- A few month earlier than Gabby Petito was reported lacking, she was questioned by police.
- After Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie have been pulled over, she advised officers he was a “downer.”
- Petito stated Laundrie did not consider she may begin a profession as a journey blogger.
A few month earlier than she was reported lacking, Gabby Petito tearfully advised cops that her boyfriend did not consider in her dream. The 22-year-old, whose disappearance has become a global obsession, was pulled over in Utah on August 12. She advised officers that Brian Laundrie, who she had been engaged to a yr earlier, was a “downer,” in response to newly launched bodycam footage.
“I just quit my job to travel across the country and I’m trying to start a blog, a travel blog, so I’ve been building my website,” Petito may be heard saying within the recording that was launched by Utah police on September 16. “I’ve been really stressed and he doesn’t really believe that I can do any of it.”
The Moab Metropolis Law enforcement officials who pulled Petito and Laundrie over had directed Petito to exit the couple’s van and stand a number of toes away to reply questions. Petito described quitting her job as a nutritionist to doc her cross-country highway journey with Laundrie, who police say is a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance.
Petito was reported lacking on September 11, 10 days after Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida of their van, with out her. Laundrie has since refused to speak to authorities about Petito, regardless of police and her household pleading that he assist discover her.
Petito’s disappearance has attracted widespread consideration partially as a result of she documented the highway journey on Instagram and YouTube, the place she posted one “Van Life” travel vlog with Laundrie underneath the identify Nomadic Statik.
On August 12, in Moab, officers considered charging Petito with home violence after she stated that she slapped Laundrie throughout a dispute and hit him once more whereas they have been getting pulled over. The officers declined to cost Petito after she advised them she had no intention to bodily harm or impair Laundrie. Petito stated Laundrie had stopped her from stepping into the van earlier by telling her she wanted to settle down first.
“I was trying to get him to stop telling me to calm down,” she stated within the footage.
In a later police report, the officers described the incident as a “mental health crisis” and opted to have the couple separate for an evening, with Petito staying within the van and Laundrie staying in a resort room.
Petito and Laundrie had been collectively for greater than two years on the time of her disappearance. They began relationship in March 2019 and moved to Florida collectively, the place Laundrie proposed in July 2020. Petito’s mom advised shops that her daughter and Laundrie called off their engagement, feeling they have been too younger to get married, earlier than setting out in July 2021 on their highway journey.
Representatives for Brian Laundrie didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.
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