Gabby Petito Sleuth Forum Tears Itself Apart Over Cringeworthy ‘Awards’ squib

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The mysterious disappearance and death of “van-lifer” Gabby Petito has garnered an outsized amount of media attention, which has itself generated its own intense debate.

Petito, 22, was strangled to death while road tripping across the U.S. with her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie. After returning to Florida on Sept. 1 without Petito, Laundrie himself went missing shortly after being named a person of interest in the case. He has thus far not been charged with Petito’s murder, but is facing a fraud charge for allegedly using her debit card following her death.

Last month, the Teton County Search and Rescue squad credited “widespread news coverage of the Gabby Petito search” for leading to “at least two members of the public calling local authorities...with new information” about missing Texas man Robert “Bob” Lowery, whose body was found during the search for Petito in western Wyoming.

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