The mysterious disappearance of Gabby Petito took another bizarre turn last week when her boyfriend Brian Laundrie vanished after being named a person of interest in the case.

Police in Florida have been scrambling to locate Laundrie, who refused to speak to authorities, after his family revealed Friday they hadn’t seen him for three days after he set off on a hike.  

Laundrie and Petito set off from Long Island for a cross-country road trip back in July in a converted Ford Transit van.

She was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11 – ten days after Laundrie returned to Florida in their van without Petito. A body believed to be that of Petito was discovered in Wyoming on Sunday.

Here is a closer look at Laundrie’s timeline:

July 4-29

Laundrie documents the couple’s travels through Zion, Bryce Canyon and Canyonland national parks in Utah with a number of Instagram posts.

Aug. 12

Police in Moab respond to a 911 domestic call regarding the couple. Bodycam video shows Petito sobbing to an officer. Police report says Petito hit Laundrie, but no charges are filed.

Police in Moab respond to a 911 domestic call regarding Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.
Moab PD
Gabby Petito.
Gabby Petito reportedly hit Brian Laundrie, but no charges were filed.
Moab PD

Aug. 13

Laundrie posts his final two photos on Instagram of himself in Moab and Arches National Park.

Brian Laundrie.
Brian Laundrie posts photos of himself in Arches National Park.

Aug. 24

Laundrie and Petito check out of a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sept. 1

Laundrie returns home to North Port, Florida, with the van, which is registered in Petito’s name.

Brian Laundrie returns home to Florida with the van he and Gabby Petito had been traveling in.
North Port Police Department

Sept. 11

Petito’s family file a missing person’s report with Suffolk County, New York, authorities after not hearing from her since late August.

Missing flyer.
Gabby Petito’s family file a missing person’s report on Sept. 11.

Sept. 14

Laundrie issues a statement through a lawyer saying a search for Petito is underway in Wyoming. The statement says the Laundrie family is “remaining in the background” of the investigation.  

Petito’s family also issue a statement accusing Laundrie of refusing to tell them where he last saw his girlfriend.

The van is towed away from Laundrie’s home by police.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito’s family accuse Brian Laundrie of refusing to tell them where he last saw his girlfriend.

Sept. 15

Police in North Port, Florida, say Laundrie is refusing to cooperate and name him as a person of interest in her disappearance.

Sept. 16

North Port Police say they know where Laundrie is but are frustrated he isn’t speaking to authorities.

Sept. 17

Florida police reveal Laundrie’s parents say he has been missing since Tuesday, Sept. 14. Both Petito and Laundrie are now being sought by the FBI.

Police officers spend two and a half hours at Laundrie’s home having a “conversation” with his parents as dozens protested outside yell “Bring him out!”

Sept. 18

The search for Laundrie begins in the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida. His family say that’s where he set off with a backpack on Sept. 14.

Carlton Reserve.
Law enforcement sweep Carlton Reserve in Florida after Brian Laundrie reportedly set off on a hike there on Sept. 14.
Dennis A. Clark

Sept. 19

Authorities recover Petito’s apparent remains in Bridger-Teton National Park in Wyoming near where her van was spotted late last month.

Sept. 20

Authorities announce they are calling off search for Laundrie in Carlton Reserve.

FBI and police raid Laundrie’s parents’ home over an eight-hour period.

Laundrie home.
FBI and police raid Brian Laundrie’s parents’ home as the FBI takes over the criminal investigation.

Sept. 21

Police say the FBI is now taking over the criminal investigation and the search will resume for Laundrie in Carlton Reserve.

Authorities warn the search is in an “unforgiving location” where crews are “wading through gator and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking” trails.


By James Carter

A Senior writer & Editor, James is a postgraduate in biotechnology and has an immense interest in following news developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. He is responsible for handling the office staff writers and providing them with the latest updates happenings in the world. He writes for almost all sections of Editorials 24.