Wyoming serial killer NOT Brian Laundrie killed Gabby Petito, new theory goes viral
Internet sleuths have come up with a theory that a serial killer in Wyoming may have murdered Gabby Petito and not her fiance Brian Laundrie, who is currently being sought in a nationwide manhunt.
Some are wondering whether a cold-blooded murderer is lurking in Wyoming after the murders of a Moonflower Co-Op worker and her wife just days after Petito and Laundrie's blowup and the apparent suicide of missing hiker Robert "Bob" Lowery, 46, who was found in nearby Petito's remains. MEAWW previously reported how Laundrie's father Christopher had agreed to join the search for his son, according to the family's attorney.
As authorities continue to search for Laundrie, new theories are emerging every day as to what may have transpired in the days leading up to Petito's tragic death. Redditor Coffeelife2020 weighed in on the homicide investigation in a r/GabbyPetito subreddit, which boasts nearly 150,000 followers. “I think not enough attention is paid to the idea that - if [Brian Laundrie] didn't kill her, why is the FBI not spending any time at all searching Wyoming for a potential killer there,” they wrote. “Most of us have been working on the strong suspicion - or even conviction - that BL definitely killed GP. But, taking a step back, if he didn't kill her, the FBI is back well past step one trying to find the person who did, given the circus around finding BL. If irrefutable proof surfaces that he's not guilty, it will be extra frustrating for everyone - especially her parents.”
It's worth noting that Laundrie has not been named as the prime suspect in Petito's death, but rather a "person of interest" in the case. Nonetheless, the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest on September 24 after he was charged with misusing a bank card that didn't belong to him and spending $1,000. It was later confirmed that the card belonged to Petito.
Laundrie returned to his parents' North Port, Florida home without his fiance on September 1. Petito was reported missing by her family on September 11 and her body was found in Grand Teton National Park on September 19. She is said to have been camping with her fiance when she disappeared, and while her death has been ruled a homicide, the coroner is yet to release a full report that would explain the cause and manner of death.
The aforementioned Reddit post discussed how it appeared thus far that Laundrie wasn't acting innocent, but also questioned why “the FBI resists against charging him as a 'suspect' yet" and "has not shown any effort to find a different one.” According to Coffeelife2020, the fact that Laundrie remains a "person of interest"and not a suspect cannot be ignored. “If they, too, think he's likely guilty - why not charge him? If they don't, they've wasted a ton of valuable time trying to even do a cursory search for anyone else," the post concluded.
Meanwhile, another Redditor wondered whether Laundrie might have returned to Wyoming. “I'm wondering why they aren't searching Wyoming for Brian himself,” Redditor Carenl wrote. “I keep thinking he's there, in the last place people expect... that he's returned to the 'scene of the crime' per se."
Witnesses saw the young van-life couple engaging in a blowup at the Moonflower Co-Op in Moab on August 12. Days after the reported domestic incident, store worker Kylen Schulte and her wife Crystal Turner were found shot dead at a nearby campsite in the La Sal mountain range. They had reportedly texted friends that a man had been "creeping them out."
The married couple was last seen at Woody's Tavern in Moab on August 13. Utah authorities have promised they are "not ruling anything out" in their investigation into the murders.