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Gabby Petito disappearance: A timeline of her road trip with Brian Laundrie

Police are scrambling to piece together the circumstances that led to Gabby Petito’s mysterious disappearance while on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

The young couple set off from Long Island in July in their converted Ford Transit van — documenting their travels on Instagram and reaching as far as Moab, Utah.

Here’s a closer look at the couple’s movements before Petito, 22, was reported missing on Saturday:

July 2

The couple start their road trip from Petito’s hometown of Blue Point, New York, in their white 2012 Ford Transit van.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie used Petito’s van as their means of traveling the country. Laundrie arrived back in Florida in possession of the van.
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Gabby Petito at Monument Rocks Natural Landmark in Kansas on July 5, 2021.
Gabby Petito at Monument Rocks Natural Landmark in Kansas on July 5, 2021.
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July 5

Petito posts her first Instagram photo of the road trip at Monument Rocks Natural Landmark in Kansas.

July 8-11

Petito arrives in Colorado and posts a photo in Colorado Springs on July 8. Over the next few days, she poses for photos at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

July 16-22

The couple hike and camp in Utah’s Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.

Petito in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Petito in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
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July 26

Petito shares a photo of her kissing Laundrie, 23, at the Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah.

July 30

The couple arrive in Canyonland National Park.

Aug. 12

After a 12-day hiatus, Petito shares photos of the couple in Arches National Park. Police in Moab, just outside the park, 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.

Gabby Petito sits inside a Utah police officer's car after cops responded to a 911 call regarding the couple.
Gabby Petito sits inside a Utah police officer’s car after cops responded to a 911 call regarding the couple.
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Petito allegedly hit Laundrie with her phone and then locked her out of the van until she calmed down.
Petito allegedly hit Laundrie with her phone and he then locked her out of the van until she calmed down.
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Aug. 13

Laundrie posts his last Instagram photo at Arches National Park in Utah, with a bizarre caption stating that “humans are primates, great apes in fact.”

Aug. 24

The couple check out of a hotel in Salt Lake City. Petito’s mother says she spoke to her daughter on FaceTime as they were leaving the hotel.   

Aug. 25

Petito calls her family to tell them she’s in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Petito posts her final Instagram photo in front of the Monarch Mural in Ogden, Utah.

Laundrie (left) and Petito kissing on July 26, 2021 at Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah.
Laundrie (left) and Petito kissing on July 26, 2021, at Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah.
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Aug. 30

Petito’s family say they were still receiving texts from her phone until this date. The last text she sent her mother said she didn’t have service in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Sept. 1

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

Sept. 11

Petito’s family file a missing person’s report with Suffolk County, New York, authorities.

Sept. 14

Laundrie issues a statement through a lawyer saying a search for Petito is underway in Wyoming. The statement says the Laundrie family are “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.

Gabby Petito's family pleads with Brian Laundrie to cooperate with police.
Gabby Petito’s family pleads with Brian Laundrie to cooperate with police.
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The home of Brian Laundrie, whose parents have rebuffed police several times when they try to talk to their son.
The home of Brian Laundrie, whose parents have rebuffed police several times when they tried to talk to their son.
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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

Police in Moab publicly release bodycam video of them responding to the domestic incident between Petito and Laundrie from Aug. 12.



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