Police in Florida said the disappearance of a 22-year-old woman is still being investigated as a missing person case and called on the public to provide any information that might help them bring the woman home safe. Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11 by her family after her fiance returned home to Florida alone from a cross-country road trip.
Todd Garrison, the police chief in North Port, said no criminality is suspected at this time. Investigators are currently narrowing down the areas they will investigate, so no physical search teams or personnel are on the ground. He said that while resources are available and law enforcement partners are on the ground following up leads and tips, but that a grid search is still being done right now.
Police have said her fiance, Brian Laundrie, has refused to speak with law enforcement but Garrison said investigators are solely focused on finding Petito. We share our frustrations with the rest of the world. Garrison stated that two people took a trip and one returned. The person who returned has not provided any details. My focus right now is not to bring Brian into my life. Gabby is my focus. “
Her father, Joe Petito, asked the public to come forward with any information that could help investigators. He said, “I am asking for assistance from Brian’s parents and asking for the support of family and friends of Laundrie.” “I’m looking for any assistance you could provide to ensure my daughter returns home. Nothing else matters now. “
Petito was last seen on August 24 checking out of a Salt Lake City hotel with Laundrie. Last time she was seen in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The 2012 Ford Transit van the couple were traveling in was seized by police.
Police in Moab, Utah, released a police report and body camera footage of officers responding to an incident involving the couple on August 12. According to police reports, officers responded to the domestic assault report but found that there weren’t any significant injuries and they were more likely to classify it as a mental health break than domestic assault.
Laundrie told police he and Petito both suffered from a mental condition that they do not take medication for, the report said. The report stated that police determined the domestic assault level was not reached in the altercation and ordered Petito and Laundrie to part ways for the night. Laundrie was offered a room in a hotel.
In the Thursday news conference, Garrison said police reviewed the couple’s run-in with law enforcement. They had an altercation. Garrison confirmed that the bodycam captured their interactions with police officers. Garrison said that beyond this, the footage has nothing to do with Petito’s disappearance. “
Later Thursday, attorney Richard Stafford, who represents Petito’s family, said investigators t0ld the family not to publicly discuss the body camera footage of the fight or other aspects of Petito and Laundrie’s relationship during the investigation.
“The family is not gonna discuss any facts or anything to do with the relationship between Gabby and Brian. Stafford stated that they were not allowed to discuss the FBI’s request. “I just hope that everyone comes together in search of Gabby. Again, based on what I have seen over the past few days it seems that everyone except Brian is helping to find Gabby. “
Her parents wrote a letter addressed to the Laundrie family. Stafford was able to read the letter at the news conference. The letter stated that “We are sorry for your loss and we know you have the instinct to help your son.”
“We ask you to put yourselves in our shoes. Our lives have been chaotic and we can’t sleep, eat or breathe. You are certain to know where Brian has gone. Tell us. “