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HUNTER: Why Gabby Petito's disappearance got so much publicity
Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Sep 23, 2021 • 10 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
Gabby Petito is pictured in a photo provided by the FBI
Gabby Petito is pictured in a photo provided by the FBI PHOTO BY HANDOUT /FBI
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“Was the victim at any time a blond?”— New York tabloid reporter at morning NYPD press briefing, 1990’s.

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Gabby Petito became the most famous missing woman in America overnight.


The pretty, flaxen-haired Long Island woman was young, bubbly and had a heavy social media presence. She was also white.

Chances are you have never heard of Pepita Redhair. The Navajo woman vanished mysteriously in March 2020 from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aside from some local coverage there has not been a media feeding frenzy.

Why the difference?


Some critics are calling it the “Missing White Woman Syndrome” as if the amount of melanin in their skin makes a difference. It is, however, a legitimate question: Why the ink and airtime for Gabby but not someone like Pepita?

One of the main reasons isn’t the colour of her skin but geography. Gabby was a New Yorker, which meant the New York tabloids were going to cover her disappearance and these raucous newspapers have an out-sized influence on the American conversation. Plus, she lived in Florida, another major media market.

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Still, the search for Gabby ended in tears in a lonely national park in Wyoming on Sunday. Her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, who cops call a person of interest in her disappearance and murder, has also vanished.

Pepita Redhair. CNN is nowhere to be found in disappearance of New Mexico woman.
Pepita Redhair. CNN is nowhere to be found in disappearance of New Mexico woman. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /TWITTER
According to a government report, in Wyoming, where Petito’s body was found, just 18% of Indigenous female homicide victims get newspaper coverage, compared with 51% for white female and male victims.

Missing and murdered Black, Hispanic and Indigenous women don’t get the kind of coverage that Gabby Petito has had. And that rubs many the wrong way — as it should. Their lives are not worth less than a toothy Tennessee cheerleader who disappears.

In this country, we’ve had our own agonies with this and spent hundreds of millions of bucks on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry. Nothing concrete has emerged from this horrific crisis other than feel-good lip service to assuage guilty white people in the Annex.

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Last April, I wrote about a parallel inquiry in the United States that not only tries to do better but vowed to bring justice to these women and girls.

Gabby Petito, right, and beau Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito, right, and beau Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
The first Native American Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, announced the formation of the Missing and Murdered Unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. It will not be compromised of bureaucrats (see Canada).

Instead, top homicide detectives from around the country, tribal police, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals will aim to solve these horrendous crimes.

University of Western Ontario criminologist and cold-case expert Michael Arntfield told me in April it was unfortunate so little has been done in the way of investigations in Canada

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“We should explore the same approach, ask the same questions and maybe solve some cold cases of these women and girls, ” Arntfield said.

“In the U.S., they aren’t just indulging in politics and going through the motions of solving these terrible crimes. They actually mean business.”

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The term “Missing White Women Syndrome” shares the casual cruelty of so many of the bonfires ignited by the left. That smirking righteousness when you interchange the words Indigenous, Jewish, Latin or Black with white, well, you sound awfully racist.

But real life isn’t a hashtag as the relatively sane amongst us know.

Pepita Madalyn Redhair is 29 and vanished on March 29, 2020.

She is 5-foot-1, 141 pounds, with brown hair. She has a dinosaur tattoo on her right forearm, a koi fish on her left forearm and several other unspecified inkings.

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Was Gabby Petito boyfriend's hike a 'ruse' to help him escape?
John Walsh questions what proof there is that the young Florida man was actually at his parents' home

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Sep 23, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 2 minute read • 13 Comments
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
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The boyfriend of murdered YouTuber Gabby Petito has done a vanishing act and now detectives fear he may have left the country.

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For most of the past week, FBI agents and local police have scoured a Florida nature reserve for any sign of Brian Laundrie, 23.


One expert said Laundrie could be “almost anywhere.”

His parents are now under the microscope after they finally told cops last Friday that their son had gone for hike on Sept. 14 and hadn’t returned. That gave him a three-day head start if he planned on running.

The latest developments come as Gabby’s stepfather, James Schmidt, made a small memorial at the site where the 22-year-old’s remains were found.

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Schmidt left a stone cross and flowers at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, according to The Independent.

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“We did go – the small cross with flowers was made by Jim and myself,” friend Gary Rider told the newspaper. “That larger cross was not done by anyone connected with the search or recovery of Gabby.”

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Meanwhile, an expert believes Laundrie may have used his parents as patsies in his escape plan.

“People that are trying not to get caught for something sometimes use people, right?” Chris Boyer told Insider. “So he may have told his parents that’s where he’s going. They may be telling the authorities that in all honesty, but he lied to them.”

Cops have named Laundrie as a person interest in Petito’s death.

The pair were traversing the country in a van and were posting their adventures on YouTube.

“There’s any number of ways that he could have hitchhiked or somehow found a collaborator to give him a ride somewhere,” Boyer said. “He may not even be in Florida. He’s had eight days to be on the run right now. He could be almost anywhere.”

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Police tape is seen outside the family home of Brian Laundrie, 23, in North Port, Fla., Sept. 22, 2021.
Police tape is seen outside the family home of Brian Laundrie, 23, in North Port, Fla., Sept. 22, 2021. PHOTO BY SHANNON STAPLETON
When Laundrie returned home alone, he immediately lawyered up and refused to cooperate with detectives.

Former America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh told CNN he thinks claims Laundrie hunkered down at home were a “ruse” and a “red herring.” He questions what proof there is that the young Florida man was actually there.

“Has anybody seen any confirmation that he was in that house?” Walsh said. “All this time, the FBI and the North Port police have been going on the word of Laundrie’s parents and their lawyer that he’s in the house.”


The time gap is a “great amount of time to prepare for an escape” and to have “scrubbed the van,” Walsh said. “My philosophy is, he never went to the swamp … His parents and the lawyer … bought him four days to get out in front of this.”

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Gabby Petito's boyfriend charged with using her bank card; arrest warrant issued
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Sep 23, 2021 • 5 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
Gabby Petito, right, and beau Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito, right, and beau Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
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Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, whom police have sought for six days in connection with the 22-year-old travel blogger’s death during their cross-country road trip, was charged on Thursday with fraudulently using her bank debit card.

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A search warrant was issued for Brian Laundrie, 23, after a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Wyoming indicted him on a single count of unlawfully using the card and Petito’s personal identification number. He was not charged in her death.


“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement.

“We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s involvement in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI,” Schneider said.

The indictment accuses Laundrie of spending $1,000 or more on the card between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. Petito was last seen alive on Aug. 24. Investigators appear to believe she was killed sometime from Aug. 27-30.

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Americans have followed the case closely in the media since Petito was reported missing by her mother, Nicole Schmidt, on Sept. 11. Ten days earlier Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, without her from the road trip.

Petito’s body was discovered on Sunday near the remote Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. Coroner’s investigators have ruled her death a homicide, but have not revealed the cause of death.

Police and FBI agents using divers, tracking dogs and helicopters have been searching for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve wilderness area near North Port since Friday, when his parents told them that he had gone there to hike three days earlier.

Search teams ended a sixth day of searching the alligator-infested wilderness as darkness fell on Thursday, saying they would resume the search on Friday.

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SUSPICIOUS TEXT MESSAGES

The FBI on Thursday asked for information from members of the public who may have had contact with Laundrie or Petito at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground from Aug. 27-30.

Petito’s remains were found less than 1,000 feet (300 m) from where, on the evening of Aug. 27, another pair of travel bloggers caught video images of the couple’s 2012 white Ford Transit van parked along a dirt road.

Petito, who was documenting the couple’s “van life” road trip on social media, posted her final photo to Instagram on Aug. 25, the same day that she last spoke to her mother by phone.

The family believes the couple was headed to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming at the time.

Schmidt received text messages from Petito’s phone on Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, but suspects that someone other than her daughter sent them, according to investigators.

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In one text Petito’s grandfather is referred to by his first name, which Schmidt says was out of character for her daughter. The second message said only “No service in Yosemite,” the national park in California that Petito and Laundrie are not believed to have visited during their trip.

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Petito and Laundrie, who met at a Long Island, New York, high school, left New York in early July heading west, and posted on social media as they traveled through Kansas, Colorado and Utah.

On Aug. 12, a 911 caller reported that Laundrie was slapping and hitting Petito in front of the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, Utah.

Moab police stopped the van on a highway near Arches National Park. Body camera footage showed Petito crying as she described an argument that escalated into her slapping Laundrie as he drove. The officers did not detain the couple but told them to spend the night apart.