Crime Man Heard Gabby Petito Ask Brian Laundrie 'Why Do You Have to Be So Mean?' During Dispute
Day 4 of search in Florida park for Gabby Petito's boyfriend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Search teams fanned out Wednesday at a Florida wilderness park to search for the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who authorities say was killed while on a cross-country trip with him. The search resumed around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the 24,000-acre (9,700-hectare) Carlton Reserve park, North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor said. Investigators say Brian Laundrie's parents told them he had gone there after returning home without Petito on Sept. 1.
A man who witnessed the Aug. 12 argument betweenand fiancé in Moab, Utah, told police at the time that "something seemed off."
According 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,"reports.
In his statement, Chris wrote the couple were "talking aggressively" and could have been "play fighting," but it was hard to tell because "something definitely didn't seem right," according to
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"It was as if this guy was trying to leave her, and maybe take her phone?" Chris wrote, adding that Gabby was punching Laundrie in the arm while trying to get back into the van in which they were traveling.
He noted when she made it back inside her vehicle, Gabby asked Laundrie, "Why do you have to be so mean?"
Another eyewitness called 911 to report the incident, telling the dispatcher Laundrie had been slapping Gabby.
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of officers responding to the domestic dispute report shows Gabby crying and ends with the couple being asked to spend the night apart, with Gabby keeping the van and Laundrie sent to a hotel.
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A U.S. park ranger who responded to the incidentshe spoke with Gabby that day and had warned her that her relationship with Laundrie appeared to be a "toxic" one.
"I was probably more candid with her than I should've been," Melissa Hulls, a visitor and resource protection supervisor at Arches National Park in Utah, recalled of their interaction.
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"I was imploring with her to reevaluate the relationship, asking her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically saying this was an opportunity for her to find another path, to make a change in her life," Hulls said of Gabby, who was living with Laundrie and his parents in Florida prior to the trip.
911 Caller Said He Saw Brian Laundrie Hitting Gabby Petito: 'Gentleman Was Slapping the Girl'
Police believe they have found the body of Gabby Petito, and her fiancé Brian Laundrie has gone missing"We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl," the caller tells the dispatcher.
"She had a lot of anxiety about being away from him, I honestly thought if anything was going to change it would be after they got home to Florida," Hulls added.
Gabby was— 10 days after Laundrie returned to his parents' home in the white van he and Gabby had used to travel across the country. Relatives last had contact with Gabby on Aug. 25, when she was near Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming.
On Sunday, the FBI announced thatin Grand Teton National Park that were "consistent with the description" of Gabby. Law enforcement officials confirmed on Tuesday that the remains belonged to Gabby and that she had .
Once Gabby was reported missing, Laundrie wasin the case and refused to sit down with investigators to discuss his fiancée's whereabouts. He has also , with authorities in Florida currently conducting searches for him.
He has not been named a suspect at this time.
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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.