Gabby Petito’s mother has come forward to share with the world the chilling text message that convinced her something was very wrong with her 22-year-old daughter.
Gabby and her boyfriend Brian left for their “West Coast” road trip back in July from Long Island, New York. The plan was to head to Portland, Oregon by Halloween and they would document their journey along the way on YouTube and Instagram.
But things went sideways sometime around the end of August.
There were signs that things were going bad for the couple – they were pulled over by Utah police after a witness saw Brian Laundrie “hitting” Gabby.
The last time her mom saw or spoke to Gabby was via a face-time message at the end of August…after that she never saw her or spoke to her again.
But there was one text in particular that came from her daughter’s phone that told Gabby’s mom that something was very, very off.
Gabby’s mom shared with police exactly what that text message said in an affidavit that was used to get a search warrant to go into Brain Laundrie’s house and declare it a “crime scene.”
New York Post reported that the text said: “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” the text message read.
But mom Nichole Schmidt (Gabby’s mother) felt that raised a red flag.
“The reference to ‘Stan,’ was regarding her grandfather, but per the mother, she never calls him ‘Stan,’” the affidavit by Detective Daniel Alix said. “The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter.”
“This was the last communication anyone had with (Petito),” the affidavit went on. “Her cellphone was no longer operational, and she stopped posting anything on social media about their trip. Per her family, this was not normal behavior for (Petito), and they became more worried about her.”
Why on earth would a young girl suddenly, and out of nowhere refer to her grandfather by his first name?
Sounds like something a frazzled boyfriend would say who had control of his girlfriend’s phone.
He likely wasn’t thinking clearly, and accidentally spoke in his voice, not Gabby’s.
And speaking of boyfriend Brian – the hunt for him or his body continues.
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