Gabby Petito online sleuths spot clue that convinces them she had been crying in photo with Brian Laundrie

INSTAGRAM sleuths have spotted a potential "sign" that Gabby Petito had been crying while still posting photos before she disappeared.

It comes after police footage emerged of the"van life" blogger crying after an altercation with boyfriend Brian Laundrie which caused them to hit a curb and prompted police to flag them down.

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The two high school sweethearts documented their nomadic "van life" through national parks in the American West on Instagram and YouTube.

And the couple had been travelling since July before Mr Laundrie returned home to Florida alone with their white van on September 1. He did not contact police or the Petito family on his return.

Ms Petito's family reported her missing 10 days later and on September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced a body was found in the area where the search for Petito had been underway.

Several weeks earlier, police in the Utah town of Moab were called to a possible domestic violence incident.

Bodycam footage showed Ms Petito crying and complaining about her mental health, being told to spend a night apart. A police report later said Mr Laundrie claimed Ms Petito had struck him during an argument.

No charges were filed, with officers recommending that the couple spend the night apart. What happened next is unclear.

Mr Laundrie, currently the only person of interest in this case, remains missing and not cooperating with police.

His family reported his disappearance this past weekend, saying he had left for a hike on 14 September and never came back.

Police and FBI are on the seventh day of their search for Mr Laundrie. Teams are scouring the Carlton Reserve, a 24,000-acre county park in Florida's Sarasota County with police dogs, drones, and all-terrain vehicles.

And a lawyer has claimed that the FBI may know where he is, but they are not ready to bring him into custody just yet.

In a photo dated July 22, online sleuths anxious to know the truth of the couple's fate, say they can already sense that something was wrong between the seemingly happy travellers.

The selfie shows Gabby with no make up and Brian with sunglasses and a cap with a scenic rocky backdrop in Bryce Canyon National Park.

They claim that Gabby's eyes look puffy from crying, which seems plausible considering she was found crying by police in August.

One Instragram user commented: "Her eyes look puffy here like she was crying the night before."

Another agreed: "I noticed that on her YouTube video. If you run out ahead to five minutes it looks like her right eye is swollen, like how puffy your eyes get when you’ve been crying."

Another added: "The 2nd picture in this group is strange. What's he trying to cover up under those shades? And she does not look happy.

"Where's her beautiful smile as seen in almost every other picture? She looks like she's being forced into the picture, against him. I'm really praying for your safe return, Sweet Girl! I hope it's all just some big misunderstanding!"

Another speculated: "This caption was edited, and sounds more like something he wrote again. is he going back to old posts and changing them to match with the new ones??"

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