Crime 911 Caller Said He Saw Brian Laundrie Hitting Gabby Petito: 'Gentleman Was Slapping the Girl'
Brian Laundrie's Sister Says She Loves Gabby Petito as Protests Target Her Parents' Home
"She's like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding," Cassie Laundrie said.On Thursday, Cassie Laundrie, the sister of Brian Laundrie, appeared on Good Morning America for an exclusive interview following the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Her statement came after the missing woman's family begged the Laundries for more information regarding her disappearance.
A man who called 911 to report a dispute betweenand told the dispatcher he saw a man hitting a female, according to audio of the call obtained by PEOPLE, seemingly undermining the assertion of police that the incident was not a domestic assault.
"We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl," the caller tells the dispatcher.
"He was slapping her?" the dispatcher replies.
"Yes, and then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off," the caller adds.
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.
After the 911 call, the couple was pulled over by police in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12, and their encounter with officers was captured onthat has been publicly released. In the footage, Petito, 22, admits to striking Laundrie, 23, and does not accuse Laundrie of being violent toward her.
A responding officer wrote in the police report, which was obtained by PEOPLE, "After evaluating the totality of the circumstances, I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much that of a mental health crisis."
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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.
However, another officer wrote in the report, "It wasn't clear, but I believe it was reported the male had been observed to have assaulted the female."
After the couple spoke with police, Petito went back to the customized van in which the couple was traveling and Laundrie stayed the night in a hotel, the police report states.
Petito last made contact with her family on Aug. 24 and was reported missing on Sept. 11. On Sunday, authorities announced they hadin Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming they believe is .
Police in North Port, Fla., where the Laundrie family lives and where the couple had lived before they set out on a cross-country trip in their van, have said they believe Petito was in the national park when she last contacted her family.
Gabby Petito Timeline: What We Know So Far
The 22-year-old vlogger went missing following a cross-country trip with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who later returned home alone.Laundrie returned home from the trip alone at the start of September and was last seen around mid-September.
While the body has not been formally identified, FBI agent Charles Jones said at a Sunday press conference that the bureau "would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby's family."
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Last Wednesday, Laundrie was, and on Friday, authorities announced Laundrie is currently missing.
After Petito last contacted her parents, authorities discovered that Laundrie had quietly returned to his parents' home in Florida without his fiancé. on Sept. 1, and 10 days passed before she was reported missing. Authorities have not been able to talk to Laundrie about Petito's disappearance.
Police said last week he is not considered a suspect in the case.
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.
On Monday, the FBI announced they were.
On Saturday, in, a woman claimed that she and her boyfriend picked up Laundrie while he hitchhiked in Wyoming in August, after Petito was last heard from.
In the TikTok videos, the woman, who identifies herself as, said she picked up a hitchhiking Laundrie on Aug. 29 at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park.
Baker claimed that Laundrie approached the couple in need of a ride to Jackson, Wyo., where she said they happened to be heading. Baker said Laundrie got in their Jeep, and after the couple exchanged small talk with their hitchhiker, Laundrie mentioned he had been camping "for multiple days without his fiancée," who he said was "working on their social media page back at their van."
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Gabby Petito's Family Got Tattoos in Her Honor that She Designed Herself: 'Wanted to Have Her with Me' .
During a press conference Tuesday, Gabby Petito's parents' attorney said he didn't expect Brian Laundrie's parents to help find their missing son since "they did not help us find Gabby"Gabby's mother, stepfather, father and stepmother all got tattoos reading "Let It Be," referencing the Beatles song that was a favorite of hers. They also got other tattoos designed by Gabby, which they showed at the press conference.