Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie: Final YouTube video before she went missing

The one and only video posted to Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie’s YouTube page show a happy, loved up couple just days before she was declared missing.

The fiance of missing woman Gabby Petito has been ridiculed for a cryptic Instagram post he made before their US road trip, as well as an eight-minute video published just five days before she was declared missing.

Ms Petito has now been missing for two weeks after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, and family and friends are desperately trying to locate her.

The 22-year-old New Yorker was last seen on August 25 after leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Mr Laundrie.

While Ms Petito never returned home, her fiance did and has since made headlines after he reportedly hired a lawyer and refused to work with the police saying he wished to remain in the “background” while investigations into Ms Petito’s disappearance took place.

His response prompted Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, and her father, Joe Petito, to plead with Mr Laundrie to help find their beloved Gabby,

“The Schmidt and Petito family beg the Laundrie family to not ‘remain in the background’ but to help find who Brian referred to as the love of his life,” the statement said.

“The Schmidt and Petito family are going through the worst moments of their lives.”

Mr Laundrie has not been charged with a crime or accused of playing a role in Ms Petito’s disappearance, however, police in his home town of North Port, Florida, told Fox News that they want to speak with him about the case.

The search for Ms Petito has made international headlines, with eagle-eye social media users quick to uncover several posts made by Mr Laundrie in the lead up — and during — their road trip

In one Instagram post shared last year prior to the pair embarking on their road trip, Mr Laundrie wrote: “My biggest fear is that one day I’ll wake up and it will have all been a dream, because that is what every second has felt like since the moment we found each other.

“Till death do us part or until I wake up, I’m so happy the answer was yes, Love you hunny,” he wrote alongside a picture of Ms Petito.

Mr Laundrie’s most recent post was authored on August 13, just over 10 days before she was last seen showing him in Moab, Utah, in which he offered a long philanthropic rant about humans and chimpanzees.

“Humans are primates, great apes in fact but I don’t know all how great we are as a species. Chimpanzees share 98.8 per cent of there [sic] DNA with humans, our closest living relative, but as I see it every living creature is in some way our relative even trees,” the post read in part.

“Our society has put itself above all living creatures, creating needs purely to support destructive economic practices,” he continued.

“This tree doesn’t require an Apple Watch, it doesn’t stream its favourite shows, or have a microwave oven, pay health insurance or drink grande iced caramel macchiatos. It is just a tree but you rarely see geese riding jet skis or wearing designer clothing either.

“I think if we all want breathable air and drinkable water we all need to learn how to live with less.”

Mr Laundrie’s final post was made a day after police were reportedly called about an incident involving Mr Laundrie and Mr Petito, Fox News reported.

“Our officers did respond to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August, 2021 however, neither Brian or Gabrielle were the reporting party,” Moab Chief of Police Bret Edge told the outlet.

“Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”

It is understood Ms Petito last spoke to her mother, Mrs Schmidt, around August 24, according to reports. It is during tha final conversation she said that she was in Grand Teton National Park and soon headed to Yellowstone.

The pair made their last social media post together on their joint YouTube channel,

Nomadic Statik, just five days before the 22-year-old was declared missing.

The video follows the loved-up duo along the coast of California and into Utah.

Laughing while cooking breakfast together and going for ocean swims, the pair described the video as a “glimpse” into their van adventures.

“After our first cross country trip in a little Nissan Sentra, we both decided we to wanted downsize our lives and travel full time, but trying to fit everything for two people into the tiny little trunk of the car, also spending way too much on gas, food, and airbnb, was not the road to take,” the pair captioned the eight-minute long YouTube clip.

“We quickly realised we had to come up with a solution if we wanted to continue travelling and living nomadically, so that’s why we handcrafted our own tiny van, a simple 2012 Ford transit connect, using space with unique designs and features.

“Creating a space for both artistic expression and distance hiking. Thank you so much for watching, and we hope you tag along on our journey wherever the van takes us!”

Ms Petito’s distraught father Joe has begged the public to focus on finding his daughter instead of pointing fingers.

“Don’t focus on the cr*p, focus on finding her. I can’t implore that enough. All of the cr*p afterward will sort itself out. Please find her. I beg you,” he said.

In an interview with Fox News, Mr Petito said the search for his daughter, and the all the unknowns was “a feeling you can’t describe”.

“You can empathise, I am sure you can sympathise, I am sure you can understand how it feels, but you can’t describe how it feels unless you’re in it, unless you’re the parent,” he said.

“You just can’t describe how that feeling is because you’ve never felt it before. I pray no one ever feels it again.”

Police have previously called Ms Petito’s disappearance “odd”.

“I think anyone would assume that the possible last person to be around her is a person of interest to want to talk with,” a spokesman told Fox.

“However, there is no crime at this point.”

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