Bodycam: Gabby Petito argued with boyfriend before vanishing

Police video shows a Florida woman who disappeared during a cross-country journey had an emotional fight with her boyfriend in a Utah tourist town before she vanished.

9/16/2021 9:01:00 PM

Police video shows a Florida woman who disappeared during a cross-country journey had an emotional fight with her boyfriend in a Utah tourist town before she vanished.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police video shows a Florida woman who disappeared during a cross-country journey in a converted camper van had an emotional fight with her boyfriend in a Utah tourist town before she vanished.

Inside was Brian Laundrie and his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search joined by the FBI.Police in North Port, Florida, where the couple lived, say Laundrie is a “person of interest” in her case. He’s not been charged, but he’s also not cooperating.

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North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison publicly vented his frustration over his lack of help on Wednesday, pleading for Laundrie’s lawyer to arrange a conversation. “Two people left on a trip and one person returned!” the chief’s tweet said.ADVERTISEMENT

The body camera video shows Petito visibly upset when an officer approached them.“We’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues,” she tells him, adding that she suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder that affects her behavior.“Yeah, I don’t know, it’s just some days, I have really bad OCD, and I was just cleaning and straightening up and I was apologizing to him saying that I’m so mean because sometimes I have OCD and get frustrated,” she said. headtopics.com

Laundrie says on the video the couple got into a minor scuffle that began when he climbed into the van with dirty feet, and said he didn’t want to pursue a domestic violence charge against Petito, who officers decided was the aggressor.“I’m not going to pursue anything because she is my fiancée and I love her. It was just a squabble. Sorry it had to get so public,” Laundrie says.

Ultimately Moab police decided not file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night, with Laundrie checking into a motel and Petito remaining with the converted sleeper van.“He’s going to a hotel. I’m giving you the keys to the van. I’m giving him a ride to the hotel. Everything will be okay,” the officer says.

Petito, 22, and the 23-year-old Laundrie started their drive across the U.S. in July from New York’s Long Island, where both grew up. They intended to reach Oregon by Halloween according to their social media accounts, but Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities said.

Laundrie drove the Ford Transit van back to Florida on Sept. 1 alone, police said. Petito’s family filed a missing persons report last Saturday with police in Suffolk County, New York.Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said the Laundrie family is hoping for Petito’s safe return, but he’s asked them not to speak with investigators. headtopics.com

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ADVERTISEMENT“Everybody has rights and we respect the Constitution and their rights,” Garrison acknowledged Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I can’t speculate as to why he’s not talking, but he has the pieces to the puzzle that we need to find Gabby.”

Garrison said at a news conference Thursday that the investigation remains a missing persons case, not a murder probe, and that no intensive searches have begun because it’s unclear exactly where authorities might look.“We’re still trying to nail down geographic areas,” the chief said. “There’s a lot of information we are going through. Our focus is to find Gabby.”

The missing woman’s father, Joe Petito, also appeared at the news conference to urge anyone with knowledge about his daughter to come forward.“What I want from everybody here is help. Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter comes home, I’m asking you to help. Nothing else matters right now,” Joe Petito said.

Petito and Laundrie were childhood sweethearts on Long Island before moving from Blue Point, New York, in 2019 to live with his parents in North Port, about 34 miles (54 kilometers) south of Sarasota.An eight-minuteYouTube videotitled “Van Life: Beginning our Van Life Journey” features happy and romantic scenes from the couple’s trip. headtopics.com

Petito is white, 5-foot-5 (1.6 meters) and about 110 pounds (50 kilograms), with blonde hair and blue eyes, police said. She has several tattoos including one on a forearm that reads, “let it be.” Read more: The Associated Press »

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Last contact Grand Tetons Park. No, there’s no place to hide a small girl there… THE BOYFRIEND DID IT. Never speak to police..ask for lawyer When I took a road trip with someone I eventually found super annoying, I just took the train the rest of the way. Enough of her, interrogate the fiancé. I don't think she's alive and the entire PD knows it.

How in the H*ll is this news? He is silent. Says it all. A couple had an argument? No way He is laughing in the video and calling her crazy. She is clearly distraught and crying. This looks like textbook gaslighting to me. FindGabby wheresgabby

Police release bodycam video of missing Gabby Petito after fiancé Brian Laundrie fightWhere's Gabby? Gabby Petito, 22, was reported missing on September 11, days after her partner Brian Laundrie returned home without her. GabbyPetito Brian Laundrie should ask himself. How would my parents feel if I disappeared & someone who knew something wouldn't talk to authorities or my parents. Man up Brian. Tell what you know. Jail time coming ? After watching him here, add that to him basically stealing her car, returned home without her, he lawyered up and is refusing to talk. 🤷‍♂️ he did it.

I see 2 possible scenarios here: (a) The guy got fed up with his mentally ill girlfriend’s emotional OCD outbursts/violence, and left her in the middle of nowhere or (b) it escalated to the point that a truly violent altercation ensued/he killed her. Either way, not good. Also: Chile anytime two people go out somewhere and 1 person returns alone and says I dunno - they did something to the other person every single time

I've watched enough true crime to be willing to forgo the trial and just lock that bf away rn I imagine thousands of people were like ' couplegoals' on her Insta too. I mean, we all knew this when the news first broke. It's almost ALWAYS the case. If the boyfriend wasn’t white he would’ve already been facing 25 to life smh

The boyfriend came back lawyered up, which is not suspicious... Imagine that. The boyfriend is highly suspicious!!!!! Ya, if you leave on a cross country roadtrip with someone and return without them, you might be the guilty party.

Utah police stopped Gabby Petito and fiancé after fight on road trip before she went missing, report saysPolice in Utah say they responded to a physical altercation last month between a New York woman and her fiancé while they were on a cross-country road trip — an alleged incident that occurred less than a month before her family reported her missing. Pretty obvious he killed her. The police know it too, which is why he's 'a person of interest' to them. He's being grossly obvious about it, too. she cute

Utah police stopped Gabby Petito and fiancé after fight on road trip before she went missing, report saysPolice said neither Petito and nor her fiance, Brian Laundrie, wanted to press charges. The couple agreed to be separated for the night, officials said.

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Police say they're frustrated with boyfriend of Gabby Petito for not sharing information on her whereaboutsInvestigators searching for Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman who went missing during a cross-country trip, are expressing frustration that Petito's boyfriend has not shed any light on her possible whereabouts. The police should get a warrant for his phone Ok we need to gather all the facts about both of them. From the bodycam videos? They both seemed very jumpy(drugs). Sometimes the victim will lie to protect the abuser In the video ,she said she thought he would leave her there,🧐why? Where is NancyGrace She knows who did it!

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