Gabby Petito 'left huge clues in bizarre Halloween Instagram post' in desperate plea for help, Facebook users claim

GABBY Petito left "clues" in her final strange Instagram post in what Facebook users are claiming was a desperate plea for help just two days before she was last seen alive.

The 22-year-old vlogger posted about Halloween on August 25, with a string of pictures showing her smiling and holding a knitted pumpkin.

The final picture appeared to be Gabby taking a picture of herself in a mirror but her face was blocked by a phone.

In the background was a butterfly mural from Ogden, Utah.

"Happy Halloween," the post was captioned.

The fact the post did not tag an exact location caused some internet sleuths to point to the differences from Gabby's previous posts which she used to track her and fiancé Brian Laundrie's cross-country travel.

They claimed the differences in the post were proof that Laundrie wrote her final captions.

Others claimed that Gabby's hair looked freshly dyed and the pictures appeared older as proof that Laundrie made the posts.

Facebook users are now pushing a new theory that claims Gabby wrote the post but was trying to send a message to her followers with the subtle changes.

"I have a simple theory as to what happened," one user wrote.

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"I don't know if anyone has come up with this theory yet but what if that weird last Halloween Instagram post WAS made by her but she purposely made it not like her others in hopes that her friends and family would see in and know something was off.

"What if Gabby had a feeling that BL was going to kill her and that was her only way of asking for help without him noticing?"

Laundrie is not a suspect in Gabby's death but is a person of interest.

The FBI, who is leading the case, has not released any updates on potential suspects since it was revealed on Tuesday that Gabby died by manual strangulation or throttling.

The agency is currently on the hunt for Laundrie after issuing a warrant for his arrest on September 24 when a grand jury charged him with misuse of abank card that was later revealed as Gabby's.

Laundrie reportedly used the card between August 30 and September 1 when he returned home to Florida in Gabby's van but without her.

He disappeared on September 13, two days after Gabby's family reported her missing.

His family claims he went on a hike in Carlton Reserve and never returned.


Gabby's final Instagram post was uploaded two days after Brian reportedly returned to Utah after going home to clear out their possessions from a storage locker and moving them into his parents' house.

He and Gabby had lived with his parents for almost two years already.

Gabby remained alone in a hotel in Salt Lake City during this time.

Two days after the post, she was seen alive for the final time in a Wyoming restaurant as she apologized to staff for an angered Laundrie.

The autopsy results released on Tuesday did not specify her time of death but the FBI had previously said they believed it to be between August 27 and August 30.

Only the manner and cause of death were revealed on Tuesday as per Wyoming law.

Dr Brent Blue said it was outside his remit to speak about any potential suspect.

However, he did cite domestic violence cases when asked about the media attention around Gabby's case.


The FBI has not officially said that domestic violence is linked to Gabby's homicide.

The latest claims about her Instagram posts come after sleuths claimed Laundrie gave away crucial details to confirm they were written by him.

Gabby's supporters highlighted that the second-last post made on her Instagram account was using pictures that were taken weeks before and that other lengthy captions were "not like her."

"This post doesn't add up," said one Instagram user about Petito's last post.

"They were traveling across the country visiting state parks then all of a sudden a post where they are back in civilization with a generic description.

"This was not posted by Gabby."

The app has not commented on whether it is aiding the investigation into her disappearance and death.

The FBI has also not commented on the speculation.

Gabby Petito timeline

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
  • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
  • August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
  • August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
  • August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
  • August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
  • August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
  • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
  • September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
  • September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
  • September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
  • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
  • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
  • September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
  • September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
  • September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
  • September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
  • September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
  • September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
  • September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
  • October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.


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