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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie had an ‘incident’ in a Wyoming restaurant, manager says

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were spotted at a Wyoming restaurant during their cross-country road trip

Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer near the entrance to Arches National Park.
This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021.
Moab Police Department via Associated Press

A manager of a Wyoming restaurant said she saw a “commotion” between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie back in August, just days before Petito’s last known appearance.

On Aug. 27, the manager of the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, said she saw ”an incident” at the restaurant with the couple. She did not describe what happened during the incident, according to CNN. She said there is no video footage of the incident, either.

“Yes, we can confirm Gabby and Brian were in Merry Piglets … We have already notified the FBI and they are aware. We are letting them do their jobs and we are respecting Gabby’s family and have nothing further to comment,” the restaurant said in an Instagram post.

But two residents, Nina Angelo and her boyfriend, Matt England, said they saw a commotion between Petito and Laundrie at the same restaurant, per CNN.

So what happened at the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant? Angelo told Fox News that Laundrie argued with a waitress at the restaurant. She said Laundrie had “aggressive” body language and might have been arguing about the bill or money. Laundrie left and returned to the restaurant four times, she said.

Hours later, the couple said they spotted Petito and Laundrie’s van at a campsite on the north side of the town.

Petito and Laundrie went on a cross-country road trip earlier this summer, visiting locations across the West, including Utah. The couple reportedly had an incident in Moab, Utah, which caught the attention of police, too.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, without Petito. Ten days later, Petito was reported missing. Just days later on Sept. 17, Laundrie was reported missing by his family, who said he left them days before. His whereabouts are still unknown.

But the search for Petito took a dark turn Sunday when the FBI said it had found human remains outside a national park in Wyoming that were consistent with the description of Petito. On Sunday, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that the remains were Petito and she had died by homicide.

Police are still searching for Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre park, in Sarasota County, Florida.