The new photo of murdered Long Island native Gabby Petito shows her with blood splattered across her face just weeks before her body was discovered battered and dead on an awful cross-country voyage with her then-fiance and murderer Brian Laundrie.
On the 12th of August, 2021, in Moab, Utah, Petito, then 22 years old, is seen with blood covering her left eye and nose before being questioned by local police who disregarded a 911 call alleging a domestic incident.
Lawyers for Petito’s family released the photo as part of their wrongful death lawsuit against the Moab Police Department, which was filed in November.
A selfie of a teary-eyed Petito was found on her phone.
According to “available data,” the photo was taken around 4:37 p.m., or just before the original 911 call was made, her family’s lawyers wrote on their website.
Moab police later confessed that their handling of an angry Petito during questioning at Arches National Park and subsequent decision to not press charges were “unintentional mistakes.”
Laundrie murdered Petito on August 28, 2021, and on September 18, her body was found in a shallow grave in a Wyoming nature park.
Laundrie disappeared on September 1 after driving Petito’s van to visit his parents in North Port, Florida; on October 20 his body was found in a nearby marsh, with a gunshot wound to the head. The authorities also found a handwritten confession detailing the murder of Petito.
Rumors of their allegedly harsh relationship surfaced here and there, but the story of her abduction and the long hunt for Laundrie before his death was discovered captivated the nation.
To hide the developing tension between them, Petito kept an Instagram account chronicling the trip. The updated photo illustrates how much of a hassle Petito was to travel with.
Petito’s family is currently filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Laundries in Florida, alleging that they concealed their daughter’s death from them.
Gabby, a native of Blue Point, Florida, lost contact with her loved ones on August 25th, 2021. Two days later, two YouTubers found her 2021 Ford Transit close to Grand Teton.
Her mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported her daughter Laundrie missing on September 11, just days before she was named a person of interest in a case.