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Who found Gabby Petito’s water bottle?

EVIDENCE surrounding the death of Gabby Petito continues to come to light as the chilling case develops.

Internet sleuths have taken it upon themselves to help authorities crack the case regarding the moments that led up to Gabby’s death.

Who found Gabby Petito's water bottle?

TikTok user Olivia Vitale claims she found a Nalgene water bottle that reportedly belonged to Gabby at the Carlton Reserve and North Port, Florida.

The TikToker says she recognized it from Brian Laundrie's Instagram story and in some of Gabby's photos.

Vitale posted a video showing the moment she discovered the bottle, saying: "There's a water bottle right here!"

Gasping on camera, the TikToker said: "Holy! I just found something. Oh my God!" 

According to Vitale, the bottle has "Seattle, Washington" written on it.

She also alleged that her mom found an orange spray paint can.

A similar-looking water bottle can be seen in the Nomadic Statik YouTube video Gabby posted online in mid-August.

What did authorities say about the water bottle?

While there has been no official confirmation the water bottle found did belong to Gabby, her family's attorney told Fox News reporter Michael Ruiz that it may have been hers.

Richard Stafford said: "We have a picture that's from before she left for her trip. It looks like the bottle. I don't know why it would be left there. It boggles my mind."

A statement from North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said: “As far as I know, nothing related to this case has been found. Bunch of false reports. However, this is an FBI-led investigation and they should speak to anything such as that located. They may know more.”

News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin, who has been covering the case since it made headlines, chimed in on Vitale’s finding, saying: "Tik Tok user Olivia Vitale says she found a water bottle yesterday in the Carlton Reserve matching the bottle seen in Gabby Petito’s videos. 

“This is the moment she says she located the bottle – close to the area Laundrie’s remains were found.”

Entin alleges Vitale turned the water bottle into the North Port Police Department on Sunday and filed a police report. 

"Police confirmed to me this morning they have the bottle – and it appears to match the bottle seen in Gabby’s videos," he wrote.

The water bottle finding comes after Brian’s remains were found in the Carlton Reserve near his parent's house over a month after he vanished. 

He had reportedly told his parents he was going for a hike in the area prior to being found dead.

Gabby Petito timeline

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito's disappearance:

  • June 2021 - Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
  • July 4 - Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 - Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 - Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
  • August 12 - Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19 - Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
  • August 24 - Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • August 25 - Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
  • August 25 - Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
  • August 27 - Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
  • August 27 - Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
  • September 1 - Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 - Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
  • September 14 - Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
  • September 14 - Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
  • September 15 - Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • September 16 - Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 - Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
  • September 18 - Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
  • September 19 - Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
  • September 20 - Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
  • September 21 - Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
  • September 21 - The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
  • September 21 - The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
  • September 22 - Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
  • September 23 - Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
  • September 26 - Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
  • October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
  • October 20: Laundrie's personal items were found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. A medical examiner was called to the scene.
  • October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.

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