Who is Gabby Petito?

Gabrielle Petito had worked as a pharmacy technician to save money for a crosscountry trip with her boyfriend.


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Who is Gabrielle Petito?

Gabrielle Petito, 22, was on a cross-country trip in a converted camper van with her fiance when she disappeared.Credit…Petito Family

By Ethan Hauser, Maria Cramer and Michael Levenson

Sept. 19, 2021, 8:52 p.m. ET

On Sept. 11, the family of Gabrielle Petito reported her missing to the North Port, Fla., police department. She seemed to have disappeared in the western United States during a cross-country trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, who returned to his home in North Port without Ms. Petito, 22, on Sept. 1.

On Sunday human remains “consistent” with Ms. Petito’s body were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, F.B.I. officials said at a news conference.

Ms. Petito had been working as a pharmacy technician to save money for the trip. She met Mr. Laundrie, 23, at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Long Island, according to her stepfather, Jim Schmidt. She is the eldest of six siblings.

The couple left New York on July 2 for what was supposed to be a four-month-long trip in a converted camper van and documented much of the trip with bright, carefree posts on social media. Near the top of Ms. Petito’s Instagram feed are the words: “traveling the world in our tiny van” and “art, yoga, & veggies.”

In an Instagram post accompanying a photo taken in Arches National Park in Utah, Ms. Petito wrote of her afternoon at one of the park’s notable rock formations. She and Mr. Laundrie, the post said, had sat “drawing and enjoying the nature without seeing anybody who was on line or taking photos! It felt like we had the entire delicate arch to ourselves!”

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