New details continue to emerge about the initial disappearance of Gabby Petito as authorities keep up their search for her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in connection with the discovery of her body last month.
A video Petito shared on YouTube appears to provide new insight into the events leading up to her disappearance.
“We’ve just been fighting all morning”
Petito and Laundrie were on an extended nationwide camping trip, and their so-called “van life” was documented in videos like the one Petito posted on Aug. 19. That was two days after Laundrie returned home to Florida in an ostensible effort to terminate a storage unit lease.
According to Fox News, an attorney for the Petito family asserted that Laundrie stole his girlfriend’s credit card to pay for his flight to Florida.
The video, which has been viewed millions of times, includes her declaration that she quit her job to pursue a blog documenting her new adventures on the road. “I’ve been really stressed and he doesn’t really believe that I could do any of it, so we’ve just been fighting all morning and he wouldn’t let me in the car before,” she said. Take a look:
Laundrie went missing after he reportedly arrived in Florida again, this time alone and in Petito’s van. Some unconfirmed sightings have been circulating, including recent claims that he might have been spotted along the Appalachian Trail. His parents said they last saw him on Sept. 13.
“They have a vested interest in her”
Investigators have reportedly focused on a Florida campsite near where Laundrie’s parents said he planned to hike.
The New York Post reported that he set off on the hike and never returned home on Sept. 13 — two days after Petito was reported missing and six days before her body was discovered in Wyoming.
The case has captured the attention of media outlets across the nation and around the world as the case highlights important issues related to violence against women.
Not everyone believes the attention being paid to this case is good for society, however, including those who believe it is a symptom of “missing white woman syndrome” in which males and minorities are underrepresented in news coverage about disappearances.
High Technology Crime Investigation Association President Todd Shipley explained why he believes some people are captivated by the story, asserting that many of them “feel like they have a vested interest in her because she was a part of their lives as she told her stories, and when it abruptly ends because of a tragedy, they want to help find out who did it.”