Gabby Petito's mother said the final text she received from her daughter's phone was 'odd' and concerning, according to search warrant
Gabby Petito North Port Police Department
A search warrant for a hard drive from Brian Laundrie reveals that Gabby Petito's mother received the last text from her on August 27th.
In the message, Petito referred to her grandfather by his first name, which concerned her mother.
Authorities are still looking for Laundrie, who is a person of interest in Petitos' case and has been missing since Tuesday.
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The last text Gabby Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt, received from her daughter's phone before the 22-year-old went missing was "strange" and left Schmidt "concerned" according to a Florida search warrant for a hard drive belonging to Brian Laundrie, Petito's fiancé .
The warrant, which Insider was investigating, was signed by a Florida judge on Friday, the same day Laundrie, a person interested in Petito's missing person case, went missing herself, and two days before authorities announced she was had found a body near Grand Teton National Park, which could be Petito's remains.
Petito disappeared while on an overland trip with Laundrie and was reported missing by her mother on September 11, having heard nothing from Gabby since late August.
The discovery of the body and an upcoming autopsy on Tuesday could provide initial answers in the case that has tied the nation.
The last text message Schmidt had received from Petito's phone arrived on August 27, according to the search warrant.
The text read: "Can you help Stan, I only get his voicemails and missed calls."
Stan is Petito's grandfather's name according to the arrest warrant, but Schmidt told authorities that her daughter never called him "Stan". The news made Schmidt concerned that something had happened to her daughter, the arrest warrant said.
The message is the last known communication anyone had with Petito, and after the exchange, her cell phone stopped working and the young influencer from the van life stopped posting on social media, the arrest warrant says. Petito's family said this was abnormal behavior and they were even more concerned about their welfare.
According to the arrest warrant, Petito's cell phone was turned off for about 15 days on Friday.
During the execution of a search warrant on the couple's van on September 14, authorities discovered an external hard drive that may belong to Laundrie. According to the arrest warrant, law enforcement believes the drive may contain information that could help resolve the case. An arrest warrant was issued on Friday to search the drive.
The warrant also revealed that Petito had "many conversations" with her mother during the couple's month-long road trip, suggesting that tensions between Petito and Laundrie were escalating.
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