Crime Is Gabby Petito's Disappearance Related to Married Couple's Murder? Utah Police Are 'Not Ruling Anything Out'
Timeline of the Gabby Petito case
Local and federal authorities are looking for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family over the weekend after she had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account Laundrie returned to the pair's North Port, Florida, home earlier this month without Petito and is now refusing to talk to authorities, police say. Petito's family and their attorneys have pleaded with Laundrie and his family to cooperate and help bring the girl home.
Authorities in Utah are looking into a potential link between the disappearance of 22-year-old Long Island, N.Y., nativeand the gruesome murders of newlywed couple , whose bodies were recovered from a hiking trail near camping grounds located in the La Sal Mountains.
spoke to a representative for the Grand County Sheriff's Office, who said all investigative avenues available to them are being explored.
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"We're looking at everything, I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we're not ruling anything out at this time," the unnamed spokesman said. "So, we're just investigating the information as it comes in."
Turner, 38, and Schulte, 24, were last seen on Aug. 13 at Woody's Tavern on Main Street in Moab. The women were found partially clothed five days later, and each had died from multiple gunshot wounds.
According to police, Petito and her fiancé, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, were in Moab on Aug. 12. That morning,after the two started arguing outside a food cooperative called Moonflower — where Schulte had worked.
Gabby Petito fiancé Brian Laundrie 'is not missing, he is hiding,' attorney for her family says
The search for the now-missing fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito is focused on a Florida nature reserve, where 50 officers from five local agencies and FBI agents are scouring the area, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account During a Saturday news conference, Taylor said Laundrie has an "enormous amount of pressure" on him to provide answers following Petito's own disappearance.Brian Laundrie's family told police Friday night they have not seen the 23-year-old since Tuesday.
Late Wednesday, police released body camera footage from their interviews that day with both Petito and Laundrie. No charges were filed, even though Laundrie told officers Petito had struck him in the face during their fight.
Later, in paperwork, police would categorize the incident as a "mental health crisis."
Schulte and Turner had been living in their van, moving from campsite to campsite, but primarily stayed in the Moab area. The couple — married just four months — went on a camping trip on Aug. 13. Not long into the trip, they told friends they were having issues with a "creepy" man and planned to move to different campgrounds.
Soon after that, family members stopped hearing from them entirely.
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest the two cases are related, the Grand County Sheriff's Office spokesperson told Fox News.
Search for Gabby Petito boyfriend continues after body found
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities said a body discovered in northern Wyoming was believed to be that of a 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a cross-country trek with a boyfriend now the subject of an intense search in a Florida nature preserve. The FBI said the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park. The causeThe FBI said the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park.
Petito and Laundrie —— had been traveling across America in a white Ford Transit van since early July.
Friends and relatives toldthat Petito had been .
Petito and Laundrie started off their trip traveling from Florida to New York.
Last month, they arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, staying only a short time as wildfire smoke blanketed the region.
The couple apparently stopped in Grand Teton National Park on Aug. 25 before heading for Yellowstone.
Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie returned to his parents' North Port, Fla., home in their van. Relatives last had contact with Petito on Aug. 25, when she was near Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyo.
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Petito is a white female, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and 110 lbs. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads "let it be."
Laundrie, police said Wednesday, has refused to cooperate with their investigation.
Anyone with information on Petito's whereabouts is urged to call 800-CALL-FBI.
Investigators are also interesting in speaking with anyone who may have information about the murders of Schulte and Turner, and ask that you contact them at 435-259-8115.
Man Heard Gabby Petito Ask Brian Laundrie 'Why Do You Have to Be So Mean?' During Dispute .
"Something seemed off" between the couple, the witness told police in Moab, UtahAccording to a recently released written statement, the witness, identified only as Chris, told Moab police he was outside the Moonflower Community Cooperative near Arches National Park when he saw the couple in the middle of "some sort of dispute," KSTU reports.