turning to anger."

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