- Florida police investigating the disappearance of Gabby Petito launched a video interview along with her dad.
- In it, Joe Petito is requested concerning the case, together with what he thinks of his lacking daughter’s fiancé.
- The division advised Insider the video was despatched to the media to “provide you content.”
The Florida police division main the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Gabby Petito launched a video interview along with her dad on Friday with a view to “provide you content,” a spokesman for the division advised Insider.
Petito’s father, Joe Petito, appeared within the roughly nine-minute video answering a sequence of questions concerning the case from North Port Police Division public info officer Josh Taylor.
In the YouTube video, filmed in a parking zone close to the police division, Taylor asks Petito a number of questions, together with “what do you think” of Brian Laundrie, his daughter’s fiancé who has refused to talk with authorities after returning residence from the pair’s cross-country street journey alone.
The interviewer additionally requested Petito about who Gabby is as an individual, and a query about how “odd” is it for Gabby to not talk along with her household.
Through the interview, Gabby’s father urged that Laundrie has dedicated a criminal offense within the case of his daughter’s disappearance and blasted the person’s household as “cruel” and “heartless” for remaining silent.
“You don’t do your Fifth Amendment until you’re trying to hide a crime where you don’t want to incriminate yourself or someone else,” Petito mentioned within the clip in reference to Laundrie. “That’s the only reason you invoke the Fifth unless someone tells me otherwise. But I’m an emotional dad in an emotional situation and that’s how I am seeing it at this moment.”
“Right now if you’re innocent, that’s the wrong tactic to take,” he added.
Taylor could be heard within the video responding with a sigh, saying, “What a nightmare.”
Petito referred to as on family and friends of the Laundrie’s to stress them to assist in the investigation and mentioned those that affiliate with the household ought to “turn them away” if they do not comply with cooperate.
Through the interview, the daddy additionally mentioned that whereas on her journey Gabby “hadn’t gone three days without contacting someone,” saying it was unlikely she went off on her own with out notifying household.
Gabby Petito and Laundrie, 23, set out from New York on a cross-country street journey in a transformed camper van on July 2, documenting their travels on social media along the way.
However on September 1, Laundrie returned residence to North Port, with the van and with out Petito, police have mentioned.
Petito’s family reported her missing to New York authorities 10 days later and Petito’s final recognized location is believed to be in Wyoming’s Grand Teton Nationwide Park.
Petito’s mom mentioned she final spoke along with her daughter on FaceTime on August 24, and acquired a textual content from her telephone on August 30 — however doesn’t believe Gabby sent the message.
In an e-mail to reporters on Friday with a hyperlink to the video, Taylor mentioned Joe Petito’s “thoughts are his own and do not necessarily reflect ours.”
Taylor additionally advised reporters, “There is simply not that much to report publicly at this time. We are working around the clock to solve this mystery. With every minute, more is solidified. We really do appreciate all of the coverage.”
When Insider requested Taylor by e-mail why the police division despatched the video interview of Joe Petito out to the media, he responded, “To provide you content.”
Taylor mentioned investigators are following “every lead” to search out Gabby Petito and that Laundrie nonetheless had not spoken to police.
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