Gabby Petito’s family reflected on her life and disappearance in a chilling new teaser for the upcoming Peacock documentary to stream on December 17.
“It was like every parent’s nightmare”, Gabby’s stepfather, Jim Schimdthe said in a preview of The murder of Gabby Petito: truth, lies and social media released by AND! News Monday 13 December. “Just like, in a flash of a second. She is gone, she has disappeared. “
“It’s still unbelievable”, Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, added later in the video with tears in his eyes. “I do not understand.”
The murder of Gabby Petito: truth, lies and social media explores what happened in the months leading up to the case, showing the strained relationship between Gabby and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, until his disappearance. The engaged couple had taken a road trip across the country before she disappeared, recounting their travels together in a “van life” social media blog as they drove in a converted 2012 Ford Transit from July 2021.
The questions arose when he returned to the home that he and Gabby shared with his parents in North Port, Florida without his fiancée on September 1.
Brian, who became an interested person in his disappearance on September 15, was last seen on September 13 while on a hike near his family’s property after they returned together from a campsite. Brian’s parents reported their son missing on September 17.
The case ended tragically when authorities later discovered human remains that were consistent with Gabby’s description on September 19 near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
On September 23, Brian was issued an arrest warrant by the United States Wyoming District Court in connection with his “activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito,” according to one. tweeted press release from the official Twitter account of the FBI Denver, referring to his use of a bank card belonging to Gabby.
After a week of manhunting, the case took another turn when Brian’s remains were found in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
“The FBI and NPPD were briefed last night of Brian’s parents’ intentions and met Chris and Roberta there this morning,” the Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said In contact on October 20. “After a short search on a track that Brian frequented, some items belonging to Brian were found. At the moment, the police are conducting a more in-depth investigation into that area. “
Pasco Sheriff’s Office later confirmed a In contact that the K9 dogs were “requested” by the North Port police to conduct a search of the area. A coroner and a dead dog also showed up on the site that afternoon before the FBI confirmed at a press conference that what appeared to be human remains had been found on the premises.
In November, it was announced that Brian died of a gunshot wound to the head and his way of dying was suicide, according to his family’s lawyer.
Now, Gabby’s parents are still working and mourning the tragic loss of their 22-year-old daughter, who died at least three weeks before her remains were found on September 19th.
Gabby’s father, Joe Petito, recalled the last months of his life in the teaser clip, revealing, “That time we were looking for Gabby was a blur.” In the same interview, Gabby’s stepmother, Tara Petitohe added that it was “awful”.
The murder of Gabby Petito: truth, lies and social media will be available for streaming starting December 17th.