The 22-year-old vlogger told her family that she went missing after traveling to national parks in Wyoming and Utah in August.
Laundrie, 23, suddenly returned to his parent’s North Port, Florida home without Gabby, causing her parents to report her missing days later.
Laundrie was subsequently identified as a person of concern in her vanishing.
For weeks, the quest for Gabby intensified as individuals throughout the nation submitted clues on her potential location.
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Detective Sgt Phillip Smith from the Jackson Police Department stated, “Throughout the nation, various law enforcement agencies were receiving small fragments and portions of information.”
Smith added that The Dyrt, an application that offers user-generated details about campgrounds in the United States, is the app through which authorities obtained a possible lead.
The application also includes GPS monitoring, aiding authorities in locating Gabby’s most recent known position.
Authorities were in a time crunch to find Gabby before winter, as horse-mounted patrol crews were assigned to the area where she was last seen.
Deputy Andrew Roundy of the Teton County Sheriff’s Department said that other searchers were looking for Gabby along the south side of the riverbed at Spread Creek, before crossing the creek to the north side where the dispersed camping area is located.
Around 11.30am or 12.30pm on September 19, Rounday mentioned that an unusual consistency in the soil grabbed his attention.
Roundy exclaimed, reminiscing about that particular day, “Did we truly stumble upon Gabby? Is that genuinely her?” I experienced this sensation of certainty, thinking, “Indeed. It was Gabby’s corpse.”
“Gabby had been reclining on her side,” Roundy said, “almost in a tranquil manner as if she had simply settled down, placed her hands beneath her head, and dozed off.”
However, according to Sgt. Clayton Platt of the TCSD, Gabby’s head was actually positioned downhill.
Platt expressed, “You do not desire blood flowing to your cranium.” “It is not a noteworthy incline, yet I believe it is inherent in human behavior that you will recline with your head positioned higher.”
Roundy remarked that it appeared as if the scene had been deliberately set up, with Platt further commenting that there was a distinct lack of authenticity in the appearance of Gabby’s body.
As per the Teton County Coroner’s Office, it was subsequently concluded through a post-mortem examination that Gabby’s death was a result of homicide caused by “blunt trauma to the head and neck, along with manual strangulation.”
Two days before the discovery of Gabby’s remains, the parents of Laundrie reported him missing, claiming that they had not heard from him in days after he went out for a hike nearby Carlton Reserve.
Online investigators proposed hypotheses on Laundrie’s location while individuals asserted to have spotted him in various regions of the nation.
At this juncture, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, the parents of Laundrie, who had previously declined to speak to the authorities and media, abruptly made the decision to join the search for their son in late October.
Brian Entin, senior national correspondent for News Nation, remarked, “They discover possessions associated with Brian Laundrie, and almost immediately, Brian Laundrie’s parents ventured out one morning to search for Brian, and what was incredibly peculiar is.”
Nearly a month after the discovery of Gabby’s body, skeletal remains belonging to Brian Laundrie were found in Myakkahatchee Creek, Park Environmental, on October 20, 2021.