An FBI tipster claims she saw a man that may be Gabby Petito's fiancée Brian Laundrie 'acting weird'
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito. North Harbor Police Station
A camper who believes she saw Brian Laundrie when Gabby Petito went missing said she saw him "act strangely".
Jessica Schultz gave the FBI a clue about the location of a body that authorities believed belonged to the travel vlogger.
The FBI and the Petito family lawyer confirmed Tuesday that the remains belonged to Petito, 22.
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A tipster who said she pointed the FBI in the right direction to find the remains of Gabby Petito said she saw a man she believed was Brian Laundrie who was near the The campsite where her body was found behaved "strangely".
Jessica Schultz, a camper who visited Grand Teton National Park in late August, said she saw a young man who appeared to be Laundrie two days after Petito's mother said she last spoke to her.
Schultz told the San Francisco Chronicle that on Aug. 26 she was driving behind a slow-moving white van that she later said belonged to Petito and Laundrie. When the van stopped in an area that wasn't a designated pull-out, Schultz said she went off the road to get around.
Looking into the car as she drove past, she said she noticed that the driver, whom she described as a "generic" young white man, was alone. She said she saw the van again on August 27th and 28th without the man or anyone else, adding that she and the group of other campers she was with sensed the van didn't belong because he was not in a designated parking lot.
"He was just acting weird," Schultz told the Chronicle. "You know, when you're in the middle of nowhere, the hair on your neck goes up when you see something out of the ordinary."
Schultz said that on closer inspection she saw a straw hat on the dashboard of the van, and she was convinced the man she was seeing was Laundrie after her friend sent her a photo with the distinctive hat on.
"My friend sent me a picture of the hat on the dash and I just lost my shit," said Schultz. "And so I called the FBI and said, 'Guys, check out Spread Creek.'"
At the beginning of the year, Petito and Laundrie embarked on a road trip through the country, which is expected to end in Oregon in October. Her mother reported her missing on September 11th after Laundrie returned to Florida alone.
On September 19, a body was later found in the national park near Spread Creek Campground, which authorities believed "matched Petito's description". On Tuesday, the FBI and the Petito family lawyer confirmed the remains belonged to Petito.
Schultz told The Chronicle that the FBI agent advised her that she told her the agency "spoke to hundreds of people, but you're the ones who really got us to the right place," and thanked her her for the information.
"We triumph. We were right and we led them in the right direction," she said. "But then of course it's not something you're right about. It was certainly emotionally exhausting."
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