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Gabby Petito update: Medical examiner called to Myakkahatchee Creek park as ‘remains’ found in hunt for Brian Laundrie

DISCOVERY

PARTIAL human remains have been found in a Florida reserve just days after Gabby Petito's heartbroken parents spoke out on their daughter's killing and revealed her last text.

A spokesperson for the Sarasota County Medical Examiner told The Sun that they were also called to the scene on Wednesday but while partial human remains were found, they have not been identified.

"What appears to be partial human remains have been found in the Carlton Reserve in an area previously underwater," a producer with NBC News was told.

A coroner is reportedly on the scene as of Wednesday afternoon.

Plus, Gabby's mom, Nicole Schmidt, got a last message from her daughter's phone on August 30 when Gabby and fiancé Brian Laundrie were still on their cross-country road trip.

The text read: “No service in Yosemite," but Yosemite is about 800 miles away from Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming where Gabby’s remains were eventually found.

Gabby's body was found in Grand Teton National park on September 19, eight days after her family reported her missing.

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

  • HOW TO GET HELP

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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.

  • ITEMS THAT MAY BELONG TO BRIAN LAUNDRIE FOUND

    "Articles" possibly belonging to Brian Laundrie were found on Wednesday.

    Laundrie, 23, has been missing for more than five weeks after allegedly telling his parents he was going hiking in the Carlton Reserve on September 13.

    He never returned home.

    His parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, were at the 24,000-acre park assisting with a police search when a number of unspecified articles belonging to Laundrie were found just after 12pm ET.

  • ‘I KNOW WHY YOU CAME HERE’

    On Friday, Gabby’s dad Joe posted the “beautiful view” of a lake near where Gabby’s body was found in Wyoming.

    “I now know why you came here. #gabbypetito has a beautiful view from now on. Love you, and miss you,” Joseph Petito wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of a lake surrounded by mountains.

  • COPS ‘MISSED A LOT OF THINGS’

    Fundraiser attendee Regina Annunziata also said Moab police missed that Gabby was in danger when they pulled her and Brian over.

    “Just her demeanor, and, you know, they missed a lot of things. Yeah, and you can’t fault them but at the same time, I think there needs to be more awareness around these types of things and especially because they were so young.

    “Amongst everybody whether that’s the police, friends, family needs to be more aware of the red flags and the signs to look out for.”

  • 'SHE SETTLED FOR HIM'

    Livingston claimed he got to know Gabby because she would come to visit Laundrie a few times a week.

    "Gabby, she was always a sweetheart, very peaceful," he told Fox News.

    "She was always really nice to me, and she was really outgoing."

    "Once I realize that the person who was missing was somebody I actually knew, it hit me like a tidal wave," Livingston continued.

    "I think the only reason why she settled for him is he wanted to travel."

  • 'VERY POSSESSIVE'

    Livingston added that Laundrie would reportedly attempt to mark his territory with Gabby.

    "He would come over and do the boyfriend thing, put his arm around her, give her a kiss, very possessive," Livingston claimed to Fox News.

    However, "He was a good employee who knew how to talk to people," he noted.

    "He knew how to make people like him, he knew how to make people happy, and he knew how to make people buy the product that we had, honest."

    "He had the same kind of air you would be taught if you worked at a dealership."

  • FORMER COWORKER SAYS BRIAN WAS 'A CHAMELEON'

    Brian's former coworker 31, also described Laundrie as a "chameleon" who always had his hands clean despite their work with plants and dirt.

    Laundrie would also make money on the side by selling drawings, he claimed.

    "I remember from back then he was a big yoga nut, always telling me, ‘I gotta worry about my zen,’" Livingston said.

    "And I thought he was this weirdo."

  • FORMER COWORKER SAYS BRIAN LAUNDRIE WAS 'A WEIRDO'

    Brian Laundrie was a "weirdo" who had a "quick temper," a former co-worker has claimed.

    Michael Livingston, who claims he worked with Laundrie in a New York garden center for part of 2017 and 2018, said Gabby Petito's fiancé was a "yoga nut."

    He added that Brian was "very possessive" over Gabby, but alleges Laundrie was good at "making people like him."

    "He never came across as the kind of person that would be the killing type," he told Fox News at a memorial for Gabby in Patchogue, New York, on Sunday.

    "But he did have that tendency to be — I don’t wanna say the wrong thing and make him sound worse than he already is — he was kind of a guy who would get p---ed off pretty quick."

  • THE 911 CALL

    According to reports, a 911 call on August 12, 2021 reported that a woman, possibly Gabby Petito, was subject to domestic violence outside of a grocery store. This call was made before Gabby Petito was reported missing.

    “I’d like to report a domestic dispute,” the caller said. “We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl. They ran up and down the sidewalk, he proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”

    Police later stopped the couple in response to the call. Gabby revealed through tears that the two had been fighting, citing “personal issues” between the two.

    Gabby revealed to the cops that the couple were arguing regarding her OCD and her frustrations toward the disease.

  • WHEN DID GABBY DIE?

    Gabby's autopsy results revealed that she died three to four weeks before her body was found, placing the date of the murder around the last week of August.

    Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed that Gabby died by strangulation, adding that the body was outside "in the wilderness" until it was found.

  • CAT SCAN

    As part of Gabby's autopsy, Dr. Blue had conducted a full-body CAT scan on Gabby's remains rather than a typical X-Ray. CAT scans offer a 3D view of a subject's organs, whereas an X-Ray provides only a 2D image.

    Another unusual step Dr. Brent took in his examination of Gabby's remains was to consult an entomologist, which is a bug doctor, and a forensic anthropologist, who examines bones, to review the remains.

  • GABBY’S MOM WANTS BRIAN JAILED ‘FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE’

    In a heartbreaking interview that laid bare her devastation and anger, mom Nichole Schmidt slammed Laundrie as a “coward” who “knows what he is doing”.

    In an interview with 60 minutes, Gabby’s mom Nichole said: “He is a coward. “I just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life."

    “I don’t want to say he is insane or anything, he went home, he’s hiding, he used her credit card."

    “I mean, that’s not someone who has gone crazy. He knows what he is doing.”

  • TRAGIC WARNING

    Gabby's mom Nichole Schmidt revealed that she was "worried" when 22-year-old Gabby launched her planned four-month cross-country road trip touring America's national parks with Laundrie, 23, in July.

    "I told her to be careful, be safe," she told 60 Minutes Australia. "To be aware of your surroundings. Don’t trust anybody."    

  • ‘TIRED FROM TRAVELING’

    The Sun stopped by Gabby’s mom Nichole Schmidt’s house in Blue Point on Sunday.

    She was asked how the fundraiser was and explained why the family didn’t show up.

    "We couldn’t go, we were just too tired from traveling,” she said, adding that the family will be “doing something soon and talking to everyone at once.”

  • ‘IN HER SHOES’

    Regina Annunziata, who attended the first fundraiser for the Gabby Petito Foundation on Sunday, said that Gabby’s story resonated with her because she “has been in her shoes.”

    She said: “I hear a lot of stories where people are saying and myself included, where as soon as you watch the body cam footage, I knew immediately she was being emotionally abused, just based on him charming the cops.

    “I personally was in an abusive relationship. So, when all of this kind of went public, it hit home for me. And then just, you know, she was a young, beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her, it’s just heartbreaking that these things happen and there’s got to be more awareness, so things don’t progress to the point that they did unfortunately for her.”

  • ‘I KNOW WHY YOU CAME HERE’

    On Friday, Gabby’s dad Joe posted the “beautiful view” of a lake near where Gabby’s body was found in Wyoming.

    “I now know why you came here. #gabbypetito has a beautiful view from now on. Love you, and miss you,” Joseph Petito wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of a lake surrounded by mountains.

  • STAN THEORY: CHRIS LAUNDRIE'S BUSINESS PARTNER

    While the Petito family understands Stan to be a reference to Gabby's grandpa, there's a possibility that text wasn't sent by Gabby at all.

    Some followers of the case claim that Brian authored the text but sent the message to Gabby's mom in error.

    One sleuth claimed that Brian, while "out of his mind ... grabbed the wrong phone and thus texted the wrong 'mom'."

    In this instance, the sleuth interpreted Stan to be a reference to one of Brian Laundrie's dad's alleged business partners named "Stan Anderson."

    "It actually seems very plausible," the sleuth added.

    "I feel pretty confident that if his father does in fact have a business partner named Stan, the FBI knows & has looked into," wrote another.

    However, there is no evidence to suggest that Brian Laundrie's dad has a business partner by the name of Stan Anderson.

  • STAN THEORY: EMINEM REFERENCE

    Others have sensationally insisted Stan may actually be a coded reference to the 2000 Eminem song of the same, which is about an obsessive fan who is desperate to meet his idol.

    In the song, Stan grows increasingly more hostile and angry before tying up his pregnant girlfriend and driving her off a bridge in a murderous rage.

    As the theory goes, the name Stan was used by Gabby as an attempt to warn her mother that she was in danger without alerting the attention of Laundrie.

    However, Gabby’s autopsy confirmed she was not pregnant at the time of her death.

  • STAN THEORY: NOT A NAME, BUT AN ACRONYM

    One popular theory currently circulating on social media is that the Stan referenced in Gabby’s text is actually an acronym that stands for “Send The Authorities Now.”

    In a Facebook group dedicated to finding Petito, some have speculated that’s indeed what STAN means, despite it not being a recognized acronym.

    “What if she was scared by didn’t want Brian to get angry so then she added ‘I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls’ just to show him she wasn’t asking for help,” one person theorized.

  • ‘STOLEN’

    In an interview, Dad Joe, step-dad Jim and mom Nichole Schmidt revealed their agony after 22-year-old Gabby was “stolen” from them. 

    Step-dad Jim said: “Gabby was 22-years-old. Her life was stolen from her… stolen from us.”

    Nichole added: “This was like, evil. She was taken at someone else’s hand.”

  • VAN LIFE

    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.

  • TIKTOK THEORY ABOUT ‘BUTTERFLIES’ IN GABBY’S POSTS

    One TikTok video highlights how 22-year-old Petito used butterflies across her social media, before showing a clip comparing her fiancé, Brian Laundrie discussing flies to the cops.

    Laundrie – who is considered a “person of interest” in the investigation – says to police in the video, “and the flies here are pretty intense, so the flies have definitely been getting to her”.

    One person commented on the video, claiming: “I think sometimes butterflies can be used as a signal that someone is experiencing or survived domestic abuse."