GABBY Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie allegedly offered $200 to a TikToker to give him a ride as he hiked alone, the user has claimed.
Miranda Baker, a Wisconsin-based TikTok user, has alleged that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park in Colter Bay, Wyoming.
Miranda Baker, a Wisconsin-based TikTok user, has claimed that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie for a rideCredit: TikTok/Miranda Baker
Miranda Baker claims her and her boyfriend dropped off Brian Laundrie at the Jackson Lake DamCredit: TikTok/Miranda Baker
Laundrie reportedly returned back home to Florida on September 1, without Petito — who was last seen on August 24 in Salt Lake City, UtahCredit: bizarre_design_ / Instagram
Laundrie said he was hiking alone when he asked Baker and her boyfriend for a ride in their jeep at 5.30pm on August 29, Baker claims.
The Tiktoker published four videos on Friday explaining what happened and noting that the hitchhiker offered $200 for the ride, which would have only been approximately 10 miles, something which struck Baker as “kind of weird.”
The Sun reached out to law enforcement and Baker to obtain further details but has not yet received a response.
However, North Port Police Department spokesperson Joshua Taylor confirmed to The Independent that they had talked with Baker.
“We have talked to her. That is all I can confirm,” the Florida police department said in an email.
In the first of Baker’s TikTok videos regarding Laundrie, she tells viewers: “Hi, my name is Miranda… and on August 29th, my boyfriend and I picked up Brian at Grand Teton National Park at 5.30pm at night at Colter Bay.”
“I’m hoping this can help someone identify him because I saw him from TikTok,” Baker continued in the video, which has since obtained more than 2.2million views.
“Which then made me call the authorities — and my boyfriend and I have been in contact with a bunch of different people to help piece together different parts of this case.”
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Backer recounted Laundrie saying he “needed to go to Jackson,” which is where she and her boyfriend were headed.
She continued: “So I said, ‘You know, hop in,’ and he hopped in the back of my Jeep, we then proceeded to make small talk.
“But before he came in the car he offered to pay us like $200, to give him a ride, like 10 miles. So that was kind of weird.”
It was then Baker claimed Laundrie revealed he had been camping without his fiance as she was “working on their social media page back at their van.”
Baker and her boyfriend ended up dropping Laundrie off at the Jackson Dam after he “freaked out” when they said mentioned the name of the area they were driving to.
“Nope, I need to get out right now, pull over,” Baker recalled Laundrie saying after they mentioned they were going to Jackson Hole.
The couple allegedly dropped Laundrie home at 6.09pm on August 29, just 39 minutes after they picked him up.
Baker also noted that Laundrie “didn’t look dirty,” adding: “For someone who was camping multiple days, like, he didn’t look dirty, he didn’t smell dirty. So that part was kind of weird.”
Lastly, Baker insisted in another video: “I just want to reiterate again. Everything I am telling you guys, I have already told the FBI. I’ve told the detectives.
“I am actively in contact with these people who are on the case. So everything I have told you, they do know.”
Baker and her boyfriend claimed they didn’t see Laundrie with a phone during their brief encounter with him.
On Friday, September 18, Laundrie was reported as missing, his attorney said.
His attorney said in a statement to reporters, according to ABC7: “Be advised, the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown.
“The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now trying to locate him and Petito, Laundrie’s attorney concluded on Friday night.
Nearly a week into the search for Petito, officers with the North Port Police Department entered Laundrie’s Florida home — after Laundrie’s family requested police to come speak with them after claiming to have not seen Brian for days.
North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told the New York Post: “His family has reported that they have not seen Brian as of Tuesday.”
Petito was last seen on August 24 in Salt Lake City, UtahCredit: Fox News
On Friday, September 18, Laundrie was reported missing, his attorney saidCredit: Instagram @gabspetito
Petito and Laundrie had been traveling in this white van together before disappearingCredit: Fox News
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