A TikToker has made headlines after claiming she picked up Brian Laundrie hitchhiking alone just days after Gabby Petito last made contact with her family.
In a series of TikTok videos posted on Friday, Miranda Baker said she and her boyfriend picked up Laundrie in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 29 at around 5:30 pm.
In one of the videos, Miranda says:
In another video, Baker said:
North Port Police said Saturday morning that they are now currently searching for ‘the vast Carlton Reserve,’ a 24,565-acre preserve north of his home in North Port, for Laundrie.
Josh Taylor, a public information officer for the North Port Police said:
Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail. It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations.
Following the news of Laundrie being reported ‘missing’, Petito’s family have responded.
The lawyer for the Petito family released a statement saying:
All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.
A final text message was sent from Petito’s phone to her mother which simply said there was no phone signal in Yosemite, however her mother does not believe the message actually came from Gabby.