The Gabby Petito case has gripped the nation. Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family after her boyfriend returned home from a cross-country road trip they had been on together. The van and the boyfriend (there have been reports that they were engaged), Brian Laundrie returned to the couple’s North Port, Florida home but there was no sign of Gabby Petito.

There have been a lot of twists and turns in this case. The timeline starts in July when the couple left on their cross-country road trip from New York. With her boyfriend refusing to answer questions and now missing, authorities have relied on Gabby’s social media presence and tips from  people calling the FBI.

Since Gabby was reported missing by her family national news media had descended on North Port, Florida. This case is of interest to many in the nation because of the numerous locations it covers. From Utah and Wyoming to New York, where Gabby’s Family lives and where they left from, to Florida all anyone wants to know is what happened to Gabby Petito.

We have collected information from authorities and news sources to put together a timeline of what has happened so far.

As this case develops, we will update this timeline with information from authorities and news sources.

If you have any information on this case please call 1-800-CALL-FBI.


  • July 2021

    The couple left on their cross country road trip in July and drove west. According to the North Port Police Chief they planned to visit state national parks. Gabby documented their journey on social media.

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  • Mid-August

    Since Gabby’s disappearance it was reported that the couple had a run in with police in Moab, Utah. In the released body cam footage, the officers questioned both and figured out that they had been some kind of argument and Petito slapped Laundrie. No charges were files and the couple agreed to separate for the night.

  • End of August

    Gabby’s family said they last had contact with her at the end of August. Reports say that Gabby had a FaceTime call with her mom and told her she was leaving Utah and heading to the Tetons in Wyoming. For the following days until August 30th the family says they received texts from Gabby. The last one reportedly said “No service in Yosemite.”

    In her last post on Instagram on August 25th Gabby is pictured holding a crochet pumpkin with the caption “Happy Halloween”.

  • September 1

    Brian Laundrie returned to the couple’s North Port, Florida home with the van. It should be noted that Brian’s parents live with the couple.

  • September 11

    Gabby’s family reported her missing after not being able to get in touch with her. Authorities went to the couple’s home in North Port asking to speak with Brian, but they were directed to his attorney.

  • September 15

    Brian Laundrie officially named a person of interest in the disappearance of Gabby Petito.

  • September 16

    Gabby’s family, who lives in New York, pleaded with Brian and his family to cooperate with authorities.

  • September 17

    Brian Laundrie’s family asks for the police to come to the home. This is when his family told police that they have been unable to locate their son.


  • September 18

    A search for Brian was underway at Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida. At the same time a search for Gabby was underway at  Grand Teton National Park.


  • September 19

    FBI officials announced that human remains that are consistent with Gabby’s description were found in Teton County, Wyoming. However, investigators said that a full forensic identification is pending. While in Venice, Florida the search for Brain ended at about 6p. 

  • September 20

    The FBI execute a search warrant today at the couple’s home in North Port. A Ford Mustang was towed away during the search warrant.

    A memorial for Gabby grows outside North Port city hall.

    The Bethune family from Tampa may have spotted Gabby’s van in the Spread Creek camping area near the Grand Tenton National Park. They posted the video on their YouTube Page on Sunday after sending it to the FBI. Later that day remains matching Gabby’s description were found in the area where the video was taken.

  • September 21 - 23

    Authorities resume their search for Brian Laundrie in Carton Reserve.


    On September 21st the FBI also confirmed that the remains found on Sunday are those of Gabby Petito and the cause of death is homicide.

    The authorities continue to search the Carlton Reserve on September 23rd.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Brian Laundrie.

  • September 25

    Dog the Bounty Hunter shows up at the door of the Laundrie home.

    A scaled back search for Brian Laundrie continues on Saturday at Carlton Reserve.

    The same day, Gabby’s family announces the Gabby Petito Foundation to help find other missing children.


  • September 26

    Gabby Petito’s friends and family lay Gabby to rest at her funeral in Long Island.

    Meanwhile, the FBI arrives at the Laundrie home to collect DNA for testing.

  • October 12

    The Teton County Corner released its results of the Gabby Petito autopsy. It showed death by strangulation.

  • October 20

    Sarasota County Medical Examiner has been called out to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. Articles that reportedly belong to Brian Laundrie were found on a trail in the park that he apparently frequented.


    During a press conference on October 20th at 4:30p an FBI spokesperson says that a backpack and notebook that belonged to Brian Laundrie along with the partial human remains were found in an area that until recently has been under water. It’s likely officials will be on scene for several days and the park and surrounding areas will remain closed.

  • October 21

  • November 23

    The Laundrie family attorney has confirmed that Brian Laundrie died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.


  • January 21, 2022

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