A couple on a road trip across America posted a video showing the white Ford Transit van used by Gabby Petito and her boyfriend parked at the campsite currently being searched by the FBI.
In a development that could help both tighten the schedule and narrow the locations of investigators looking for Ms Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, a couple uploaded the video showing the white vehicle, claiming that they had passed it on the evening of August 27th.
It was parked at the side of the so-called scattered campsite at Spread Creek Road, about 20 miles north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Ms Petito’s family reportedly said it was the vehicle and wrote on Facebook that the FBI had the information.
It was the campsite raided on Saturday by dozens of agents from the FBI, the National Park Service and other agencies.
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The video was posted by Jenn and Kyle Bethune, who converted a 1983 sliver eagle bus to hit the road, and posts video updates on their Red White & Bethune page, which is captioned “Showing America through our Lens.”
“It’s in the scattered Spread Creek camping area. We got there and there was a huge gravel lot and we decided we wanted to try driving further back because we had heard the view was better here. So we were back on this long dirt and gravel road, ”said Bethune, recounting the video he posted on Saturday night.
His wife continued, “And we came across a white pickup truck that had Florida plates, a little white pickup truck. We were going to stop and say hello because we are also from Florida, but the van was completely dark, there was no one there, so we decided to continue on our way.
Mr Bethune said the van appeared to be “abandoned”.
“We thought maybe they were hiking or just relaxing inside, there weren’t any doors open, you know. You know, a plaque from Florida, across the country, isn’t something that we see all the time.
While the exterior of the van looks identical to Ms Petito’s camper van, which was also captured on police body camera footage, one of the details inside the van also appears to correspond to the transit in which the couple were traveling – a beige colored straw hat sitting on the dashboard. An identical hat could also be spotted on the dashboard of the couple’s van when she was pulled over by police on August 12.
Although the license plate is not visible in YouTube images, the similarity between the vehicles has sparked speculation, and the couple who shared the video are hoping the FBI will review it.
The couple, who are from Tampa and father of three and a son who died several years ago, said they only realized they may have spotted the van, looking back at some of the footage. and giving him a new set of eyes.
Mr Bethune said: “A little weird for a late Saturday night, but we just had a ‘Oh my god, there’s the van’, so if anyone can help I know that the FBI is looking for all help they can access the case. “
Ms Bethune added, “We wanted to include this in the video in any way that we could help and broadcast that so that we could find Gabby Petito. So if you could share it if you know anything, don’t hesitate.
Courtney Bernal, spokesperson for the FBI office in Denver, said The independent in an email, he did not grant media interviews, that he had “no further comments” on the case, but that updates would be posted on social media.
However, on the main Facebook page set up to help find Ms Petito and run with the family’s contribution, an administrator wrote: “We have this video, the FBI too – we think it’s the van. for several reasons. Please do not obstruct the board line with the same video. It’s in the hands of the right people. Thank you very much, this is exactly why we ask people to review older photos and videos.
Meanwhile, in Florida, North Port Police continue to search for Mr. Laundrie, who they say is a person of interest and has not been seen since Tuesday, the family said. Police say they have no evidence of a crime having been committed at this point.