September 19 human remains quickly identified as belonging to Petito were discovered in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, near the Spread Creek site. After an autopsy, the Teton County Coroner ruled her death a homicide.
A couple from Louisiana told CNN A few days after Petito’s death was confirmed, they had seen a “commotion” between the young woman and Laundrie at Merry Piglets Tex-Mex in Jackson, Wyo., On August 27. She was crying and Laundrie, looking angry. , got up from their table and went in and out of the restaurant several times. A store manager also witnessed the incident and called the FBI on Sept. 22, CNN reported.
Also on August 27, vloggers Kyle and Jenn Bethune captured images on their GoPros of the white van parked in the scattered Spread Creek camping area, about 25 miles from the restaurant, between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
“We thought maybe they were hiking or just relaxing inside,” Kyle told CNN.
The last text message Schmidt received from his daughter’s phone on August 27 read, “Can you help Stan? I keep getting voicemails and missed calls.” “Stan” was Petito’s grandfather, Schmidt said, but she didn’t call him that. The message made her “worried that someone had made a mistake with her daughter,” noted the chronology of events that North Port Police compiled to obtain a search warrant for an external hard drive found in the Ford truck, which was obtained. by NBC 8 Florida News.
The warrant noted that, in a once-frequent communication between Petito and her mother prior to her disappearance, “there seemed to be more and more tension between her and Laundrie.”
Hundreds of mourners joined Petito’s family in honoring her at a Sept. 26 memorial in Holbrook, New York. Many more watched the live streaming service online. But there are still infinite more questions about his destiny than answers.