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The Mystery of Gabby Petito's Instagram: Fans spot that final posts have no locations

'The fact that these are old photos with no location makes me wonder,' a user said
UPDATED SEP 18, 2021
Gabby Petito began her trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie on July 2 from New York (Instagram/ @gabspetito)
Gabby Petito began her trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie on July 2 from New York (Instagram/ @gabspetito)

As the search operations for a missing Long Island YouTuber intensifies, her fans on Instagram have pointed out that her last two posts did not seem like her. Gabby Petito was on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie in a converted van. The couple was reportedly on a four-week trip that began on July 2 from New York.

However, after the 22-year-old woman’s family and friends did not hear from her for several days, they reported her missing on September 11 at Suffolk County, New York. She last spoke to her mother on August 25. On September 1, Gabby’s 23-year-old boyfriend returned to his home in Florida but declined to speak to the woman’s family or the authorities about her. He, instead, hired a lawyer to represent him. However, on Wednesday, September 15, investigators declared him a person of interest in the case.


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After setting out for the trip in July, Gabby shared a number of photos on her Instagram account. She also provided location information on her posts that included Colorado Springs, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Mystic Hot Springs, and the Arches National Park. However, her last two posts did not have a location tag, which raised the eyebrows of her followers.


The second last post shared from Gabby’s Instagram on August 19 included two pictures. The first picture showed a view from inside the van while the second photo was of the van from outside. The snaps were captioned as, “Almost immediately after telling @bizarre_design_ how happy it made me to see that people were truly respectful of the park, I watched some guy leave his processed pre-packaged plastic conglomerate of lunch garbage on the picnic table!”


The latest post of Gabby posted on August 26 seemed more unusual to her fans because it suddenly showed her posing in front of a butterfly mural with a small knitted pumpkin. The caption read, “Happy Halloween”. Other than the missing location tag, people also found it odd that her hair appeared to be dyed recently because her previous posts showed her hair darker than the recent one.


A person commented, “This post doesn’t add up. 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.” Another one said, “The fact that these are old photos with no location makes me wonder.”

A number of people on Twitter also expressed their thoughts over Gabby’s recent posts. A user tweeted, “Looking at Gabby Petito’s Instagram feed, her most recent posts are so out of character for her to post. No Geotag, weird descriptions, all of it. Bf probs tried to cover his tracks by maker her seem active.” The second one wrote, “Anyone else notice that Gabby Petito’s last two posts on Instagram both don’t have a location listed… but all other posts do? SOMETHING AIN’T ADDING UP and it SMELLS LIKE THE BOYFRIEND DID IT.” “This crazy shit got me analyzing all of Gabby Petito's Instagram posts looking for differences and inconsistencies in the post captions between older and more recent posts,” the third user added.