Stephanie PettyAge 19 (born 26 Sep 2003)
25 Apr 2023
Thermopolis, Wyoming (USA)
Stephanie died by suicide.
THERMOPOLIS, Wyo.– The Ring camera video footage is the last trace [her mother] has of her 19-year-old daughter Stephanie.
Sitting in a lawn chair on the porch outside her garden-level apartment in downtown Thermopolis in late July, Petty smiled wanly as she watched the one-minute video on her phone.
In the video, Stephanie paces in and out of the frame with her head down. Her shoulder-length, dark hair is damp and covers half of her face. She walks back and forth, puffing on a cigarette. Her crisp white button-down shirt and matching miniskirt would later take on significance.
At the end of the video, Stephanie stops suddenly and stares into the camera. She then smiles and leans her head again the pole, laughing.
“I wish I knew what was she was thinking,” Petty said, tears pooling in her eyes.
Less than 12 hours later, Stephanie would be dead. She took her own life with a firearm on April 25 in nearly the same spot she was last filmed. Petty found her daughter in the backyard when she came home for her 3 a.m. break from the senior resident facility where she works as a certified nursing assistant.