A Wyoming woman said she picked up Brian Laundrie from Grand Teton National Park after he was reportedly dropped off by another woman five days after his girlfriend Gabby Petito went missing.
Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal resident of Wyoming, picked up Laundrie, 23, on Aug. 29 around 6:15 p.m. at the Jackson Lake Dam near Pacific Creek Landing, she told Fox News.
She came to the park to attend the 5 p.m. mass at the chapel of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, located 2 km from the dam, after admitting that she does not visit the area very often.
“I got it back,” Jalovec told Fox News. “Something just said, ‘Hey, ask him where he’s going. ”
Seasonal Wyoming resident Normal Jean Jalovec reported picking up Brian Laundrie (pictured with his late fiancee Gabby Petito) shortly after another woman and her boyfriend dropped him off at the Jackson Lake Dam on August 29 .
Jalovec picked up Laundrie at around 6:15 p.m. near Pacific Creek Landing a few minutes after Miranda Baker dropped him off at the dam at 6:09 p.m. She drove him to the scattered Spread Creek camping area around 6:30 p.m. and said he tried to get out of his moving vehicle after she offered to drive him to the campsite where his fiancee was staying.
Jalovec said she learned she picked up Laundrie after seeing Miranda Baker’s TikTok and realized it was the same person.
Like Baker, Laundrie asked if she was visiting Jackson and enjoyed the little chat with him. She told him she lived in the opposite direction, but agreed to drop him off at the scattered Spread Creek camping area 20 minutes away.
He told the two women that he had camped alone along the Snake River in the park and that his fiancee was staying in another camping area. He told Baker his fiancee was at the campsite working on their social media page.
Gabby Petito was seen at a restaurant near the park with Laundrie where he allegedly had an argument with a hostess.
Petito, who was last seen alive on August 24, was trying to dispel the situation at the Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The FBI office in Denver released a statement announcing the arrest of Brian Christopher Laundrie
The FBI has issued an arrest warrant (pictured) for Brian Laundrie, 23, after a federal grand jury indicted him for his “use of unauthorized devices” after Gabby Petito’s death. His arrest warrant does not cover Gabby Petito’s death, but activities that took place after his death
“He said he had a fiancee and she was working on their social media page in their van,” Baker said in a TikTok. She also reported that Laundrie offered her $ 200 for the ride.
It is not known if he offered Jalovec money like he did with Baker and her boyfriend.
When Jalovec dropped him off at the gate of the isolated campsite – a single dirt road that stretches for miles through various campsites in the park – she offered to drive inside, but he responded by trying to ” get out of the moving car “.
She reportedly followed up with a joke that he wanted to impress his fiancée by walking around the campsite rather than taking a walk. He apparently insisted that she let him out of her vehicle.
Jalovec’s encounter with Laundrie came just minutes after Miranda Baker and her boyfriend dropped him off at the dam.
In the video posted to TikTok, Baker said she and her boyfriend were at Grand Teton National Park in Colter Bay, Wyoming when Laundrie approached the couple and asked them to drive them at 5:44 p.m.
“He approached us to ask us to move because he had to go to Jackson and we were going to Jackson that night. So I said, you know, ‘get on’ and he jumped in the back of my Jeep, ”Baker explained.
She noted that Laundrie, 23, was wearing “a backpack, long sleeve, pants and hiking boots” and said that before getting in the car he offered to pay the couple $ 200 for take it for a 10 mile trip.
“So that was a little weird,” she said.
In a later video, she added that Laundrie allegedly told her that he and Petito, 22, were not camping at a regulated campsite across the national park. “They were basically camping in the middle of nowhere along Snake River,” she said.
Jalovec said she didn’t realize she picked up Laundrie until she saw Miranda Baker’s (Baker pictured) TikTok
Baker recounted the alleged story Laundrie told him and her boyfriend: “This is key information. He said he had walked for days along Snake River but looking at his bag on the back, it was not full.
“And he said all he had was a tarp to sleep on. And, if you thought you were going to be camping for days, you would want food and a tent and it had none of that.
She added: “He had some scratches but he didn’t look dirty to someone who was camping for several days. He didn’t look dirty, he didn’t smell dirty, so that part was a little weird.
Then when Baker told Laundrie that they were driving all the way to Jackson Hole, he allegedly “panicked” and asked them to stop and said, “No, I have to get out right away.”
Baker said they stopped at the Jackson Dam in Grand Teton National Park, which she said was not very far from where they originally picked up Laundrie.
He reportedly rushed out of the car and told the couple that he would find someone else to hitchhike with.
“We dropped him off at 6:09 p.m. on Aug. 29,” Baker said, adding that she hoped her videos would find someone who could also help resolve the case and find Petito.
Both women said they spoke to the FBI to tell their stories.
“Everything is legitimate. Everything is corroborated. I’ve spoken to the FBI before, ”Jalovec said.
Baker (pictured) said she and her boyfriend picked up Laundrie at 5:44 p.m. in Colton Bay, Wyoming, where he offered the couple $ 200 for the ride The couple dropped him off at the Jackson Lake Dam at 6:09 p.m.
Baker also reported on his TikTok: “I am actively in contact with these people.”
Laundrie would return to North Point, Florida on September 1 with Petito’s van alone.
Today, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for him after he fraudulently used a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his.
The FBI said Laundrie is wanted for “using an unauthorized access device” linked to his activities between August 30 and September 1, after Petito’s death, and that he used the card to obtain items totaling $ 1,000 or more.
The statement was released today by the Denver bureau of the bureau, stating: “While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate on the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide.
“We urge those with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this case or his current location to contact the FBI.”
Authorities continue to search for Laundrie, 23, who was last seen by her parents and lawyer last week.
Steve Bertolino, Laundrie’s attorney, released a statement Thursday evening after the release of the FBI arrest warrant for his fugitive client, stressing that the warrant was not for Petito’s death but for related activities that have occurred after his disappearance.
“My understanding is that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie relates to activities that took place after Gabby Petito’s death and not his actual disappearance,” Bertolino told Dailymail.com.