olice looking for missing woman Gabby Petito ask for her boyfriend’s cooperation.
Authorities are looking for a missing person. Gabby Petito’s family is seeking to speak with her boyfriend, who they think was the last person to see her before her family reported her missing, according to a police spokesman.
In a press conference, Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the North Port, Florida, police department, said, “He needs to speak to us.” “We need to know where he was, where she was, their most recent whereabouts, and the fact that he was back here for ten days. After ten days, her relatives reported her missing.”
Petito’s family reported him missing on September 11th. According to North Port police, they last spoke with her during the final week of August.
Petito is thought to have been in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park prior to that contact, according to authorities. According to a press release issued by police on Wednesday, she was driving with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in her white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate.
According to the statement, the car was found on September 11 at the North Port house she shared with Laundrie and his parents, and Laundrie reportedly returned to North Port on September 1.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Taylor said that the car had been processed and that “there was some stuff in there” that police would be looking into. He didn’t say anything more about the content.
According to Taylor, there is presently no search warrant for that residence.
Authorities went to Laundrie’s house on Saturday to talk with him and his family, but “all we got was their attorney’s information,” Taylor said.
Taylor said, “That was the end of our discussion with them.” “From what I gather, we’ve had some discussions with his counsel, but nothing to the point where he’s provided us with the information we’d want.”
The inquiry is being led by North Port police, with assistance from the FBI. Petito’s family, who reside in New York, had reported her missing to the Suffolk County police department.
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Petito and their boyfriend had an ‘altercation in Utah, police say
Petito and her boyfriend stop by police in Moab, Utah in August, and the two characters as “involved in some kind of fight,” according to a report published by the Moab City Police Department.
On August 12, police in Moab City respond to complaints of disorderly behavior and found Laundrie and Petito, as well as a witness whose full name was deleted from the report.
According to Officer Eric Pratt’s report, Laundrie and Petito got into a physical fight after an argument, but “both the male and female stated they are in love and engaged to be married and urgently didn’t want to see anybody punished with a felony.”
Laundry and Petito were separated for the night at the officers’ request, according to the report. One officer characterized Petito as “confused and emotional.”
Officer Daniel Robbins stated in the police report, “After reviewing the totality of the facts, I do not think the
incident rose to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis.” There were no charges
Robbins penned The two had been traveling together for “the past 4 or 5 months,” according to Laundrie.
Laundry family is ‘remaining in the background’
Nicole Schmidt and Joseph Petito, Petito’s parents, claim Laundrie refusing to tell them where he last saw their daughter and “refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her vehicle to Florida” in a statement published Tuesday.
Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night that the young lady interacts with her mother and family on a daily basis.
“She’d go off the beaten path, living in her van and exploring new places. So it wasn’t unusual for her to disappear for a few days at a period, but she’d always find a way back to a location with Wi-Fi so she could update her Instagram, make phone calls, FaceTime, and so on “he said
In a statement released Tuesday, an attorney for the Laundrie family said the family is “remaining in the background at this point and will make no further comment” on counsel’s advice.
In a statement, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino states, “It is our understanding that a search plane for Miss Petito in or around Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.”
Petito’s parents responded by pleading with the Laundrie family to “help locate who Brian referred to as the love of his life.”
Their statement asked, “How can Brian remain in the background when he is the only one who knows where Gabby is?”
Petito family attorney Richard Stafford pleaded with the young woman’s boyfriend to come forward and assist in her search in a statement released on Wednesday.
“With each passing day, the Schmidt and Petito families’ quest for Gabby becomes more urgent,” the statement read,
adding that Laundrie’s silence is “reprehensible.”
“We implore you to do the right thing and assist us in bringing Gabby home,” the letter said. “Your silence tarnishes your affection for her.”
Police call circumstances of disappearance ‘odd’
Taylor said at a press conference on Wednesday that police are doing
“everything we can” to “bring her home safely or possibly hold whoever is guilty of her injuries accountable.”
“We’re worried,” Taylor said, “and we’re working as quickly as we can to find a solution.”
The circumstances surrounding the woman’s disappearance previously describe as “strange” by North Port police.
“Someone who has been traveling and communicating with relatives and then suddenly goes black — that’s clearly strange,” Taylor told CNN on Tuesday.
Petito is describ as white, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and 110 pounds, with blonde hair, blue eyes, and numerous tattoos, including “Let it be” on her finger and forearm.
According to authorities, the FBI has established a nationwide hotline to collect tips: 1-800-CALL FBI (225-5324).
“We’ve received hundreds of tips so far, all of which are being verified by various agencies.
Please let us know if you have seen the vehicle pictured. and have any information that may be useful “According to the police,
With Petito’s family’s permission, a verified GoFundMe page put up to collect money and help in the hunt for her.
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