In the U.S. states of Utah and Florida, police are currently investigating a possible connection between the case of Gabby Petito, 22, who was missing on a car journey across the continent, and a double murder in Utah in August.
No direct connection to open cases has been found so far, but attention has been paid to the details that strangely connect them, especially on social media.
Petiton reported a week ago the disappearance of his relatives, who had not been in contact with the woman for a couple of weeks.
What’s special about the case is that Brian Laundrie, 23, who was traveling with Petito in a van, had already returned to the couple’s current hometown of North Gate, Florida, with the least number of votes.
Brian Laundrie, 23, on a body camera video released by Moab police on August 12th.
Photo: Moab City Police Department / AFP / Lehtikuva
So far, Laundrie has not agreed to work with the authorities to find his girlfriend.
Police have described the situation as frustrating, but at the same time stressed that it is still a search for a missing person, where the priority is to find Petito instead of arresting Laundri.
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Police in the city of Moab, Utah, have said they spoke to Petito and Laundrie in August about a “possible domestic violence” involving a couple.
At the time, Petito admitted to hitting her boyfriend in a quarrel with an open palm on a few occasions, and Laundrie, for her part, admitted to pushing her girlfriend and grabbing this chin while trying to calm her down.
Police did not see enough reasons to take the matter forward.
However, the authorities ordered the couple to spend the next night apart.
The incident that led to the report is reported to have occurred on August 12 in the yard of the Moonflower Cooperative store in downtown Moab.
The next day was seen for the last time alive Kylen Schulte, 24, who worked at the checkout of the same store, as well as his wife Crystal Turner, 38.
According to police, the women who also spent their “van life” were last seen leaving the Woody’s Tavern in downtown Moab in the evening.
Five days later, Schulte and Turner were found shot dead to death at a camp site a few tens of miles away in the mountains.
A week ago, new information about the double murder came to light when the media got their hands on a document related to a women’s car search license.
According to the document, the women had been in contact with a friend before their death.
- Investigators have been told Kylen mentioned to his friends that if something happened to them, they would have been murdered.
Kylen had continued by saying that there was a “scary man” around the camp who scared them, the search permit says, according to news agency AP, among others.
The same document shows that the bodies of Schulte and Turner were stripped at the bottom when they were found.
There were several gunshot wounds in both bodies.
Based on their Instagram publications, Petito and Laundie visited Arches National Park, less than 10 kilometers from Moab, from 12 to 13.
There is a distance of about 50 kilometers to the area where Schulte and Turner camped.
Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, were last seen alive as they left the Woody’s Tavern in downtown Moab on August 13th.
In the past, they had told their friends that they were worried about a “scary man” moving near their campground.
Photo: Grand County Sheriff's Office
The Sheriff of the Grand District surrounding Moab issued a bulletin on Thursday regarding the investigation of the cases.
- The Grand County Sheriff's Office has been in contact with the Florida authorities.
We are actively investigating possible links between the disappearance of Gabby Petito and the double murder in Grand County, the press release said.
- Currently, the sheriff's office does not rule out any options.
We appreciate the public's concern and willingness to contact this office regarding these concerns and information, the bulletin continued.
Police in North Port, Florida, also confirmed that at least a link between the cases has not yet been ruled out.
- They'll figure out a possible connection.
I have not heard of any information linking these two cases, but I understand the timing to be questionable.
You never know.
I’m not going to say we would have excluded the connection from the bills, North Port police spokesman Joshua Taylor said.
There are currently no information about whereabouts or well-being of Gabby Petiton, 22, is currently not available.
Photo: FLORIDA POLICE / Reuters
Petito last spoke with his mother on the phone on Aug. 26, when the couple is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park in neighboring Wyoming.
On the same day, the last photo was posted on his Instagram account.
The couple actively reported on the stages of their journey on social media, but Petito’s mother said her publications were declining towards the end of August.
Laundrie has not released any photos since the photos taken on August 13 in Utah.
As late as August 30, Petito sent a message to his mother stating that Yellowstone National Park did not have the coverage needed to communicate.
The mother has said she is unsure whether the message was sent by the daughter.Keywords: