Since Gabby Petito’s disappearance has hit the news, suspicions have been directed primarily at her fiance Brian Laundrie. Now Petito’s family has made a shocking claim.
On September 11th, influencer Gabby Petitio was reported missing to police by her mother.
Petito has not been in touch with her family since late August when she and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, were in Wyoming.
Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1st, without Petito.
He’s now been named as a person of interest in the case by the authorities.
The pair had been documenting their travels on social media.
“We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks,” said North Port police chief Todd Garrison, as per the BBC. “The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out.”
Police had been called regarding an incident between the couple 2 weeks before Petito’s disappearance.
The van the pair had been sharing has been seized and searched for clues.
“Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida. These are critical questions that require immediate answers,” the Petito family said in a statement.
Petito’s mom has revealed the final text she received from her missing daughter.
Nichole Schmidt said she received a message from her daughter’s phone on August 30th reading: “No service in Yosemite.”
However, Schmidt does not believe this text was actually written by Petito.
“The van was in Florida on the 1st [of September]. I think I can do the math,” she explained to the New York Post.
Schmidt refused to comment on who she did believe had sent the message.
Police officers then released bodycam footage from a month before Petito’s disappearance.
The footage shows officers, in Utah, talking to Petito and Laundrie after they responded to a 911 call of a domestic incident.
Viewers of the shocking video have found it hard to watch…
And certainly didn’t help Laundrie’s case.
The hour-long bodycam footage from August 12th was released by Moab City Police Department.
It shows officers interaction with the couple when they pulled over their white van outside Arches National Park in Moab.
The footage, obtained by ABC7, shows the officer separate the couple and begin to question them about what led to the 911 call.
During her conversation with the officer, Petito can be heard saying: “I have really bad OCD. I was apologizing to him saying I’m sorry I’m so mean.
“We’ve been fighting all morning. He wouldn’t let me in the car before… He told me I needed to calm down.”
The officer then sat Petito in the back of his patrol car before moving to talk to Laundrie.
Speaking with the officer, Laundrie said: “She just gets worked up sometimes, I try to distance myself from her. I locked the car.
“I said, ‘Let’s just take a breather.’ She had her phone. I was trying to push her away to say, ‘Let’s just take a step back,'” he said while adding that Petito hit him with her phone.
As per ABC7, the incident was reportedly categorized by police as a “mental/emotional health break” rather than a domestic assault.
The couple reportedly agreed to spend the night separately instead of charges being filed with the police helping Laundrie to sort a hotel room while Petito remained with the van.
Of course, people had their own suspicions…
Now Petito’s family has spoken out with their views about Laundrie and his parents. The family’s attorney Richard Stafford has appealed to the Laundrie family in a new statement.
He called the family’s silence on the issue “infuriating.”
“The family is devasted,” Stafford said at a press briefing.
“Every day that this goes on, they get more and more devastated.”
“They’re at the point that that desperation has turned to anger.”
“They know that the Laundries know where their daughter is, and they will not tell them. That’s infuriating.”
We hope Petitio is found safely.