Gabby Petito documentary news – The newly released Peacock doc sheds light on Gabby’s murder and Brian Laundrie

A NEW documentary covering the disappearance and murder of Gabby Petito is now available to stream.

The documentary, The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media, can be streamed on NBC's streaming service, Peacock.

Petito, 22, went on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, and never returned.

The 22-year-old was reported missing on September 11, just days after Laundrie returned home without her, and her remains were later discovered on September 19.

Autopsy results revealed she was strangled to death and Laundrie was named a person of interest but disappeared himself and was found dead of an apparent suicide on October 22.

The new documentary reportedly “sheds new light on the tragic story, the unanswered questions and the shocking conclusion,” with exclusive interviews from her family.

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

  • H. J. Hayes

    Brian's notebook is 'key evidence'

    Brian Laundrie’s notebook, which was found next to his remains at a Florida nature reserve, may reveal the truth about what happened between him and his late fiancée, Gabby Petito, an ex-prosecutor says.

    The notebook and remains were found by police next to a backpack belonging to Laundrie at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, near the Carlton Reserve.

    Neama Rahmani, a former assistant US Attorney and the current president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told The Sun the notebook and bag will be “crucial evidence” in helping to solve Gabby’s murder.

    “Law enforcement found a backpack and notebook, that’s key evidence,” Rahmani said.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Moab police refund licensing fees

    Officers in the Utah city where Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie had an explosive domestic dispute have been accused of illegally collecting nearly $3,000 in fees for the distressing police bodycam footage of the incident.

    The Moab Police Department are planning to return the fees collected from multiple media organizations featuring footage of the officers pulling over Gabby and her ex-fiancé Brian outside of Arches National Park.

    The thousands of dollars in fees charged by Moab police the dissemination of the footage – which grabbed national spotlight – cost three times more than what the department had expected to take in for the entire fiscal year of fee revenues, the Salt Lake Tribune reported citing a city budget document.

    Moab Police Department charged 30 entities – mostly news organizations – $98 to provide the footage totaling $2,940,  according to a document The Tribune obtained through an open records request. 

    The law enforcement agency has since agreed to refund the fees which may have violated Utah law. 

  • H. J. Hayes

    Why Gabby visited Grand Teton

    Petito had quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure with Brian Laundrie, starting in July, documenting their journey in a stream of social media posts.

    In images shared by the couple online they are all smiles — barefoot in a canyon or surveying the ochre rocks of state and national parks.

    In one YouTube video published during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together and strolling on a beach.

    But the young woman’s family filed a missing person report on September 11 after the 22-year-old mysteriously vanished, and Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Accessing domestic violence help resources

    If you are being abused in a relationship, anonymous and confidential help is available.

    For help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

    However, if you are actively in danger, call 911.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Gabby's last interactions with mom

    Gabby Petito’s remains were found less than 1,000 feet (300m) from where, on the evening of August 27, another pair of travel bloggers caught video images of the couple’s 2012 white Ford Transit van parked along a dirt road.

    Petito, who was documenting the couple’s “van life” road trip on social media, posted her final photo to Instagram on August 25, the same day that she last spoke to her mother by phone.

    The family believes the couple was headed to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming at the time.

    Schmidt received text messages from Petito’s phone on August 27 and August 30, but suspects that someone other than her daughter sent them, according to investigators.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Gabby's mom issued tragic warning

    Gabby’s mom Nichole Schmidt revealed that she was “worried” when 22-year-old Gabby launched her planned four-month cross-country road trip touring America’s national parks with Laundrie, 23, in July.

    “I told her to be careful, be safe,” she told 60 Minutes Australia. “To be aware of your surroundings. Don’t trust anybody.” 

  • H. J. Hayes

    When was Gabby last seen?

    On August 24, Petito was last seen as she checked out of a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie.

    The next day was her final post on Instagram from Ogden, Utah.

    It was simply captioned “Happy Halloween” with a number of pictures of her beside a famous mural in the city.

    That same day is when Petito’s mom claims she received her final call from her daughter saying that she was in Grand Teton National Park.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Family friend on Gabby's legacy

    Petito family friend Steve Campo told the Sun that Gabby’s “going to be looking over her family now and taking care of her brother and two sisters and looking over them.”

    He added that Gabby’s case has resonated with women everywhere.

    “Just speaking to other women and stuff when they saw the video of her, they knew that she was in trouble. I wouldn’t.”

    “I don’t know but they were in relationships that that happened and they saw that you never want to see that again.”

    “Again it’s somebody’s sister, somebody’s daughter, wife, you know, no one should ever feel that way again, that they can’t escape.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    Gabby's death related to 'domestic violence'

    Dr. Brent Blue from the Teton County coroner’s office appeared frustrated when he was asked about the challenges of doing his job in the glare of the media spotlight.

    “Well, it was quite the media circus and continues to be,” Blue said.

    “Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence.

    “And it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    The 'GABZ' license plate

    Gabby’s mother Nicole Schmidt said a third sign came when she was driving.

    She said she looked up and noticed the car in front of her had a Wyoming sticker and the letters GBZ on the license plate – which she interpreted as “gabz.”

    “It’s hard to put into words, but it means a lot to me that she’s touched so many lives already and it’s only weeks into it and I’m so proud of her,” Nicole said.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Gabby's family believes in signs

    Gabby's family believes she is sending them signs through chipmunks appearing to watch them.

    “A chipmunk was following me along the path where I went out to where the body was found,” stepfather Jim Schmidt said.

    “And when I was placing the rocks to make the cross a chipmunk came out from a hole and sat there and watched me.

    “I thought maybe that was Gabby watching me.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    Gabby's stepdad describes rainbow 'sign'

    Stepdad Jim Schmidt said a rainbow helped lead authorities to Gabby’s body.

    “It’s wild stuff,” Jim told Dr Phil. ”When they started with the grid search in the area where she was found, it had to be called off at the end of the day because of the weather.

    “But as the weather started to break, a rainbow was over the area and stopped over the area where she was found the next day."

  • H. J. Hayes

    Was Gabby Petito pregnant?

    Gabby’s autopsy confirmed that she was not pregnant at the time of her death.

    Online sleuths had speculated that Gabby may be pregnant after discovering a Pinterest board titled: “Oh Baby”.

    The board was also shared by Brian Laundrie’s mom, the International Business Times reports.

    The page contains several links to items of clothing that were previously for sale including onesies and crocheted bibs.  

    There are several snaps of toddlers playing on the beach and cute family photos.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Mysteries surrounding the case, continued

    Six days later, on Sept. 19, Gabby’s remains were found at a campsite near Grand Teton National Park.

    A five-week nationwide search for Laundrie then ensued. While he wasn’t named as a suspect in her death a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of bank fraud.

    That search came to an end on October 20 after skeletal remains were found in Myakkahatchee Creek Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve, in Sarasota County, Florida.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Mysteries surrounding the case

    Brian quietly returned home to Florida alone on September 1, failing to alert police or Gabby’s family that she was missing.

    Gabby was eventually reported missing by her mother in New York on September 11. That came after 10 days of allegedly being stonewalled by Brian and his parents about where her daughter was.

    Brian then vanished himself on September 13, telling his parents he was going hiking in the Carlton Reserve. They described him as being “upset” and “out of sorts” when he left their home for the last time.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Butterfly theories

    Internet sleuths alleged that Petito’s interest in butterflies could offer clues to her disappearance.

    A TikTok video published to the site highlighted how 22-year-old Petito used butterflies across her social media, before showing a clip of Laundrie discussing flies to the cops.

    Laundrie – who was found dead last month after being named a “person of interest” in the investigation into Gabby’s death – says to police in the video, “and the flies here are pretty intense, so the flies have definitely been getting to her”.

    One person commented on the video, claiming: “I think sometimes butterflies can be used as a signal that someone is experiencing or survived domestic abuse.”

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    When does the Gabby Petito documentary air?

    The documentary, The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media, is scheduled to be released on Friday.

    It will be released on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, so it doesn’t have an “air time” the way that a show on cable would.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Did Brian Laundrie have a funeral?

    Through their attorney, the Laundrie family revealed that they would be cremating their son’s ashes and forgoing a funeral.

    His family left their homes in North Port on October 24 to grieve together in an undisclosed location in Florida.

    Chris and Roberta Laundrie returned to their home on October 26.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    What happened to Gabby Petito?

    Gabby Petito, 22, went on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, and never returned.

    The 22-year-old was reported missing on September 11, just days after Laundrie returned home without her, and her remains were later discovered on September 19.

    Autopsy results revealed she was strangled to death and Laundrie was named a person of interest.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    When was Brian Laundrie last seen?

    Brian’s parents initially claimed to have last seen him on September 14 but later revised that date in a statement issued through their attorney.

    After finally reporting him missing on September 17, they told police they had driven to the reserve in search of him.

    While they say they didn’t find Brian, they did find his silver Ford Mustang and drove it back to their home before contacting the cops the next day.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    'Tragic for two families'

    Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino spoke of the loss suffered by both the Petito and Laundrie families.

    “There are two young people that have now lost their lives,” Bertolino said. “These are parents that are suffering.

    “Now, I understand that whatever happened or whatever didn’t happen,” he added. “This is tragic for two families.”

    “And anybody with a child, and anybody with a sense of humanity can understand the frustration that both families feel on that point.”

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Timeline

    Gabby Petito timeline

    Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

    • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
    • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
    • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
    • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
    • August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
    • August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
    • August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    • August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
    • August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
    • August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
    • August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
    • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
    • September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
    • September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
    • September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
    • September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
    • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
    • September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
    • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
    • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
    • September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
    • September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
    • September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
    • September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
    • September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
    • September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
    • September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
    • October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
    • October 20: Laundrie's personal items were found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. A medical examiner was called to the scene.
    • October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.
    • November 23: Laundrie's autopsy reveals he died from a gunshot wound to the head

     

    Was Brian Laundrie ever charged?

    Although Brian was not charged with any crime in relation to Gabby's murder, the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest for the unauthorized use of Gabby’s debit card.

    Bank records show that from August 31 to September 1, four days after the couple was spotted at the Merry Piglets restaurant, Brian swiped Gabby’s Capital One card, running up a balance of $1,000.

    Gabby and Brian's bodies identified exactly one month apart

    Brian Laundrie’s  remains were identified to be his on October 21, 2021.

    The fugitive’s remains were found after an extensive search at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

    On September 21, 2021, the Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that the body foun in Wyoming was that of Gabby Petito.

    Petito died as a result of a homicide.

    Wedding had been postponed

    Gabby’s stepfather Jim Schmidt previously revealed that Gabby and Brian Laundrie had planned a small beach ceremony to tie the knot, however, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic thwarted their plans.

    “Covid happened so they put [the wedding] on hold,” Jim told Fox News last month. “They said they were going to live life.”

    Ultimately, the couple decided to put their plans for marriage on the back burner and instead began planning what would later prove to be an ill-fated trip across the US, touring the country’s national parks.

    According to Gabby’s mom, Nichole Schmidt, the pair also decided they were too young for marriage and opted to call off their engagement and went back to dating while plotting out their trip.

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