BLUE POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There are new developments within the seek for lacking Long Island native Gabby Petito.
Her mother and father have issued one other pressing plea calling on her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, to talk with investigators about her disappearance, together with the place he final noticed her.
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Petito, 22, disappeared whereas on a cross nation van journey with Laundrie.
Laundrie returned to their house in Florida with Petito’s van, however with out her.
Wednesday, police in Moab, Utah confirmed that their officers responded to an incident involving the 2 on August 12.
According to a police report, officers responded to a reported home assault however concluded it was a psychological/emotional well being break.
The report says, “Brian explained he and Gabrielle have been traveling together for the last four or five months. That time spent created emotional strain between them and increased
the number of arguments. After arguing — ‘Gabrielle had gone into a manic state.’”
Laundrie allegedly advised police he and Petito each suffered from a psychological situation and weren’t taking their meds.
According to the report, police decided the altercation didn’t rise to the extent of home assault, and Laundrie and Petito had been advised to separate for the night time. Laundrie was given a lodge room.
Petito’s household issued a brand new assertion Wednesday, calling on Laundrie to talk out about what he is aware of about her disappearance:
Every day the seek for Gabby continues the Schmidt and Petito household turns into extra determined. They are frantically trying to find solutions and knowledge of their daughter’s disappearance whereas Brian sits within the consolation of his house.
Brian claims he needs to sit down within the background whereas we seek for Gabby within the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone nationwide parks.
Brian left Gabby within the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves whereas he sits within the consolation of his house. In his house!
Brian, how might you do that to Gabby? You selfishly stay silent whereas Gabby is on their own within the wilderness.
Brian, your silence is reprehensible! We beg you to do the fitting factor and assist us deliver Gabby house.
Brian, no matter occurred in Wyoming, occurred. The solely factor you possibly can management is what you do now. Tell us the place Gabby is.
You tarnish you’re keen on for her together with your silence.
Police in North Port, Florida, say they’re now the lead investigators within the case, and are working with the FBI and Suffolk County police. They are calling Laundrie an individual of curiosity, which might be the case for anybody who was the final identified contact of a lacking individual.
Police say Laundrie returned to North Port on Sept. 1, 10 days earlier than Petito’s household reported her lacking. They say the van they used for the journey was discovered at Laundrie’s house, which he shares together with his mother and father, on Sept. 11.
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— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 15, 2021
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“As a father, I can imaging the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through. We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks. The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out. We will help find Gabby and we will help find anyone who may be involved in her disappearance,” stated North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.
Police have solely been given the identify of Laundrie’s lawyer to ask their questions via. That lawyer, Steven Bertolino, is situated on Long Island. He wouldn’t reply to questions on Gabby Petito’s whereabouts.
“It’s a very difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. On behalf of the Laundrie family, I hope that Miss Petito is located and that she’s reunited with her family,” he stated.
The seek for Petito is a multi-state effort — from Suffolk County, the place she departed, to Florida, the place she lives, and Wyoming, the place she was final heard from whereas climbing in Grand Teton National Park.
“I probably haven’t slept since Friday, haven’t eaten since Saturday,” her father Joseph Petito stated.
He stated he’s praying she will probably be discovered alive and effectively.
“If you’re hiking a trail and stuff like that and you see her, you can turn around ‘That’s Gabby … Gabby, here is my phone. You need to call your folks right now,’” he stated.
Gabby Petito was documenting what seemed to be a contented journey with Laundrie on YouTube and on social media.
“Did he harm Gabby? Because if he did, then he stole her car and drove it across state lines,” Joseph Petito stated.
He is pleading with Laundrie to talk out.
“If nothing happened and he’s not guilty of anything and you’re trying to help, you’re going about it the wrong way,” he stated. “Get outside to the front lawn and start talking to people. Tell them where you last saw her. Tell them what last happened. Tell them the truth.”
Police in Florida are making the identical plea.
“He needs to talk to us. We need to know exactly where he was, where she was, their last locations,” North Port, Florida, Police public info officer Josh Taylor stated. “If she’s out there, we’re doing everything in our power to bring her home.”
Laundrie’s lawyer says he’s the one advising the younger man to stay silent, including intimate companions are sometimes the primary individual suspected.
‘On recommendation of counsel, the Laundrie household is remaining within the background,” Bertolino stated.
“That is not good enough. We need the details,” Taylor stated.
A National Parks Service spokesman stated, “We are coordinating with multiple law enforcement agencies as part of the investigation into Gabrielle Petito’s whereabouts. As the investigation is ongoing, we do not have any further information to provide at this time.”
Police say they’re utilizing each technological useful resource to scour cell data, app utilization, movies, tolls and extra.
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All suggestions with info on Petito’s disappearance may be reported to 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).