Crime Cops Who Pulled Over ‘Van-Life’ Couple Were Told Fiancé ‘Hit’ Gabby Petito
Gabby Petito Has Been Missing for 6 Days: What We Know
Petito's family has continued to urge her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, to come forward with any information after he returned home to Florida without Petito.Petito and Laundrie departed from Long Island, New York (where Petitio is originally from) on July 2 to travel cross-country in her white 2012 Ford Transit van. Social media posts from Petito showed that the van was outfitted as a camper.
Police officers in Moah, Utah, responding to reports of a dispute between, who is now homicide, were told by dispatch that Laundrie had reportedly hit Petito during the Aug. 12 argument, newly released audio reveals.
“RP [reporting party] states a male hit a female,” the police dispatcher. “Domestic. He got into a white Ford Transit van. Has a black ladder on the back. Florida plate… The female who got hit, they both—the male and the female—both got into the van and headed north.”
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.
The tape, obtained by Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, helps paint a fuller picture of the, which somehow ended with police viewing Petito, 22, as the aggressor. In a previously released 911 call shortly before the officers were dispatched, a witness tells the operator, “We drove by him, a gentleman was slapping the girl. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car, and they drove off.”
Laundrie, Petito’s 23-year-old fiancé, inexplicably returned home to Florida—without Petito—two weeks later. In the report, a, Officer Eric Pratt wrote, “It appeared that a male and female had left the scene traveling north on Main in a white Ford Transit van with a black ladder on the rear after the male and female had engaged in some sort of altercation. It wasn’t clear, but I believe it was reported the male had been observed to have assaulted the female.”
Remains of Gabby Petito believed to be found; search underway for boyfriend Brian Laundrie: What we know
Authorities in at least two states were working Monday to solve the mystery of Gabby Petito, hours after the FBI announced that remains were found.Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, had been high school sweethearts on Long Island, New York. Laundrie's parents later moved to North Port, Florida, and Petito and Laundrie were living with them when they began their cross-country expedition.
But after interviewing Petito and Laundrie, as well as contacting the witness who called 911 in the first place, Pratt came to a different conclusion. Petito and Laundrie had “some sort of argument,” he wrote in the report. Laundrie then “tried to create distance” by telling Petito to take a walk and calm down, it says. However, Petito “didn’t want to be separated” from Laundrie, and “began slapping him,” the report continues. The document claims Laundrie grabbed Petito’s face and “pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van.” The fight erupted over a phone, according to the report.
“No one reported that the male struck the female, both the male and the female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime,” says Pratt’s writeup, which goes on to assert that Laundrie “did not exhibit any indicators that he may be a victim of ‘battered boyfriend syndrome,’” and that he was “assessed to be at low risk of danger or harm as a result of his proximity” to Petito.
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Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, "van life" vlogger Gabby Petito, 22, whose body is believed to have been found in Wyoming Sunday, say police"Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times," North Port Police PIO Josh Taylor said in a release Tuesday morning announcing that authorities were returning to the sprawling reserve to search for Laundrie, 23, who is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
In, a second officer can be seen telling Petito that he has “decided not to cite you for domestic violence battery.”
“It was only going to be a Class-B misdemeanor, however the domestic violence portion of it enhances it—makes life a major pain in the butt, especially, you’re 22, right?” he says.
Petito told police she was frightened that Laundrie was going to leave her behind in Moab, according to the incident report. They both suffered from extreme anxiety, the two said. In the end, responding officers declared the incident a “mental/emotional health ‘break,’” rather than a domestic assault, the report concludes.
“I am separating you tonight,” the officer dealing with Petito tells her. “I want you guys both to be tonight, away from each other, relax, breathe… I understand that this can feel like it’s a nightmare, but you’re coming out as the golden flower on top of it all.”
Cops released the van to Petito, who legally owned the vehicle, and arranged a motel room for Laundrie. Officers told Petito where she could take a shower for “four or five bucks,” one of them said to Laundrie as he drove him to the motel.
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.
“I told her to go take a shower… cause she seems a lot like my wife,” the officer said. “And things that really work for my wife is when she gets stressed out, to take a long hot shower.”
The footage concludes with the officer checking Laundrie into a local motel and shaking his hand as he says goodbye.
Petito and Laundrie embarked on a tour of America’s national parks in early July, traveling to the Monument Rocks formation in Kansas, followed by Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the Zion, Bryce, and Canyonlands national parks in Utah. Although the pair’s, and others who met them on the road , living in such close quarters month after month was beginning to take a toll on their relationship, said the police report.
Petito’s family last heard from her nine days later, in an.
“The text message read, ‘Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,’” states a Sept. 15 search warrant giving investigators permission to search a hard drive found in the couple’s van. “The reference to ‘Stan,’ was regarding her grandfather, but per the mother, she never calls him ‘Stan.’ The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter.”
Neighbors Saw Brian Laundrie, Family Leave House with Camper After Gabby Petito Vanished: Report
The presumed trip occurred about a week after Laundrie returned to North Port aloneFOX 13 spoke to William and Charlene Guthrie, who only just moved to their North Port neighborhood.
Petito’s phone was subsequently turned off, and she “stopped posting anything on social media about their trip,” according to the warrant. “Per her family, this was not normal behavior for the subject, and they became more worried about her.”
On Sept. 19, Petito’s remains were discovered in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. But from the start, Laundrie refused to speak to investigators. As pressure began to mount, Laundrie himself vanished when he went for a hike at a local nature preserve but never returned, his family reported. Investigators have been searching the 25,000 expanse for any sign of Laundrie, but have so far come up empty.
“Get out of the house, get into the FBI offices, and start answering some questions,” Petito’s father, Joe,before Laundrie went missing. “Do your job as a fiancé, as most would do.”
Petito was unavailable for comment on Monday.
Late last week, federal prosecutors issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest after a grand jury indicted him on charges of debit card fraud following Petito’s death.
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement.
On Sunday, FBI agents showed up at the North Port, Florida home Laundrie shares with his parents to collect “personal items” of Laundrie’s. Rewards of as to Laundrie’s whereabouts.
Brian Laundrie search: Timeline of events since he returned to Florida becomes clearer .
Reports that Brian Laundrie camped with his family this month before Gabby Petito was reported missing appear to clarify a timeline of his movements after he returned to Florida without his fiancée, who eventually was found dead in Wyoming. © From gabspetito/Instagram Brian Laundrie is pictured in a post on Gabby Petito's Instagram account on February 14, 2021. The Laundrie family stayed at a Florida campground dozens of miles from their North Port home between September 6 and 8, officials said, days before Petito's family reported her missing after the couple were on a cross-country van trip.