INTERNET sleuths have theorized that Gabby Petito was pregnant when she was killed in Wyoming during a cross-country road trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie.
Gabby’s remains were discovered at a campsite near Grand Teton National Park on September 19. The manner of her death was ruled a homicide though a cause of death has not yet been confirmed, pending the release of an autopsy report.
Gabby is pictured in tears during an August encounter with police[/caption]
There is no evidence to suggest the couple were expecting at the time of their ill-fated trip[/caption]
The FBI is currently withholding the results of the autopsy for reasons unknown.
Famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden told Fox News on Tuesday that withholding the slain vlogger’s cause of death is “unusual” and only typically happens when investigators are “missing something.”
While Gabby’s family and the rest of the watching world wait for answers, conspiracy theories are running rife online as web sleuths and armchair detectives attempt to unfurl the mystery surrounding the case.
One theory that has been raised on social media and web forums frequently since Gabby was first reported missing is that the 22-year-old was pregnant with Laundrie’s child during the couple’s ill-fated adventure.
While there is no evidence to suggest that she was, some claimed to have spotted a sonogram in a YouTube video showing the couple’s repurposed van “abandoned” at the roadside on the day Gabby was last seen alive.
One Twitter user shared a still image from the clip, with items on the ground circled in red.
“Rewatching the Red White and Bethune video and as they’re approaching #GabbyPetito & #BrianLaudrie’s van is this a spiral notebook, sonogram pictures, and some sort of document just laying on the side of the road?” the post said.
Sleuths also speculated that Gabby may be pregnant after discovering a Pinterest board on her account titled: “Oh Baby”.
The board was also shared by Brian Laundrie’s mom, Roberta Laundrie.
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The page contains several links to items of clothing that were previously for sale including onesies and crocheted bibs.
There are several snaps of toddlers playing on the beach and cute family photos.
Women are also proudly showing off their baby bumps as they take a selfie in front of the mirror.
Some emotional snaps show parents hugging their toddlers and teaching their little ones to walk.
Gabby also shared links to pictures that showed little girls in costumes, dressed up as grapes and fairies.
Social media users have speculated that the Pinterest board may have been a sign that Gabby wanted to become a mom at some point in her life.
Claims that she was pregnant are nothing more than unfounded speculation.
None of Gabby’s family members have said or even hinted that she was expecting a child in any of their many public interviews since her disappearance and death.
Still, the speculation has continued online, with Reddit users on Wednesday suggesting that Petito’s withheld autopsy may show that she was indeed expecting.
Sleuths claim investigators may be withholding that information because it may help to explain a potential “motive” in her death.
They also alleged that Brian may have murdered Gabby. However, he has not yet even been named a suspect in the case, only a person of interest.
The conversation was spurred after one user wrote: “It’s safe to assume Gabby wasn’t pregnant, right? I know the full autopsy report is not public but I imagine it would have been reported like an additional death similar to the Shannon Watts [sic] pregnancy.
“(Just dwelling on the premeditated angle),” the user wrote.
Shanann Watts was the pregnant wife of convicted killer Chris Watts. Her husband killed her, along with their two young daughters, in August 2018.
“It’s always a possibility,” one user insisted.
Another respondent wrote: “Someone in the early days [of the investigation] suggested she was pregnant … but honestly I’ve wondered the same. Not with any legitimate evidence, just more of a passing thought in my head.
“I don’t have exact numbers but pregnant women are more likely to be killed by their partners than non-pregnant women, and non-pregnant women are already more likely to be killed by their partners than killed by anyone else.”
They continued: “Like I said, it’s just been a passing thought of mine. My sister was murdered by her fiance at 24 when she was pregnant with his child – so I can’t say it didn’t cross my mind.”`
A fourth wrote: “It seems like the FBI is keeping information on this case. If they think it could be critical, they might not disclose it.
“In this case, it would be motive, so I’d think they would keep that to themselves for now.”
Brian and Gabby, who met in New York before moving to Florida two years ago, were around two months into their planned four-month cross-country road trip touring the US’ national parks before Gabby vanished sometime around August 27.
Brian quietly returned home to Florida alone on September 1, failing to alert police or Gabby’s family that she was missing.
He reportedly acted “without a care in the world” upon his return, neighbors said, mowing the front yard and enjoying idyllic bike rides with his mom.
Gabby was eventually reported missing by her mother in New York on September 11. That came after 10 days of allegedly being stonewalled by Brian and his parents about where her daughter was, she said.
Then, on September 14, Brian allegedly vanished after telling his parents he was going hiking at Carlton Reserve.
But they didn’t report Brian missing until three days later.
A three-week search for Laundrie has so far yielded no leads beyond speculation and a handful of potential sightings.
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Laundrie is not currently considered a suspect in Gabby’s murder but is considered a person of interest.
He does, however, have a warrant out for his arrest on bank fraud allegations after allegedly racking up $1,000 in charges on a debit card that’s believed to have belonged to Gabby.
Law enforcement is still searching Carlton Reserve for traces of Laundrie, while TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter is scouring Fort De Soto.
Gabby was found dead on September 19[/caption]
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito's disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah’s Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed “more and more tension” between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what’s believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple’s van “abandoned” on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby’s parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian’s family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida’s North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian’s parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby’s but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie’s home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain “evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed.”
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby’s. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner’s office said Gabby’s official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
- September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
- September 26 – Gabby’s funeral was held on Long Island, New York.