Cops speak with TikTok ‘witness’ who claims she picked up Gabby Petito boyfriend

Cops speak with TikTok ‘witness’ who claims she picked up Gabby Petito boyfriend
Police have confirmed they have spoken to a TikTok “witness” who claims she gave a ride to Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

Police have confirmed they have spoken to a TikTok “witness” who claims she gave a ride to Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

As the parents of the 22-year-old woman continue to plead for help in finding her, and her boyfriend continues to decline speak to officers, police in Florida confirmed that had spoken to a woman who claims she and her own boyfriend gave a lift to Mr Laundrie in Grand Teton National Park.

In a series of videos posted on TikTok, Miranda Baker, said they had picked up Mr Laundrie, who was hitch-hiking by himself, on August 29.

“Hi my name is Miranda, and on August 29th, my boyfriend and I picked up Brian at Grand Teton National Park at 5.30pm at night at Colter Bay,” Ms Baker said in the first of a series of videos posted on Friday.

“I’m hoping this can help someone identify him, because I saw him from TikTok, which then made me call the authorities, and my boyfriend and I have been in contact with a bunch of different people to help piece together different parts of this case.”

Ms Baker, 22, stressed that she and her boyfriend had passed their information to the police, and the FBI.

The investigation into the disappearance of Ms Petito, who was reported missing by her parents last week after failing to return from a cross country trip with Mr Laundrie is being headed by North Port Police Department in Florida, where Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie live.

A spokesperson for the department, Joshua Taylor, confirmed to The Independent they had spoken to Ms Baker.

“We have talked to her,” he said in an email. “That is all I can confirm.”

There was no immediate response to enquiries from the FBI, and Ms Baker, from Appleton, Wisconsin also did not respond to questions.

The report from Ms Baker is the believed to be the first to suggest Mr Laundrie had been hitch-hiking.

“He approached us asking us for a ride because he needed to go to Jackson, [and] we were going to Jackson that night,” she said.

“So I said ‘You know, hop in’, and he hopped in the back of my Jeep, we then proceeded to make small talk, but before he came in the car he offered to pay us like $200, to give him a ride, like 10 miles.

“So that was kind of weird. He then told us he’s been camping for multiple days without his fiancé, he did say he had a fiancé, and that she was working on their social media page back at their van.”

She added: “Then once in conversation I brought up ‘We’re going to Jackson’ [and] he freaked out. He’s like ‘Nope, I need to get out right now, pull over’.”

She said she and her boyfriend pulled over at the Jackson Dam, which is close to Colter Bay.

“We dropped him off at 6.09pm on August 29th. He kind of hurried out of the car, and then was like ‘I’m just going to find someone else to go hitchhike’,” she said.

“And we were like, Okay. It was a weird situation.. so when we picked him up he was wearing a backpack, a long sleeve, pants, hiking boots, and he had scruff, but he didn’t look dirty.”

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