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Cryptic latest text messages sent from Gabby Petito’s phone to her mother as police search her hard drive

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Forensic experts searched Gabby Petito’s hard drive for crucial clues after police in North Port, Florida, received a court order to search the device.

The computer was with Brian Laundrie, 23, when he returned to Florida without Petito, 22.

The couple, who went to high school together in New York, had been dating for several years – engaged, then canceled and returned to boyfriend and girlfriend.

Petito’s body was found Sunday in Wyoming and Laundrie – who returned to his parents’ Florida home on Sept. 1 – has disappeared and is reported missing.

Gabby Petito, 22, is pictured with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, in a YouTube video created to document their ‘van life’ road trip. Petito’s body was found on Sunday and the laundromat has disappeared

Laundry and Petito set out on their dream road trip from New York on July 2nd

Laundry and Petito set out on their dream road trip from New York on July 2nd

Laundrie and Petito can be seen in a photo from July 29.  The couple met in high school on Long Island, New York, and started dating several years ago.

Laundrie and Petito can be seen in a photo from July 29. The couple met in high school on Long Island, New York, and started dating several years ago.

Nicole Schmidt and her husband James are pictured at a press conference on Sept. 14, asking for information on Petito's whereabouts

Nicole Schmidt and her husband James are pictured at a press conference on Sept. 14, asking for information on Petito’s whereabouts

A map shows Petito and Laundrie's last known moves during their cross-country journey that began on July 2

A map shows Petito and Laundrie’s last known moves during their cross-country journey that began on July 2

Part of the request for permission to access the hard drive reveals a cryptic final text message Petito sent to her mother, Nichole Schmidt — a message that set alarm bells ringing when it was received.

The message was sent after an Aug. 12 meeting with police in Moab, Utah, who were called by a bystander concerned about the couple’s behavior and possible domestic violence.

Petito’s cellphone was off for about 15 days at the time.

It was last enabled around August 31 or September 1.

Petito had not been seen since August 27.

The arrest warrant reads: “On August 27, 2021, the subject’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, received a ‘strange text’ from the subject.

The text message read, ‘Can you help Stan, I keep getting his voicemails and missed calls’.

‘The reference to ‘Stan’ was referring to Gabby’s grandfather. But according to her mother, Gabby never calls him “Stan.”

“The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter.”

Petito and Laundrie on one of their photos from Instagram, to promote their blog about the trip

Petito and Laundrie on one of their photos from Instagram, to promote their blog about the trip

It added that this was the “last communication anyone has with the subject.” Her cell phone stopped working and she stopped posting on social media about their trip. According to her family, this was not normal behavior for the subject and they were more concerned about her.”

But Petito’s mother acknowledged that on August 30, she received another text message from her phone saying, “No service in Yosemite.”

She was convinced that her daughter had not sent that last message and that she believes Petito’s friend sent the message from her phone, possibly to mislead her family and investigators about her whereabouts.

Petito’s computer was in her white Ford Transit van that was taken by the police very late on September 11, about ten days after Laundrie had already returned to Florida without her.

A tearful Petito is seen in the back of a Utah police car 13 days before she was last seen.  Laundrie admits 'pushing' her during altercation and police determine Petito was 'the primary aggressor'

A tearful Petito is seen in the back of a Utah police car 13 days before she was last seen. Laundrie admits ‘pushing’ her during altercation and police determine Petito was ‘the primary aggressor’

Laundromat is seen with scratches on his face which he tells officer was caused when Petito 'tried to get the keys from me' and 'beat me with her phone'

Laundromat is seen with scratches on his face which he tells officer was caused when Petito ‘tried to get the keys from me’ and ‘beat me with her phone’

On September 20, FBI agents are seen at Brian Laundrie's childhood home

On September 20, FBI agents are seen at Brian Laundrie’s childhood home

On September 20, an FBI agent is pictured at Laundrie's parents' home in North Port

On September 20, an FBI agent is pictured at Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port

The vehicle was taken by North Port Police about five hours after Schmidt – who lives on Long Island, New York – reported her daughter missing.

A search warrant was issued on September 14.

The computer warrant request explains that Petito and Laundrie “departed New York State sometime in mid-June 2021 for a vacation in Utah, traveling through several national parks. While traveling, they documented some of the events on a YouTube video, “VAN LIFE: Beginning Our Van Life Journey.”

It added: “During the journey, the subject sent several text messages and had many conversations with her mother Nichole Schmidt … during these conversations there appeared to be an increasing tension between her and Laundrie.”

The document says the hard drive is a black Western Digital serial number WXG2E1138AM9 and is in the property/evidence safe and North Port Police Department.

The warrant authorized the police to “discover all external storage devices, commercial software and hardware, computer disks, disk drives, tape drives, disk application programs, data disks, system disk operating systems, electronic mail, system storage devices, tape systems and hard disk drives and other computer-related operating equipment, in addition to computer pictures, graphic interchange formats and/or photographs or other visual images.’

Laundromat and Petito hoped to document their adventures on their blog as they crisscrossed the US

Laundromat and Petito hoped to document their adventures on their blog as they crisscrossed the US

In addition, WFLA reported that the warrant gives police access to a wide variety of content that may be found on the hard drive, as well as digital documents, notes, passwords, encryption or data security devices that could prevent them from accessing the content.

Part of it reads that “Detective/Officer Daniel Aliz #398, a duly sworn law enforcement officer from the North Port Police Department. Florida have been violated.

“The Missing/Threatened Person(s) Laws Controlled by Florida State Statute 937,021 regarding w/v Gabrielle Venora Petito (DOB 03/19/1999).

“That the officer has reason to believe that evidence related to the investigation is currently contained in the computer(s) external storage device(s) described below.”

The white van, which belonged to Petito and not Laundrie, was followed by a license plate reader at the Sumpter Boulevard exit of Interstate 75.

The van headed toward North Port at approximately 10:26 a.m. on Sept. 1, the application reveals.

The warrant, issued by the office of the Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court, was executed on Thursday, Sept. 16 — two days after Laundrie disappeared from his parents’ home, saying he was on his way to the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve. , a swampy sanctuary teeming with alligators.

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