Gabby Petito was crying before 'happy' selfie, says Internet: 'Her eyes look puffy'

Many people that have been following the Gabby Petito case from day one, have already presumed Brian Laundrie’s guilt in her death

                            Gabby Petito was crying before 'happy' selfie, says Internet: 'Her eyes look puffy'
Internet sleuths think Gabby Petito looked like she was crying right before this happy selfie (Instagram/Gabby Petito)

As the search for Brian Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito, continues, online sleuths have brought a new theory into the arena — a potential sign that Petito had been crying while still posting photos before she disappeared. The disappearance and death of Gabby Petito and the police hunt for her boyfriend have generated a whirlwind online. True crime fans and armchair sleuths have pored over photos and videos and tried to find new evidence in a case that has many mysteries surrounding it.

Brain Laundrie is a person of interest in the case. He is still not wanted for the death that has been revealed to be a homicide. But online, a sizable chunk of people that have been following this case from day one, have already presumed Laundrie’s guilt in Petito’s death.


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Following the recent release of another police bodycam video of Petito being questioned after an altercation with Laundrie in August, many have questioned if Petito, who can be seen smiling radiantly in her many Instagram posts, was actually happy. In the bodycam footage, Petito was seen crying as she spoke about her argument with Laundrie and her mental health.


In the case of a photo dated July 22, online sleuths claimed to have already sensed that something was wrong between the seemingly happy travelers. The post, which contains three photos and a video montage is captioned, “Every night that we have camped so far inside any National park it’s rained. Rain sounds like a negative thing when camping, but after coming back from a strenuous long hike in the sun with no shade for miles, it’s nice to lay listening to the cold rain hit your tent and fight @bizarre_design_ for the blanket.”

One of the photos in the post is a selfie featuring Petito with no makeup and Laundrie with sunglasses and a cap with a scenic rocky backdrop in Bryce Canyon National Park. Some people in the comments have claimed that Petito’s eyes looked puffy from crying. One Instagram user commented: "Her eyes look puffy here like she was crying the night before."


Another wrote, "I noticed that on her YouTube video. If you run out ahead to five minutes it looks like her right eye is swollen, like how puffy your eyes get when you’ve been crying." One user added, "The 2nd picture in this group is strange. What's he trying to cover up under those shades? And she does not look happy. Where's her beautiful smile as seen in almost every other picture? She looks like she's being forced into the picture, against him. I'm really praying for your safe return, Sweet Girl! I hope it's all just some big misunderstanding!"

Another person speculated, "This caption was edited, and sounds more like something he wrote again. is he going back to old posts and changing them to match with the new ones??"

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