Travel blogger Jenn Bethune, who identified Gabby Petito’s van in video footage from a summer trip to Wyoming, on Tuesday reacted to news of the FBI confirming remains discovered Sunday belonged to the 22-year-old.
The agency on Tuesday said Teton County coroner Brent Blue had identified remains located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sunday as Gabby Petito’s and that she had died of homicide.
“I’m tired. I’m worn out. I am exhausted. I am drained emotionally and physically,” Bethune said in a Tuesday Instagram post. “My brain is mush. My phone has been attached to the charger so much, I feel reminiscent of the corded phones I grew up with. I think I’ve consumed like 30 calories in the last 36 hours. Coffee counts, right?”
She added that her emotions have felt like a “flipping carnival ride” that keeps spinning.
“But every bit of it was worth it,” she said of the aftermath that followed her decision to publish footage of Petito’s van, which she located around the same vast campground area the 22-year-old’s remains were discovered. “It was worth it because this community came together and brought Gabby home.”
Bethune went on to say that Petito has “brought so many people together, so many hearts, beating as one.”
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“She is a beacon of light and hope. And we can never fully repay her for what she’s done for us,” the travel blogger said before encouraging her followers to get Petito to 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik, to make her dreams of becoming a travel blogger come true.
Petito and her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, were traveling from New York to Oregon in a white 2012 Ford Transit van that they converted into a camper. Petito had aspirations of becoming a travel blogger and had s… (Read more)