Final text sent from Gabby Petito was a fake, her mother believes
The mother of Gabby Petito believes the final text message she received from her daughter claiming she was in Yosemite was a fake.
Nichole Schmidt said she received a text message from her daughter on August 30 which said: “No service in Yosemite”.
Ms Petito’s last confirmed location was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 25, 800 miles from California’s Sierra Nevada mountains where Yosemite is located.
Ms Schmidt told the Daily Mail she was certain the text was faked and suspected her daughter’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie may have sent it to deceive the family.
She wouldn’t reveal the contents of other messages she received from her daughter, but said it didn’t seem like something Ms Petito would say.
“That text was NOT from Gabby I know it!” she told the Mail.
Mr Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the case after returning to his Florida home without Ms Petito on September 1.
It would be another 10 days until the alarm was raised that she was missing, after Ms Schmidt’s text messages to Mr Laundrie and his mother Roberta went ignored.
Ms Schmidt last spoke to her daughter on about August 24. The couple were planning to head to Yellowstone National Park.
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