Journalist and broadcaster Mick Rooney presents a detailed timeline and analysis of the Gabby Petito case.
Gabby Petito was an American woman who was killed while traveling on a vanlife journey across the United States with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. The trip began on July 2nd, 2021, and was planned to last four months; however, Petito disappeared in late August. After Petito went missing, Laundrie raised suspicion when he drove Petito's van from Wyoming back to his parents' house in Florida and refused to talk about Petito's whereabouts. The case gained national and global attention due to their social media activity, police body camera video footage of a 9-1-1 emergency dispatch call recordings, and eyewitness accounts and traffic stop on August 12th, 2021.
Laundrie was later deemed a person of interest in the case and an arrest warrant was issued on charges of making withdrawals using Petito's debit card. He departed his home in North Port, Florida on September 13th and he was formally reported missing on September 17th.
On September 19th, 2021, Petito's remains were found at Bridger–Teton National Forest in Wyoming. According to the autopsy, she was killed by manual strangulation, deemed a homicide. After a month of speculation around Laundrie's whereabouts and an extended search of the Carlton Wildlife Park, his skeletal remains were discovered in the nearby Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20th.