Gabby Petito documentary update – Timeline shown and Brian Laundrie seen in new movie about shocking murder

Gabby Petito documentary update – Timeline shown and Brian Laundrie seen in new movie about shocking murder

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GABBY Petito’s relationship with Brian Laundrie is uncovered in a new documentary that includes commentary from Petito’s parents and family discussing her murder.

The documentary, now streaming on Peacock, reportedly “sheds new light on the tragic story, the unanswered questions, and the shocking conclusion,” with exclusive interviews from her family.

Petito’s parents and step-family are seen on video discussing how they met Brian and how he acted – but how it seemed like nothing out of the ordinary.

“Brian would come to my home and he was very polite, very kind,” said Nichole. “I didn’t see anything in him that would worry me at all. No red flags.”

Petito, 22, went on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, and never returned. The 22-year-old was reported missing on September 11, just days after Laundrie returned home without her, and her remains were later discovered on September 19.

Autopsy results revealed she was strangled to death and Laundrie was named a person of interest but disappeared himself and was found dead of an apparent suicide on October 22.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Chilling warning from Gabby’s mom

    In the hour-long documentary, Gabby’s mom Nichole Schmidt revealed that she warned Gabby about getting married to Brian Laundrie, 23, too young.

    “They were engaged, so it was exciting, but I was like ‘well, just make sure this is … you know you’re young, and make sure its what you want.’

    “But I couldn’t tell her, you know, you can’t get married now because I got married very young,” Nichole said.

    Her stepfather Jim was excited about the young couple.

    “You know as a dad, you’re like, okay, you know, that’s great, you know, you can settle down a little bit. You’re happy for her, you know, that she’s found who she wanted to be with,” Jim shared.

    On the other hand, Joe and Gabby’s stepmom Tara refused to speak about their daughter’s engagement on camera, simply saying: “We’re not going to talk about that.”

  • Dad: ‘entire planet’ knows Gabby’s name

    On September 26, the family held a memorial service for Gabby to lay her to rest following the autopsy results.

    At the service, Joe said that he wanted people to be “inspired” by the life she embodied.

    “So when you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought to the table because the entire planet knows this woman’s name now,” he said.

    “And she’s inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what’s best for them first. Put yourself first and do it now while you have the time. I couldn’t be more proud as a father.”

    Joe also warned women in toxic relationships to “leave now” so that way this tragedy does not happen to them.

    Just days after, the family then held a press conference, where Nicole showed off matching tattoos that were designed by Gabby prior to her death.

    On October 3, 2021, Gabby’s family announced that they had launched the Gabby Petito Foundation in honor of their late daughter.

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    For help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

    However, if you are actively in danger, call 911.

  • Gabby was killed by ‘throttling’

    While Dr. Blue’s initial remarks lacked specificity, he later appeared on CNN and elaborated on Gabby’s cause of death, insisting she had been killed by “strangulation via a throttling.”

    Professor Joseph Scott Morgan, a forensic expert and former medical examiner teaching at Jacksonville State University in Alabama said Brent’s comments are significant, as “that really narrows the field down because throttling is so very specific.

    “He went to great lengths to even say that this was not mechanical, which essentially means that there wasn’t a ligature involved,” Morgan said. “When they say throttling, they’re talking about the application of two hands on this young woman’s throat.”

    Morgan called the manner of death “intimate”, adding that throttling can either happen anteriorly — from the front — or posteriorly — from behind, and is often driven by a component of passion.

  • How did Gabby go missing?

    Gabby Petito had quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure with Brian Laundrie, starting in July, documenting their journey in a stream of social media posts.

    In images shared by the couple online, they are all smiles — barefoot in a canyon or surveying the ochre rocks of state and national parks.

    In one YouTube video published during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together, and strolling on a beach.

    But the young woman’s family filed a missing person report on September 11 after the 22-year-old mysteriously vanished, and Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.

  • Was Brian Laundrie ever charged?

    Although Brian was not charged with any crime in relation to Gabby’s murder, the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest for the unauthorized use of Gabby’s debit card.

    Bank records show that from August 31 to September 1, four days after the couple was spotted at the Merry Piglets restaurant, Brian swiped Gabby’s Capital One card, running up a balance of $1,000.

  • ‘I hope she did not suffer’

    In a heartbreaking interview with 60 minutes, Gabby’s distraught mom Nichole said: “I hope she did not suffer and she was not in any pain. 

    “That she was in a place she wanted to be, looking at the beautiful mountains.”

    She added: “You never, ever think it is going to be yours. It is surreal.”

  • Moab police refund licensing fees

    Officers in the Utah city where Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie had an explosive domestic dispute have been accused of illegally collecting nearly $3,000 in fees for the distressing police bodycam footage of the incident.

    The Moab Police Department are planning to return the fees collected from multiple media organizations featuring footage of the officers pulling over Gabby and her ex-fiancé Brian outside of Arches National Park.

    The thousands of dollars in fees charged by Moab police the dissemination of the footage – which grabbed national spotlight – cost three times more than what the department had expected to take in for the entire fiscal year of fee revenues, the Salt Lake Tribune reported citing a city budget document.

    Moab Police Department charged 30 entities – mostly news organizations – $98 to provide the footage totaling $2,940,  according to a document The Tribune obtained through an open records request. 

    The law enforcement agency has since agreed to refund the fees which may have violated Utah law. 

  • Why did Gabby visit Grand Teton?

    Petito had quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure with Brian Laundrie, starting in July, documenting their journey in a stream of social media posts.

    In images shared by the couple online they are all smiles — barefoot in a canyon or surveying the ochre rocks of state and national parks.

    In one YouTube video published during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together and strolling on a beach.

    But the young woman’s family filed a missing person report on September 11 after the 22-year-old mysteriously vanished, and Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.

  • Gabby’s last texts and post

    Gabby Petito’s remains were found less than 1,000 feet (300m) from where, on the evening of August 27, another pair of travel bloggers caught video images of the couple’s 2012 white Ford Transit van parked along a dirt road.

    Petito, who was documenting the couple’s “van life” road trip on social media, posted her final photo to Instagram on August 25, the same day that she last spoke to her mother by phone.

    The family believes the couple was headed to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming at the time.

    Schmidt received text messages from Petito’s phone on August 27 and August 30, but suspects that someone other than her daughter sent them, according to investigators.

  • Brian’s notebook is ‘key evidence’

    Brian Laundrie’s notebook, which was found next to his remains at a Florida nature reserve, may reveal the truth about what happened between him and his late fiancée, Gabby Petito, an ex-prosecutor says.

    The notebook and remains were found by police next to a backpack belonging to Laundrie at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, near the Carlton Reserve.

    Neama Rahmani, a former assistant US Attorney and the current president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told The Sun the notebook and bag will be “crucial evidence” in helping to solve Gabby’s murder.

    “Law enforcement found a backpack and notebook, that’s key evidence,” Rahmani said.

  • Gabby’s mom speaks of her daughter’s ‘magical’ presence

    In the documentary, Gabby’s mom Nichole Schmidt said everyone who met their daughter instantly “fell in love with her.”

    The devastated mother said: “People would meet her and just fall in love with her.

    “She just had this presence. I don’t know what it was. It was just magical.”

    “There are so many good memories over the years, but the one thing I hold dear to me is the hug that we had before she left for the trip in the driveway.”

    “It’s still unbelievable. I still don’t understand it. It doesn’t make sense,” she added.

  • Rare photos of Gabby Petito shared in documentary

    Rare photos of Gabby Petito were shared in a new documentary, prompting her heartbroken parents to say “this is all we have left now.”

    Gabby‘s heartbroken parents, Nichole Schmidt and Joe Petito opened up about what made their daughter special in the new Peacock documentary, The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media.

    “Man, that smile. That smile didn’t change. Those eyes didn’t change. Those eyes, they would get her out of so much trouble,” Joe said.

    “No matter how old she got, she would still be my baby girl, you know, how much trouble she was in, it didn’t matter. She was still my baby girl, you know?

    “These are all I have left now,” Joe said as he stared down at his daughter’s childhood photos.

  • What does the Gabby Petito Foundation do?

    On October 3, 2021, Gabby’s family announced that they had launched the Gabby Petito Foundation in honor of their late daughter.

    According to the website, the organization’s mission is “to address the needs of organizations that support locating missing persons and to provide aid to organizations that assist victims of domestic violence situations, through education, awareness, and prevention strategies.

    “We wish to turn our personal tragedy into a positive,” the mission statement reads.

    “It is our hope that Gabby’s foundation will bring these important issues into the forefront of the public eye to the benefit of all our communities.”

    The foundation’s tagline is a phrase coined by Gabby’s dad in an Instagram post after her remains were found at a Wyoming campsite on September 19: “She touched the world.”

  • The Gabby Petito Foundation

    On October 3, 2021, Gabby’s family announced that they had launched the Gabby Petito Foundation in honor of their late daughter.

    “The Gabby Petito Foundation is up and running!,” a post on the foundation’s Twitter page read. “We have a lot of work to do, website is just starting out so be patient with us, we will get there. Thank you for all the support and love!”

  • Gabby Petito’s dad at her funeral, continued

    “And she’s inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what’s best for them first. Put yourself first and do it now while you have the time. I couldn’t be more proud as a father,” he added.

    Joe also warned women in toxic relationships to “leave now” so that way this tragedy does not happen to them.

    Just days after, the family then held a press conference, where Nicole showed off matching tattoos that were designed by Gabby prior to her death.

    On October 3, 2021, Gabby’s family announced that they had launched the Gabby Petito Foundation in honor of their late daughter.

  • Gabby Petito’s dad at her funeral

    On September 26, the Petito family held a memorial service for Gabby to lay her to rest following the autopsy results.

    At the service, her father Joe said that he wanted people to be “inspired” by the life she embodied.

    “So when you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought to the table because the entire planet knows this woman’s name now,” he said.

  • Gabby had ‘no fear’ about Florida move

    In 2020, when Brian’s parents Roberta and Chris Laundrie decided to move to North Port, Florida, Gabby asked Brian if she could come along, according to her mom.

    “When she and Brian started dating and he was like ‘I’m moving to Florida,’ she was like, ‘can I come with you?'” said Nichole in the documentary. “So she had no problem doing that. She had no fear to move to another state.”

    When the couple moved to Florida, they reportedly lived with Brian’s parents, who treated Gabby “like a daughter,” according to a journalist quoted in the documentary.

  • Family saw ‘no red flags’

    When asked about Brian, Nichole and Jim Schmidt said he would often visit their home and seemed like a nice, polite young man.

    “Brian would come to my home and he was very polite, very kind,” said Nichole.

    “I didn’t see anything in him that would worry me at all. No red flags.”

    Jim said Brian was “respectful” and even made the effort to speak to Gabby’s younger siblings and color with them.

  • Mom: ‘She was so happy’

    Gabby’s mom Nichole Schmidt and stepdad told in the documentary that Gabby and Brian met in high school in Blue Point, New York, and were just friends at first.

    “They were in the same group of friends in school, [had] common interests, they liked to do things together, [they were] both artistic,” said Jim.

    Nichole added: “They started dating after the first road trip, when they took the car to California.”

    “They were kind of friends when they left. They came back dating. She was so happy.”

  • Gabby’s family on her engagement

    Gabby’s stepdad Jim said he was excited about the young couple.

    “You know as a dad, you’re like, okay, you know, that’s great, you know, you can settle down a little bit.

    “You’re happy for her, you know, that she’s found who she wanted to be with,” Jim shared.

    However, Joe and Gabby’s stepmom Tara refused to speak about their daughter’s engagement on camera, simply saying: “We’re not going to talk about that.”

  • Gabby announced engagement to Brian

    In July of 2020, after 15 months of dating, Gabby and Brian became engaged.

    “Brian asked me to marry him and I said yes! You make life feel unreal and every day is such a dream with you,” Gabby wrote on Instagram at the time.

  • Gabby was killed by ‘throttling’

    While Dr. Blue’s initial remarks lacked specificity, he later appeared on CNN and elaborated on Gabby’s cause of death, insisting she had been killed by “strangulation via a throttling.”

    Professor Joseph Scott Morgan, a forensic expert and former medical examiner teaching at Jacksonville State University in Alabama said Brent’s comments are significant, as “that really narrows the field down because throttling is so very specific.

    “He went to great lengths to even say that this was not mechanical, which essentially means that there wasn’t a ligature involved,” Morgan said. “When they say throttling, they’re talking about the application of two hands on this young woman’s throat.”

    Morgan called the manner of death “intimate”, adding that throttling can either happen anteriorly — from the front — or posteriorly — from behind, and is often driven by a component of passion.

  • How did Gabby go missing?

    Gabby Petito had quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure with Brian Laundrie, starting in July, documenting their journey in a stream of social media posts.

    In images shared by the couple online, they are all smiles — barefoot in a canyon or surveying the ochre rocks of state and national parks.

    In one YouTube video published during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together, and strolling on a beach.

    But the young woman’s family filed a missing person report on September 11 after the 22-year-old mysteriously vanished, and Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.

  • Mysteries surrounding the case, continued

    Six days later, on Sept. 19, Gabby’s remains were found at a campsite near Grand Teton National Park.

    A five-week nationwide search for Laundrie then ensued. While he wasn’t named as a suspect in her death, a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of bank fraud.

    That search came to an end on October 20 after skeletal remains were found in Myakkahatchee Creek Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve, in Sarasota County, Florida.

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