TikToker Miranda Baker claims Brian Laundrie offered $200 for ride after Gabby Petito vanished
The 23-year-old man was donning 'a backpack, a long sleeve, pants and hiking boots' as claimed by TikToker Miranda Baker
A TikToker has now come forward to give her inputs in the complicated missing case of a Long Island YouTuber. Miranda Baker has claimed that she had an interaction with Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie a few days after she disappeared. According to Baker, she picked up the 23-year-old man as he was hitchhiking alone on August 29 -- five days after Gabby was seen checking out of a Fairfield Inn hotel in Utah.
Baker shared a video on her TikTok account in which she said that she along with her boyfriend was at Grand Teton National Park in Colter Bay, Wyoming, on the evening of August 29 when Brian requested them for a lift. She noted, “He approached us asking for a ride because he needed to go to Jackson and we were going to Jackson that night. So I said, ya know, ‘hop in’ and he hopped in the back of my Jeep.”
The Mystery of Gabby Petito's Instagram: Fans spot that final posts have no locations
Brian, who is now a person of interest in the disappearance case, was donning “a backpack, a long sleeve, pants and hiking boots,” as claimed by Baker. She also said Gabby’s boyfriend even offered to pay them $200 for a 10-mile ride. “So that was kind of weird,” the TikToker added.
Baker said she and her boyfriend “then proceeded to make small talk” with Brian and he apparently told them he had been camping for several days without his 22-year-old fiancée. “He did say he had a fiancée and that she was working on their social media page back at their van,” she stated.
Baker then shared another TikTok video in which she alleged that Brian told them before camping along, he along with Gabby was camping on a non-regulated campsite through the national park. “They were camping basically out in the middle of nowhere along Snake River,” she added. The TikToker continued, “This is key information. He said that he had hiked for days along Snake River but looking at his backpack, it wasn't full. And he said all he had was a tarp to sleep on. And, if you'd think you're going camping for days on end you'd want food and a tent and he had none of that.”
“He had scruff but he didn't look dirty for someone who was camping for multiple days. He didn't look dirty, he didn't smell dirty, so that part was kind of weird,” Baker said, before adding when she told Brian that they were driving to Jackson Hole, he apparently ‘freaked out’ and asked them to stop. “Nope, I need to get out right now,” he allegedly told Baker. She noted, “We dropped him off at 6.09pm on August 29,” before calling the whole interaction “a weird situation”. Baker also said that she is in regular contact with detectives and the FBI who are working on the case.
Gabby was on a cross-country trip with Brian that began at the starting of July. However, on September 1, the man returned alone to his Florida home. He also did not cooperate with authorities after the young woman was reported missing by her family on September 11. The Petito family then issued an emotional statement urging the Laundrie family to come forward and help them in finding their daughter.
The letter read aloud by family attorney Richard Stafford stated, “We understand you are going through a difficult time and your instinct to protect your son is strong. We ask you to put yourselves in our shoes. We haven't been able to sleep or eat and our lives are falling apart. As a parent, how can you let us go through this pain and not help us? As a parent, how could you put Gabby's younger brothers and sisters through this?”