News that “certain items” belonging to Brian Laundrie were found in a Florida park comes days after Gabby Petito’s cause of death was ruled to be strangulation.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue made the announcement last week. He said Petito’s time of death was estimated to be around three to four weeks before his body was found on September 19 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
Here’s what we know about the timeline in Petito’s case:
June: Petito and Laundrie have embarked on a trip across the country, according to North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison, who refers to Laundrie as Petito’s fiancé.
They were planning to travel in Petito’s white Ford pickup to the west coast and visit national and national parks in the western United States, Garrison said at a news briefing.
She was excited to share her trip with her family and others on social media, he said.
“She maintained regular contact with members of her family while on the move, but this communication abruptly stopped towards the end of August,” added the police chief.
12 august: Moab, Utah, police met with the couple on Aug. 12, where officers described them as having “engaged in some sort of altercation.”
Although the two men were described as having a physical fight over an argument, “the man and woman said they were in love and engaged to be married and were desperate to see anyone accused of a crime “, reports the officer. Eric Pratt said.
At the officers’ suggestion, the couple parted ways overnight, according to the report, which described Petito as “confused and emotional.”
“Having assessed all of the circumstances, I don’t think the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much as a mental health crisis,” Officer Daniel Robbins wrote in the report. No charges have been laid.
The couple each had their own cell phones for emergencies, the report adds.
In an audio recording of today’s 911 provided by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, a caller told the dispatcher he wanted to report a domestic dispute and described a white van with a Florida license plate.
The caller said as they drove by, “the gentleman was slapping the girl.”
“Then we pulled over,” the caller added. “They ran down the sidewalk. He started hitting her, jumped in the car and they drove off.”
August 17: Laundrie flew to Tampa, Fla. From Salt Lake City on Aug. 17, according to Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino.
Laundrie “went home to get items and empty and shut down the storage unit to save money as they considered extending the road trip,” Bertolino told CNN.
August 23: Laundrie returned to Salt Lake City to join Petito, the attorney said, adding, “To my knowledge Brian and Gabby paid for the flights because they shared the expenses.”
September 19: Remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Three days later, the FBI in Denver confirmed that the remains belonged to Petito.
Read the full timeline here.
CNN’s Eric Levenson contributed reporting for this post.
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