KEY POINTS

  • She picked him up near a dam on the way to Pacific Creek Landing
  • Laundrie told her he was hiking near Snake River 
  • An arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie on Thursday in connection with a bank fraud

As the manhunt for YouTuber Gabby Petito's boyfriend Brian Laundrie continues, one more woman has come forward claiming she had given the hitchhiker a ride in Wyoming.

Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal Wyoming resident from Florida, told Fox News that she picked up Laundrie on Aug. 29, two days after Petito was last seen. The woman then dropped him off around 6.30 or 6.40 MST (8.30 p.m. ET) at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area, where Petito's remains were discovered weeks later. Laundrie is the prime suspect in the death of the 22-year-old.

Last week, a TikToker, identified as Miranda Baker, claimed that she and her boyfriend picked up Laundrie after spotting him hitchhiking on the side of a road in Wyoming on Aug. 29.

Both women have informed authorities about their encounters.

Jalovec said she was going to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart church in Grand Teton National Park on that day. She picked up Laundrie near a dam on the way to Pacific Creek Landing.

"I picked him up… Something just said, 'Hey, ask him where he's going,'" she said.

Laundrie, who was sitting on the passenger seat of Jalovec's 4Runner, asked her if she was going to Jackson. Jalovec told him she was not because she lived in the opposite direction. He then asked her to drop him off at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area.  

The man reportedly told her that he was hiking near Snake River and had seen elk and moose but no bison. He spoke about his fiancée and also offered to pay for the gas. 

On the ride to Spread Creek, Jalovec said she took a sharp right turn and a Bible on her dashboard fell on Laundrie's lap. He picked up the book and put it back on the dashboard. 

Laundrie asked Jalovec to drop him off at the gate of the remote campground. When Jalovec said she could drive him inside, he tried to "get out of the moving car." 

Jalovec said she tried to joke with Laundrie about wanting to impress his fiancée by hiking into the campground rather than hitching a ride, but he insisted he should be let out of the vehicle.

Laundrie and Petito left their home in North Port, Florida, in June for a cross-country road trip. Laundrie reportedly returned home on Sept. 1 without his fiancée. He was then reported missing by his parents on Sept. 17. Petito's body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday.

An arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie on Thursday in connection with a bank fraud carried out between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. 

This August 12, 2021, still image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie This August 12, 2021, still image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie Photo: Moab City Police Department / Handout