Brian Laundrie was ‘crazy about the world’ a day before Gabby Petito was last seen, says road tripper
A traveler has told of what he says is a disturbing encounter with Brian Laundrie the day before his girlfriend Gabby Petito was last seen alive.
Hunter Mannies, 44, of Louisiana, has said he saw Laundrie on Aug. 26 at Bullwinkle’s Saloon in West Yellowstone, Montana, wearing a hoodie and having a drink alone.
But he claims Laudrie radiated an “uncomfortable vibe” during the time he sat in the bar before insulting Southerners and Republican voters.
“He was just mad at the world it seemed. I didn’t pay attention to him, except he and this other couple were the only ones in there,” Mannies said The New York Post.
Hunter Mannies, 44, believes he met Brian Laundrie, 23, in a bar the day before Gabby Petito, 22, went missing
Laundromat sat alone at Bullwinkle’s Saloon in West Yellowstone Aug 26
Towards the end of the evening, Mannies, along with a doctor friend, began chatting with the other couple who were also doctors with her partner.
“The convo got into hunting and guns and politics,” Mannies explained, when Laundrie suddenly got involved without being invited to join.
“The man just looked angry, and when there was a pause in the conversation, he said, ‘Stupid Southerners and damn Republicans.’
The other couple responded quickly, “Stupid Southerners? She and I both have “Dr.” for our names. Will you?’ they said.
‘I laughed a little and said, ‘Well, where are you from?’ and he said, “New York,” Mannies explained. “And I said, ‘Okay, New York,’ and he said, ‘I have a name, it’s Brian.’
Gabby Petitio’s body was found Sunday at the Spread Creek campground in Wyoming, and her death was deemed murder the next day. She is pictured during a police check in August
Laundromat was last seen more than a week ago and his whereabouts are unknown. He is pictured during a police check last month
“I said, ‘Let me ask you this, New York. What did you expect to find in a small mountain town in the middle of nowhere Montana? Did you expect to find a bunch of Democrats?”
The conversation seemed to end there with Mannies returning to his conversation with the other couple, but he claims Laundrie exuded a “weird vibe” with his friend even claiming he “had that serial killer look.”
“He was overly involved in our conversation. We felt watched,” Mannies told the Post. “He didn’t talk to the bartenders. He was there alone. It just struck me as odd.’
No further thought was given to the meeting until Petito’s disappearance was in the news.
Mannies’ friend called to tell him how she recognized Petito’s friend: “She said that’s the crazy guy from the bar.” said Mannie.
Brian Laundrie, 23, who was reported missing last week, remains a stakeholder in the disappearance and death of fiancé Gabby Petito
Mannies later told the FBI about the encounter and spoke with an agent for about 45 minutes.
“How many people named Brian from New York who look exactly like him are standing at the bar in the middle of nowhere?” he said.
Meanwhile, it was revealed Monday that Moab police chief Bret Edge has filed for leave amid a protest over his department’s handling of a call that saw them come face to face with Laundrie and Petito on Aug. 12.
Utah Police Department launched an independent investigation after officers separated the couple for the night but failed to arrest Laundrie after detaining them.
They were said to have been told by a dispatcher that an eyewitness who called 911 saw Laundrie hit Petito. Utah law requires officers to arrest or cite people they have probable reasons to believe have committed an act of domestic violence.
Moab Police Chief Bret Edge, pictured, has said goodbye after his department came under scrutiny over its handling of a meeting with Laundrie and Petito
Edge has filed for leave under the state’s Family Medical Leave Act, and it’s unclear if his departure is related to the Laundrie and Petito scandal.
No information has been given as to how long he will be out of work and who will replace him.
Petito was last seen alive a day later at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 120 miles away.
Her remains were discovered last week in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
An autopsy has ruled her death a homicide.
Laundromat returned to the couple’s Florida home without Petito.
He has since disappeared and refused to cooperate with the police about her disappearance.
The pair had been traveling together since July 2, when they left New York, on a cross-country trip. Petito was reported missing on September 11.
Timeline of missing case Gabby Petito
- July 1st: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country road trip
- August 12: Police in Moab, Utah Respond to a Domestic Incident Involving the Couple
- August 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah
- August 24: Petito was last seen in a Salt Lake City hotel with Laundrie
- August 25: Petito last calls her mom, Nicole Schmidt, and says she was in Grand Teton National Park
- August 25 or 26: The couple chats with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes
- August 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune, of Red White & Bethune, at around 6:30 PM at the Spread Creek Campground
- August 29: The day Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie in Grand Teton National Park and asked for a ride at 5:30 p.m.; Schmidt says she does not accept this claim and believes it may be factual
- August 30: Schmidt receives last text from Petito: ‘No service in Yosemite’
- 1st of September: Laundromat returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito
- September 11: Schmidt reports Petito missing to New York authorities; Petito and Laundrie’s van was seized by police in Florida that same day
- September 12th: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito
- Sept 14: Laundromat issues a statement through his lawyer about Petito’s disappearance; Also on this day Laundrie would have left his parents’ house for a walk
- Sep 15: Laundromat has been officially named as a stakeholder in Petito’s case
- September the 17th: Laundrie’s family lawyer confirms that his whereabouts are unknown
- September 18th: North Port Police and FBI begin to search Sarasota County Carlton Reservation for missing Brian Laundrie
- Sep 19: Bethune realizes she has a video of Petito’s van around noon and 10 minutes later submits to the FBI with the footage; Officials announce body found near Grand Teton National Park matching Petito’s description in the afternoon
- September 21: Coroner confirms that remains found in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is considered murder, but her cause of death is still under investigation
- Sept 20 – 22: FBI and North Port Police Continue to Search for Laundromat in Carton Reserve
- Sept 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laudries packing their detached camper on the day Gabby was reported missing. Photos from DailyMail.com show the RV was back in the driveway two days later, on September 13