Travel blogger describes stumbling on Gabby Petito's van in Wyoming video: 'I got chills'

Travel blogger describes stumbling on Gabby Petito's van in Wyoming video: 'I got chills'

9/20/2021 6:40:00 PM

Travel blogger describes stumbling on Gabby Petito's van in Wyoming video: 'I got chills'

A travel blogger who identified Gabby Petito's van in video footage from a trip to Wyoming revealed details about the chance encounter Monday on 'Fox & Friends.'

Jen Bethune reacted to the news investigators have found a body that matches that of the 22-year-old, saying it was heartwarming to at least be able to help bring closure to the Petito family despite the devastating discovery."I am so sad that we couldn't bring her back alive, but to be able to bring her back home to her family or to help with that is everything," Bethune told host Ainsley Earhardt. 

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"It is so heartwarming that everything fell in place in order to make that happen."Over the weekend, officials located human remains in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the last known location of Petito. RAINBOW APPEARS WHERE AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED BODY BELIEVED TO BE GABBY PETITO

Bethune said she remembers driving past the van and thought about stopping to introduce herself."The reason why we noticed the van is because we're from Florida and the van had Florida plates and we wanted to stop by and say hi," said Bethune when asked about how they took notice of the white 2012 Ford Transit van.

"But the van was very dark, closed up, looked like no activity so we ended up continuing to drive."VideoBethune said she noticed the van in her blogging footage in recent days after someone tagged her in a story urging her and anyone in the Tetons at the end of August to look through photos and videos for any possible clues in Gabby's disappearance. 

"I got chills all over my body and ran straight back to my laptop, got my GoPro footage, and lo and behold Gabby's van was on there," she explained.Bethune said she spoke to Gabby's mother after turning in her footage to law enforcement.

"It was beautiful, we got to share some moments together on a FaceTime," she said, when asked about how the conversation went. "Just two moms, really just have a great cry."CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGabby's fiance, Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the case, went missing earlier this week in North Port, Florida, and has not yet been found. 

Officials said the remains are consistent with the description of Petito, but have not yet confirmed the identity through DNA testing. An autopsy for the body is scheduled for Tuesday and will likely hold clues to her time and cause of death. Bailee Hill is an associate editor with Fox News Digital.

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Human remains found in Wyoming are 'consistent' with description of Gabby Petito, FBI saysHuman remains discovered in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday are 'consistent with the description of' missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI officials said in a news conference. Now that she’s been found, channel this effort to FINDJELANIDAY Why did the police send him to a hotel but not her? Why did this all happen? justiceforgabby justiceforgabbypetito JusticeMatters GABBYPETITO

Body found in Wyoming believed to be missing woman Gabby PetitoAuthorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito; search continues for her boyfriend, and person of interest, Brian Laundrie. good luck Horrific 😞

Body believed to be Gabby Petito found in WyomingThe remains were found at a campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest, an FBI official said Sunday. This makes me so sad. Just awful It's not the outcome anyone wanted but we all expected it.

FBI: Human remains found in Wyoming likely Gabby PetitoInvestigators on Saturday continued the national search for missing woman Gabby Petito a week after she was first reported missing. The search for her fiancé Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest in the case, has ramped up since police officers went to his Florida home Friday expecting to speak to him and were told by his parents they hadn't heard from him since Tuesday. The internet also solved this mystery for you with this rainbow connect-the-dots: I believe the RAINBOW🌈is Gabby keeping her family know she's st peace and not to worry. Justice 4 Gabriel!!! RIP to this soul. Tragic end to a tragic story.

Human remains believed to be those of Gabby Petito found in WyomingRemains matching the description of Gabby Petito have been located in Wyoming, FBI says; a cause of death had not been determined. She got a unique tattoo , the news reported , was hoping for better outcome That poor family. My heart is breaking for them. 😭💔 Cause of death not been determined ? It’s pretty fking obvious !!!

Human Remains Discovered In Wyoming Believed To Belong To Missing Gabby Petito, FBI SaysI am a Breaking News Reporter at Forbes, with a focus on covering important tech policy and business news. Graduated from Columbia University with an MA in Business and Economics Journalism in 2019. Worked as a journalist in New Delhi, India from 2014 to 2018. Have a news tip? DMs are open on Twitter SiladityaRay or drop me an email at 😔 This world is fucked. Bless her soul, hope whoever did this suffers