Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie: Bombshell video emerges revealing hours before murder
exclusive: The surveillance video from the Wyoming Whole Foods store shows Gabi Pettito and Brian Laundry Browsing grocery shelves on August 27, 2021 – the day she was last seen alive.
The video, obtained by Fox News Digital, shows Petitto’s signature white Ford Transit entering the parking lot at around 2:11 p.m. — shortly after the couple had left Merry Piglets Tex-Mex Restaurant In town after a public argument between Laundry and three female restaurant employees. An apparently angry Laundry left and returned to the restaurant four times before Pettito apologized, witnesses told Fox News Digital last summer. The restaurant separately admitted that the couple ate there that day.
Shortly after leaving the restaurant, the couple can be seen in a video being pulled into the grocery store parking lot.
They sit in the car for another minute, then Laundry exits from the driver’s side, closing the door before approaching the rear of the car. He grabs a hat from the rear cabin, then Pettito steps in to view from the passenger side.
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The two approached the store together, Pettito with her arms clasped in front of herself, Laundry with his hands in his pockets, his face hidden under the brim of his hat and behind sunglasses.
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Inside cameras are shown from several angles as they make their way through the store for about 15 minutes. there is no sound. At one point Petito can be seen picking some cheese from a display near the café and putting it in a carrying case.
They had left a different entrance than the one they had arrived at.
They cut through the parking lot to the truck, where they sit for another 20 minutes before pulling out onto Interstate 89 – the road to the Bridger-Teton National Forest camping site where Petito’s remains were found 30 miles north about three weeks later. .
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The then-Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blow ruled that Pettito’s death was murder by manual strangulation and put a window of death three to four weeks before her remains were discovered on September 19. That Laundry killed her on the evening of August 27. And many experts, including criminal analyst John Kelly and former FBI behaviorist Forensic expert Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgessthey suggested that the dispute over the restaurant stirred up Londry’s mood, eventually leading to Pettito’s death.
Jackson police told Fox News Digital Monday that they recovered the surveillance video after Pettito was reported missing on 9/11.
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“Trying to locate the place was the first we heard about Gabe Pettito,” Jackson Police Lt. Ross Rochelle said. Then investigators streamed the video for hours in an attempt to trace her steps.
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By September 1, Laundry had already driven the Petito truck to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, without it. He went on vacation with his family, took a few days off work and refused to speak to investigators when they knocked on his door on 9/11 when Pettito’s parents reported her missing. Days later, he disappeared with a gun, driving his Ford Mustang to Myakkahatchee Creek Ecopark 10 minutes away.
On October 20, 2021, investigators discovered Laundry’s remains in a nearby swampy ecological park. In a dry bag that was also found at the scene, the FBI said Laundry had confessed to Pettito’s murder in writing.
“She ended her life,” says the handwritten letter, first obtained by Fox News Digital. “I thought it was merciful, that’s what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
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He coined it as a mercy killing, and wrote that she cut herself in a fall near camp. He also wrote, “From the moment I decided to get rid of her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”
Fox News Digital brought Laundry’s parents to the park the morning his remains were recovered. They meet a Northport detective and an FBI member and set out in the swamp to take a look at where they thought their son had disappeared weeks earlier. The intensive search operations have been hampered by flood waters until that point.
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Christopher Laundrie found the dry bag at the scene, and investigators separately recovered Laundrie’s skeletal remains nearby. The FBI later said he died of a gunshot wound, and said a pistol was found at the scene.
When he left his parents’ house on September 13, even though he was placed under surveillance By the local police, he escorted his mother’s Ford Mustang to the park and brought the pistol.
Fox News’ Laura Engel, Sarah Rampf, and Matthew Cena contributed to this report.