Cops searching for missing Gabby Petito 'obtain cell phone tracking data' for her and Brian Laundrie
COPS searching for the missing Gabby Petito have reportedly obtained cell phone tracking data for her and her fiancé Brian Laundrie.
The breakthrough means authorities now have limited information regarding the missing pair's movements, but they still need search warrants to gain "complete access".
The couple embarked on a cross-country road trip before Petito vanished – and 23-year-old Laundrie mysteriously returned home without her.
Now police in Florida are hoping the access to their devices could provide key clues to the whereabouts of the duo, according to ABC7 reporter Jeff Butera.
He revealed in a tweet that although it does not allow cops to track Petito and Laundrie in real-time, it could help piece together their movements since the 22-year-old travel blogger disappeared.
The "free-spirited" Long Island native was last seen on August 24, 2021, checking out of a hotel with Laundrie in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She had been traveling with her fiancé in a converted van since July 2 and had planned to arrive in Portland, Oregon, and visit a family friend for Halloween.
Just weeks earlier, the pair had been stopped by police and questioned about an apparent domestic dispute that had been reported.
Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt, revealed that she heard from her daughter on August 27 and 30 but she told Fox News she is not sure if it was actually her as only text messages were exchanged.
She then reported her daughter missing on September 11 at around 6.55pm.
Police say Laundrie had returned home alone to his home in North Port on September 1, before hiring an attorney and refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Laundrie allegedly approached a couple at Grand Teton National Park in Colter Bay, Wyoming, on August 29, to ask for a ride.
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Wisconsin-based TikTok user Miranda Baker said he told her and her boyfriend he was hiking alone and had been camping for numerous days.
He was named a "person of interest" as he continued to avoid FBI interviews.
But as of Tuesday, his family said he has since also gone missing – sparking a huge double search operation.
His parents told cops he had left home Tuesday with a backpack, telling them he was going for a hike in the area.
Cops said it was “fair to say” that Laundrie could potentially pose a threat to himself or others.
Petito is described as 5'5 tall, 110 pounds, and has two tattoos, a triangle tattoo on her left arm with flowers and a "Let it be" tattoo written on her right arm.
The FBI Denver appear to be focusing their attention for the 22-year-old on the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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