National attention in addition to tips flooding into authorities regarding the case of 22-year-old Gabby Petito and her fugitive fiance Brian Laundrie, 23, has contributed to the discovery of at least five bodies.
Laundrie disappeared purportedly on Sept. 13 while officials were still searching for signs of his missing fiance who did not come back to Florida with him from a cross country trip on Sept. 1.
Petito’s remains were found on Sept. 19, several days after Laundrie vanished. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled by human means.
A manhunt was launched soon after the law enforcement was alerted about Laundrie’s disappearance. Efforts to find Laundrie have been ongoing for five weeks with no result, public reports have on the other hand helped the police uncover bodies of other missing people.
The latest finding was the body of Sara Bayard, 55, who was reported missing back on July 4. Her body was found on Oct. 16 in Douglas County, according to The Denver Channel. She checked in near Parker in Colorado Springs the same day as Laundrie on July 8.
On Oct. 9, the remains of a homicide victim were unearthed in the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The area had been among the hotspots of Laundrie sightings from the public. Charlotte Observer reported the victim was 33-year-old Josue Calderon of Rhode Island.
Rolling back further to Sept. 28, missing Texas man Robert “Bob” Lowery, 46, was found dead at the base of Teton Pass in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest—the same forest where the body of Petito was located on Sept. 19. As of early October, officials confirmed he died by suicide, People reported.
On August 18, Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were found dead by a friend in the La Sal mountain range in Utah, five days after they were last seen at Woody’s Tavern in Moab on August 13, according to Fox News.
No suspect has been found for their murder. Additionally, Schulte was working at the Moonflower, the same store Petito and Laundrie had gotten into an argument.
In September a spokesman for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News: “We’re looking at everything.
“I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we’re not ruling anything out at this time.
“So we’re just investigating the information as it comes in.”
In addition to helping find the remains of other victims, national press attention to the Petito case, who perished by manual strangulation, has also increased investigations in other cases of missing persons.