Police found and ticketed a car left by Gabby Petito’s fiancé that went missing at the nature reserve about a week ago, his lawyer said Monday.
The latest changes come after the FBI said it had ‘spent all the way,’ but failed to say whether they believed Brian Laundrie was still alive.
The ticket is dated September 14, and is the latest clue in a puzzling mystery about the disappearance and alleged death of Petito, who was reported missing on September 11 after embarking on a US road trip to the West with Laundrie.
The body, believed to belong to the 22-year-old ‘van-life’ influencer, was found Sunday at the Spread Creek campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, federal agents said.
The case gripped the nation after Laundrie drove the van they shared back to Florida alone on September 1, and quickly hired an attorney to evade police questioning.
Ford Mustang Laundrie (pictured above) is ticketed at a nature reserve September 14
His parents in North Port reported him missing on Friday, three days after he left his family home
Laundrie, 23, is believed to be hiding at her parents’ Florida home until September 14.
His family said he last saw him that day wearing a hiking bag, but did not report his disappearance to authorities until three days later, on September 17.
Police have faced criticism for refusing to monitor the only ‘person of interest’ in the case even though he has not been named a suspect.
FBI agents stormed the family’s home and removed the parents from the home while declaring the area a crime scene moments after authorities called off a search at a nearby nature reserve, saying they had “spent all the way.”
The FBI tweeted Monday that they are ‘carrying out a search warrant today at the Laundrie residence in North Port, FL relevant to the investigation of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.’
“No further details can be provided as this is an active and ongoing investigation,” the FBI added.
The notice left on Laundrie’s silver Ford Mustang convertible was dated, though it was not immediately clear how long the car had been parked there before the ticket.
“It was a call,” Brian Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, told The Daily Mail. “It’s a general notice that your car is parked illegally: move it or tow it.”
The team spent Saturday and Sunday looking for Laundrie in the 24,565-acre Carlton Nature Reserve
Laundrie’s parents told police she was wearing a hiking backpack on her way to the nature reserve
A team of more than 50 people tracked Laundrie over the weekend in Venice, Carlton’s 24,565-acre nature reserve in Florida, where her parents claimed she was headed for the day she disappeared.
Her family said they took Laundrie’s car from reserve when she failed to return home on Friday, and called the police because they feared for her safety.
The couple began their journey on July 2, and were pulled over on August 12 by Utah police, who then shared body camera footage of their encounter near Moab.
The video shows a tearful Petito telling officers he was “trying to get him to stop telling me to calm down” and admitting the couple “had been fighting all morning.”
In the clip, Petito says he suffers from OCD and anxiety, with he and Laundrie saying he’s stressed out by the YouTube blog they’re working on to document the fateful cross-country journey.
He made the final call from his mother on August 25, saying he had arrived in Grand Teton National Park.
Petito was reported missing by his family on September 11 after they had not heard from him for 13 days. He has been traveling with Laundrie, 23, since July – and last spoke to relatives on August 25. Laundry returned alone on September 1st to their home in North Port, Florida
Laundrie was reported missing on Friday after her parents said she went on a hike on Tuesday and didn’t come home
An autopsy set for tomorrow is expected to confirm Petito’s identity and cause of death.
Laundrie’s lawyer declined to elaborate on Monday, saying his team was “arranging things at the moment.”
The chronology of the disappearance of the Gabby Petito case
- 1 July: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie leave Blue Point, New York for a hiking trip
- August 12: Police in Moab, Utah respond to a domestic incident involving the couple
- August 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who is in Salt Lake City, Utah
- August 24: Petito was last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundry
- August 25: Petito made a final call to his mother, Nicole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park
- August 25 or 26: The couple chatted with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes
- 27 August: Van Petito’s video was shot by blogger Jenn Bethune, from Red White & Bethune, at around 6:30 p.m. at Camp Spread Creek
- August 29: The day Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie in Grand Teton National Park and asked for a ride at 5:30 p.m.; Schmidt said he does not support this claim and believes it may be factual
- August 30: Schmidt receives final text from Petito: ‘No service on Yosemite’
- 1 September Laundrie returns to her parents’ home in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito
- September 11 Schmidt reported Petito missing to authorities in New York; Van Petito and Laundrie confiscated by police in Florida on the same day
- 12 September: Grand Teton National Park rangers looking for Petito
- 14 September: Laundrie issued a statement regarding Petito’s disappearance through his attorney; Also on this day, Laundrie allegedly left her parents’ house for a hike
- 15th of September: Laundry was officially appointed as the person of interest in the Petito case
- 17 September: Laundrie family lawyer confirms whereabouts unknown
- September 18: North Port Police and FBI begin searching for Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for missing Brian Laundrie
- September 19: Bethune realized she had the van Petito video at around 12 a.m. and turned the tape over to the FBI 10 minutes later; Officials announced a body found near Grand Teton National Park that matched Petito’s description in the afternoon
- September 20: FBI raids Laundrie family home, calling it a ‘crime scene’