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GABBY Petito's last Instagram photo that was "posted by her fiancé after her death" has become a memorial for hundreds of mourners.
A memorial site has been set up outside The Monarch, a restaurant and retail space in Ogden, Utah, where the snap was taken, as visitors paid tribute to the late YouTuber.
The vlogger's final snap shows her smiling in front of the distinctive butterfly mural and is captioned "Happy Halloween."
The 22-year-old YouTuber's photo was shared on August 26, two days after she was at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, her last known location.
The memorial which is is filled with photos, flowers, and notes, was set up by a group of locals who decided to honour her memory.
Jake McMahon, wrote on a Facebook post: "I recognize that this might seem a little strange.
"Gabby Petito wasn't from Ogden, Utah.. or even the west coast. However, she was a human being who saw the beauty of Utah/Ogden from all the way in Florida.
"If she can show Utah some love, we can show her some love and come together with one another in her memory. The bigger picture here is that this tragedy isn't rare."
He added that hundreds of people have flocked the area to pay their respects to Gabby and have been leaving "heartwarming messages."
He told the Independent: "In order to make sure nothing gets stolen or damaged, I take home the gifts and cards each night around 8pm and I bring them back each morning around 8am.
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"We have some books that each person can write a message to Gabby or her loved ones (we’ll be sending these to her family afterward), and the messages they write have been so heartwarming.
"It’s obvious to many that Gabby was a beautiful soul who would light up a room, and she didn’t deserve this fate whatsoever."
Web sleuths have been questioning Gabby's last Instagram post, as they pointed out the lack of tagged locations.
Gabby's body was found earlier this week in Wyoming and the Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the vlogger died as a result of homicide but the cause is still pending final autopsy results.
Meanwhile her fiancé Brian Laundrie remains missing after he vanishedlast Tuesday, when according to his family, he left home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve and never returned.
A federal arrest warrant has beenissued for Laundrie, according to an indictment filed by the Denver Field Office of the FBI
The 23-year-old is accused of swiping Gabby’s Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 through September 1.
It comes as a law firm is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information that leads directly to finding Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip. The video receives more than 200,000 views.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
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