The shocking disappearance of Gabby Petito, 22, on a trip across the country with her fiance, who has been named as a person of interest on Wednesday, and who has so far refused to cooperate with investigators, looks suspiciously similar to the early stages of other cases of missing women over the years whose relatives have finally been implicated or ultimately accused of their murder.
Brian Laundrie, 23, has not been charged with a felony, but the police in his hometown of North Port, Florida said they are now considering it as a person of interest as a nationwide search guarantees his missing fiancee. The couple were traveling across the country in their Ford Transit van and sharing photos and videos of their trip on social media. Brian Laundrie returned to NorthPort September 1 - ten days before Gabby's mother, who resides in Suffolk County, New York, reported her missing on September 11. Gabby's family had not been able to contact her. since the last week of August.
Research is underway in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, where Gabby was last seen. Utah authorities are also investigating after Moab Police revealed to Fox News that officers responded to an incident involving the couple about two weeks before - but no charges were laid. The couple had also posted pictures of Arches National Park, just north of Moab. The FBI was also analyzing the couple's van seized in Florida.
A lawyer representing Gabby's mother on Wednesday criticized Brian for sitting in the comfort of his home , as he refuses to speak to investigators or provide information about the last time he saw Gabby . As the early stages of the case are underway, we take a look back at how other boyfriends, fiances and husbands fared when their loved ones first disappeared in high-profile cases. which also captivated the nation.
Larry Millet -
This undated photo shows Maya and Larry Millette. (Maricris Drouaillet)
Larry Millette is a person of interest in the disappearance of hiswife, Maya Millette, the couple's mother of three, who went missing from their Chula Vista, Calif., home nine months ago.
Maya's parents, Pablito and Noemi Tabalanza, are reportedly fighting in court with Larry, alleging he has kept their three grandchildren hidden from them since Maya disappeared in January. Larry was not named a Person of Interest until July 22. He received an order banning gun violence and more than a dozen guns were seized from his home on May 7. Several other search warrants were also executed at the house, most recently on July 1, when officers towed Maya's black Jeep.
Family, friends and community members continued their periodic research on Maya. A source previously told Fox News that Larry suspectedMaya about having a boyfriend, and that he often talked about paying $ 20,000 to a hitman to kill his missing wife's alleged lover.
Barry Morphew -
Barry Morphew is charged with the murder of his wife, Suzanne, although his body has still not been found. (Chaffee County Sheriff's Office / With l courtesy of Suzanne Morphew's family)
Barry Morphew is charged with murdering his wife, Suzanne Morphew, whose body has not been found since her disappearance on Mother's Day 2020. Her mountain bike was recovered by investigators, and during preliminary hearings which began last month, prosecutors showed body camera footage of Barry entering the home in the southern Colorado mountains for the first time. since his wife was reported missing by a neighbor.
Chaffee County Deputy Sheriff Andy Rohrich testified that Barry acted oddly and made no attempt to look for Suzanne. Investigators photographed wounds on Barry Morphew's hands and scratches on his left arm that appeared to be caused by the fingernails. An unused .22 caliber cartridge was found next to the couple's bed, and a tranquilizer gun and accessories were also found in the couple's home.
Although text messages showed that Suzanne was accusingOn multiple occasions cheating Barry, investigators determined that it was she who had had an extramarital affair for two years with a man named Jeff Libler, with whom she had attended high school in Indiana. He was cleared by law enforcement and was not in or around Colorado at the time Suzanne went missing.
Chad Daybell -
Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, donefacing murder charges in the deaths of Vallow's two children and their ex-spouses. Recently published emails about the investigation detail the complex investigation. (The Associated Press)
The children of Lori Vallow, a supposed cult mother who espoused strange doomsday beliefs, have been found buried in the court of her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, in Rexburg, Idaho, following a multi-month nationwide search for Joshua "JJ " Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. In a bizarre twist of the case, Chad Daybell is also charged with the murder of his wife, Tammy Daybell, who mysteriously died just days before Chad flew to Hawaii and married Lori. Lori has also been charged with the 2019 murder of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow.
Scott Peterson -
In this archive photo from March 17, 2005 , Scott P eterson is escorted by two San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputies to a waiting pickup truck in Redwood City, Calif. ((AP Photo / Justin Sullivan, File) )
Scott Peterson is serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son Conner. He appeared in court in California on last month as he pushed for a new trial amid allegations of'prior juror misconduct, as the defense argues, given the pre-trial basis, one of the jurors did not
Investigators said Scott Peterson dumped his wife's body from his fishing boat in San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve in 2002. The bodies of Laci Peterson and Conner surfaced in months later in the same area. At the trial, prosecutors pointed to Scott Peterson's affair with massage therapist Amber Frey, who testified that she did not know he was married.
Meanwhile, his step-in-law sister, Janey Peterson, who is married to Scott's older brother, Joe Peterson, and has known Scott Peterson since the age of 13, has repeatedly claimed he was innocent. She has made appearances on public television to promote her theory that burglars have kiKnocked down Laci Peterson while she was walking the dog and trapped Scott.
Chris Watts -
Chris and Shanann Watts with their (Facebook)
On August 13, 2018, Watts strangled his wife Shanann Watts, who was Pregnant with For 15 weeks at their Colorado home, he then took the body and his daughters - Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 - to a job site at the oil company he worked for.reurs said Watts suffocated his daughters after he buried his wife. .
Authorities believe he committed the murders because he was having an affair with a woman named Nichol Kessinger, who told investigators that when she met him , he had told her that he was already separated from Shanann. Watts helps himself, he strangled his wife in their bed after telling her that their marriage was over and she responded by saying that he would never see their children again.
Kessinger ended up going to the police and told them that Watts lied to him about his marital status and probably could have lied to the police about his family's whereabouts. When investigators examined her devices, they found that she had searched on Google: "Do people hate Amber Frey?
Tom Sharkey -
Alexis Lee Sharkey was 26 when she was found dead in Houston. (Stacey Clark Robinault)
Tom Sharkey was married to Alexis Sharkey, a 26-year-old social media influencer, whose naked body was found on the side of a desolate road in the west from Houston by a sanitation worker the weekend following Thanksgiving 2020. An autopsy showed rainingIt was late that she had been strangled to death.
Her husband has never been charged with a felony, and no one has been arrested in connection with Sharkey's murder. Sharkey's mother, Stacey Robinaul, told media that Tom initially appeared cooperative to have Alexis' body transported from Texas to her native Pennsylvania, but then stopped communicating with her. The medical examiner eventually stepped in to change Alexis' next of kin from her husband to her mother, so that the woman could give her daughter a proper funeral.
Tom told the media after his wife's death that they were very much in love.
"She wasn 't happy. She was stressed. I hugged her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman ... she really was ", he said of Alexis, who had over 200,000 social media followers and regularly shared hair care and beauty content. "IThere are always other sides to everything. I held her, hugged her and rebuilt her. "
This story deviated from the story of Alexis 'friend , Tanya Ricardo, who told media the couple were heading to the porce. She claimed that Alexis, decades younger than her 49-year-old husband, told her she wanted out of her marriage .
"I don 't need to set the record straight " said Tom, before stepping away from the media interviews. "I will leave things turn out as they are. I know what my life was like with my wife. "The Houston Police Department and Harris County District Attorney's Office are still investigating.
Mike Ruiz, Audrey Conklin, Paul Best and David Fox News' Aaro contributed to this report.