US Gabby Petito remains missing as authorities search vast wildlife reserve for fiancé
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 announced late Friday that authorities are searching for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, who remains missing. The couple left in July for a cross-country road-trip, but only Laundrie returned to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1, police say.
Police named Laundrie a person of interest in Petito's disappearance, but he has refused to speak with police. No charges have been filed, and the case continues to be a missing persons case, police said.
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.
Laundrie's family told officers Friday that they haven’t seen him since Tuesday,. Police said Friday was the first time officers had spoken with the Laundries in detail about the case and that the family requested the meeting.
Laundrie's family filed a missing person report around 5 p.m. Friday, North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor
North Port police, FBI and other agencies are searching for Laundrie in the vast Carlton Reserve in North Port, where his family says they believe he went earlier this week.
Attorneys for the Petito family released a statement saying that Laundrie was not “missing.”
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.
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“All of Gabby's family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing,” the statement from the law office of Richard B. Stafford said.
Laundrie's attorney released a statement of his own: “Be advised that the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown,” Steven Bertolino said. “The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian. As of now, the FBI is now looking for both Gabby and Brian.”
Police say Laundrie returned to North Port without Petito in her van on Sept. 1 — 10 days before family reported her missing.
Petito, 22, was last seen in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming Aug. 30.
As police interviewed Laundrie's family in their home, protesters gathered outside, crowding the lawn and yelling "Where's Gabby?"
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.
In a Friday statement, North Port Police Department said it is not currently working on a crime investigation and instead, the case is now being treated as a multiple missing person investigation.
The agency added that they and the FBI had been pleading with the family to speak with investigators for nearly a week before the meeting Friday night.
“We understand the community’s frustration, we are frustrated too," the statement said.
Here's what we know:
What we knew Friday:
Laundrie, family accused of withholding information
Investigators have accused Laundrie and those around him of withholding critical information.
When authorities seized the van at their home in North Port, Laundrie refused to speak with authorities and instead hired a lawyer.
"It tears you apart," North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor said of Petito's family at a Friday news conference. "They're being tortured right now by the potential of somebody having information and not relaying it."
'Gator and Snake Infested Swamps': Inside the Search for Missing Brian Laundrie
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.
"I believe Brian has the information," Todd Garrison, chief of North Port Police Department in Florida, said at a Thursday news conference.
Police said Laundrie is invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to speak.
Laundrie's attorney said he advised Laundrie not to talk.
"Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito’s absence," Bertolino said in a statement. "In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter."
Who is Gabby Petito?
Petito is an aspiringand YouTuber with thousands of fans. An on her YouTube channel called Nomadic Statik has been shared around the world, showcasing the couple's cross-country trek.
Petito is described as a white female, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and 110 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads "Let it be."
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.
Who is Brian Laundrie?
Childhood sweethearts Laundrie, 23, and Peitio are engaged to be married. They moved from Blue Point, New York, in 2019 to live with his parents in North Port.
Laundrie is a white male, five feet, eight inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown eyes, short brown hair and trimmed facial hair.
Police investigated argument between couple in Utah
After a witness reported a potential domestic violence situation, police investigated an argument between the couple in August.
Body camera footage released Thursday shows Petito in tears while an officer in Moab, Utah, responded on the side of a highway near Arches National Park.
Laundrie told an officer that Petito slapped him after friction had been building between them for several days. The officer wrote that the two had been traveling together for several months, and the closeness created an "emotional strain" leading to more arguments.
Laundrie told an officer that he and Petito both suffered from the same mental health problem. The police report redacted specific information on the condition.
Officers in the video told the couple to sleep in separate places for the night so they could "reset their mental states without interference from one another."
"I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis," the officer concluded in the report.
Police receive flood of tips
Taylor said Friday the department has received an "enormous amount of tips," estimating that more than 1,000 have come in.
"The vast majority of them aren't helpful, but it's those little nuggets, those little pieces in there," he said.
Gabby Petito's father, Joe, on Thursday pleaded for information that could help find his daughter.
"I'm asking for help from everyone at home," he said at a news conference. "I'm asking for help from the parents of Brian, and I'm asking for the help of the family members and friends of the Laundrie family."
Anyone with information can reach out through a national hotline to receive tips at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
Contributing: Patricia McKnight, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Mike James, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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Arrest Warrant for Brian Laundrie Issued in Wyoming Following Gabby Petito's Death .
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