FOLLOWERS of missing hiker Gabby Petito fear that her "edited" Instagram posts were allegedly written by her boyfriend after she vanished on a cross-country road trip.

The 22-year-old vlogger was last seen on August 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and reported missing by her family just weeks later.


Gabby and Brian Laundrie started their trip in July after leaving New York and had been documenting their travels on social media and YouTube.

Her Instagram account appears to give a timeline to her location over the past few weeks.

Gabby and her boyfriend had planned a road trip through Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming that would finish in Yellowstone.

Some of the vlogger’s recent Instagram posts from July 22 say that they have been edited, fueling allegations that they may have been tweaked or written by Laundrie.

There is no evidence that the snaps were edited or uploaded by her boyfriend.

A snap uploaded to Gabby's Instagram account, dated July 30, revealed Laundrie’s strange hiking habit.

It said: "Laundrie hikes barefoot everywhere we go! If it were up to him, he wouldn’t own any shoes!

"But I just find it funny how many people comment on the fact that he is barefoot. As soon as we reached the end of this easy walk, I kicked off my @sanuk and this woman who seemed very concerned asked me if the crust was hot. I was in such a different mindset that this question fazed me.

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"Even if it was boiling lava, I was just so happy to be there that I didn’t think about the sun. Surprisingly enough, the rocks here were cold!"

Followers were left puzzled by the lengthy description as Gabby's previous posts consisted of short and snappy captions.

One said: "This does not match all her previous captions at all."

Another user commented: "She did not write this."

While a third posted: "I love how all of a sudden she uses Hella punctuation but before hardly did at all."

Hashtags have also been spotted in the comments section of recent snaps, rather than in the description.

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Gabby previously included several tags underneath her snaps and often included where the picture was taken.

One user said: "The tags are in the comments on this post while the tags in all her other posts are in the description."

Gabby’s final Instagram post shows her holding a knitted pumpkin in front of a colorful background that appears to show butterflies.

And one appeared to show the view of a park from inside her camper van. Both posts did not have location tags.

It remains unknown who uploaded the snaps to her Instagram page.

Police officers have confirmed Laundrie is now a “person of interest” following Gabby’s mysterious disappearance.

North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison added: "As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby's family is going through.

"We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks."

Garrison said: "The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out.

"We will help find Gabby and we will help find anyone who may be involved in her disappearance."

Cops said Laundrie returned to his parents' house in Florida on September 1 – weeks before Gabby's family reported the vlogger missing.

The white camper van they were traveling in has since been seized and investigators are searching the vehicle for fingerprints and clues.

She was last seen on August 24 after leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gabby messaged her mom a day later as they were visiting the Grand Teton national park in Wyoming.

The vlogger’s worried mom Nichole Schmidt has since confirmed that she received a chilling text on August 30.

The message read: “No signal in Yosemite”, MailOnline reports.

Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California – around 800 miles from Grand Teton.

In an interview with the outlet, Schmidt claimed: “That text was NOT from Gabby. I know it.”

It remains unknown who sent that message.

Gabby's dad Joseph says he would do whatever it takes to find her as the investigation continues.

He told WPTV: "Pride isn't an issue right now. My only daughter is missing."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.



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