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New video shows Gabby Petito shopping with her fiancé Brian Laundrie on the last day she was publicly seen alive.
The video footage, obtained by Fox News, shows Gabby shopping with Brian the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2021 at a Whole Foods grocery store in Jackson, Wyoming.
It’s the same day Petito’s parents have alleged in a civil lawsuit previously obtained by Oxygen.com that Laundrie killed Petito and the final day that Gabby’s mother Nicole Schmidt has said she had communication with her daughter.
The couple arrived at the store around 2:11 p.m. in their white Ford transit van—which had been a focal point in a video Petito posted on YouTube shortly before her death documenting the couple’s cross country trek to visit the nation’s national parks in the converted camper van.
Shortly before arriving at the grocery store, the couple had been spotted by several witnesses at the Merry Piglet Tex-Mex restaurant, where other diners reported seeing Laundrie arguing with the restaurant staff, as Petito apologized for his behavior, according to earlier reporting by Fox News.
By the time they arrived at Whole Foods, the pair can be seen in the video footage sitting in their van before Brian got out and grabbed a hat from the back of the van.
Petito, who emerged from the passenger side of the van, can be seen walking through the parking lot beside her fiancé with her arms crossed over her body. Laundrie’s hands are seen inside the pockets of his shorts.
The couple spent about 15 minutes walking up and down the aisles of the store and Petito is seen on the footage choosing some cheese from a display before the couple finishes their shopping and leaves the store.
They returned to their van, where they sat for about 20 minutes before pulling out of the parking lot and getting onto Highway 89, the roadway leading to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where they were camping at the time.
Jackson Police Lt. Russ Ruschill told Fox News the video had been recovered during the search for Petito, who was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11, 2021.
Petito’s body was found in the remote camping area on Sept. 19. Dr. Brent Blue, the Teton County coroner, would later determine that the 22-year-old had died about “three to four weeks” before the remains were discovered.
She had been strangled to death.
Laundrie, returned to his home in Florida without his fiancé on Sept. 1 and went on vacation with his family before disappearing himself. His remains were later discovered on Oct. 20, 2021 in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park outside Sarasota, Florida.
He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Near the remains, authorities discovered a notebook in which Laundrie took responsibility for killing Petito, claiming that he had killed her after she got injured while hiking.
“I ended her life,” he wrote in the notebook. “I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock. But from the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”
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