Early this week, a couple who had visited Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park reported seeing a white Ford Transit van that matched the description of missing person Gabby Petito’s. The white van was parked at Jenny Lake — one of the most visited areas in Grand Teton National Park. According to KSLTV, Shannon Baker said they didn’t think much of the sighting until Sunday when news started breaking of Petito’s disappearance on social media.
Missing Person Gabby Petito Timeline
Jul. 2, 2021 — Gabby Petito and Brian Laundries depart Blue Point, New York in a white Ford Transit and head toward the western United States. Their departure is not documented on Instagram.
July 4, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts three photos on Instagram at Monument Rocks Natural Landmark north of Scott City in west Kansas — the first photos on Instagram that document their trip.
July 8, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts three photos on Instagram while in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
July 10, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts nine photos and a video on Instagram at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in south-central Colorado.
July 16-18, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts eleven photos on Instagram at Zion National Park north of Springdale in southwest Utah.
July 21-22, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts six photos at Bryce Canyon National Park southwest of Bryce in southwest Utah.
July 26, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts a photo on Instagram at Mystic Hot Springs near Monroe in central Utah.
July 30-31, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts two photos on Instagram at Canyonlands National Park southwest of Moab in southeast Utah.
Aug. 12, 2021 — Gabby Petito posts thirteen photos on Instagram at Arches National Park north of Moab in southeast Utah.
August 12, 2021 — Moab police conduct a traffic stop of a white 2012 Ford Transit with couple Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie just north of Moab near Arches National Park, and sort out a domestic disturbance.
Aug. 12-13, 2021 — Gabby Petito stays in the van at an unknown location on the night of August 12, 2021 while Brian Laundrie stays in a hotel as a ‘victim’ of domestic violence.
Aug. 24, 2021 — Gabby Petito stays at a hotel near Salt Lake City International Airport
Aug. 24, 2021 — Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, stated that Petito had told her they were traveling from Salt Lake City, Utah to Yellowstone National Park, and had last received a FaceTime call from Gabby around August 24.
Aug. 25, 2021 5:00 p.m. — Shannon Baker and husband Russell see a Ford Transit van in a parking area near Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. They report the sighting later when news of Gabby Petito’s missing person case goes national.
Aug. 29, 2021 5:45 p.m. — Tik Tok user Miranda Baker claims she and her boyfriend gave Brian Laundrie a ride at Grand Teton National Park from Colter Bay to Jackson Lake Dam on Aug. 29, 2021.
Aug. 30, 2021 — Last text message(s) sent from Gabby’s cellphone (location of cellphone not yet revealed).
Sep. 1, 2021 — Brian Laundrie returns to Florida in Gabby’s white Ford Transit without Gabby, but Brian and his family members do not tell her family that she is missing.
Sep. 11, 2021 — Gabby Petito’s family (Gabby’s mother Nichole Schmidt) report her missing.
Sep. 13, 2021 — Shannon Baker and husband Russell realize that a Ford Transit Van they recall seeing on August 25, 2021 might be missing person Gabby Petito’s van.
Sep. 14, 2021 — Gabby’s stepfather, James Schmidt, former fire chief for the Blue Point Fire Department, heads to Wyoming to search for Gabby Petito.
Sep. 15, 2021 6:56 PM — Grand Teton National Park Service tweets out Missing Person Alert for Gabby Petito.
Sep. 16, 2021 — Petito’s Instagram account was briefly deactivated by Instagram while investigating fake Petito accounts before re-instating.
Sep. 16, 2021 — North Port Police Department holds first press briefing, include request for help from Gabby’s father. The Petito family attorney urge Brian Laundrie to help with the investigation.
Sept. 17, 2021 — FBI arrives at Grand Teton National Park during the search for Gabby Petito.
UPDATE: The #FBI is working with our partners in the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, the @NatlParkService and other state & local law enforcement agencies across the country in the investigation of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito’s disappearance. #FindGabby pic.twitter.com/2ypZoBScvJ
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 16, 2021
Grand Teton law enforcement rangers are working with the Investigative Services Branch of the NPS, the FBI, Teton County Sherriff’s Office, Jackson PD & other law enforcement agencies to investigate the disappearance of Gabby Petito. pic.twitter.com/tYnSu9Ivr8
— Grand Teton National Park (@GrandTetonNPS) September 15, 2021
Thanks to a tipster who gave a concrete description of #GabbyPetito's van, authorities have narrowed down their search efforts to the Jenny Lake area in Grand Teton National Park.@MorganWolfeKSL has details this morning on @KSL5TV. pic.twitter.com/Xu5phP4r0o
— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) September 17, 2021
Latest on Petito case Wednesday September 15, 11:30am. Please use 1-800 CALLFBI pic.twitter.com/NpkUEjoME5
— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 15, 2021
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