All-terrain searches were expected to continue until dark, as has been the case the last few days. As for whether the Carlton Reserve search would continue Friday, Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the North Port police department, said simply, “TBD.” Though she agrees that true-crime storytelling has largely focused on white women, Ms. Toumaian sees something different in Ms. Petito’s case. “I think people are so into it because it is happening in real time and because you can follow many of the clues yourself that Gabby and Brian left on social media,” she said.

The media fascination with the Petito case looks like racism to some Native Americans

The alleged altercation happened as Petito and Laundrie were driving toward Arches National Park, according to a police report. A responding officer reported that the couple’s van was traveling about 45 mph in a 15 mph zone. As the officer turned on the lights to pull over the van, it swerved and hit a curb before coming to a stop, according to the report. On Aug. 12, police in Moab, Utah, responded to a report of a “domestic problem” between Petito and Laundrie, according to police reports released this week.

His attorney issued the following statement on behalf of his client, addressing Laundrie’s silence. Laundrie allegedly returned to the North Port home he and Petito shared with his parents on September 1. Her family said that final message was “not normal behavior” for Petito and became more worried about her, according to police. They were driving Petito’s white 2012 Ford Transit van which, according to one of Laundrie’s posts on Instagram, they converted the interior to allow them to camp and cook meals inside of as they traveled. Exactly one year before they started their cross-country trip, Gabby Petito announced her engagement to Brian Laundrie on Instagram.

Gabby Petito Case: A Timeline of Events

Ultimately Moab police decided not to 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. “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. “We have resources and law enforcement partners that are out in the field following up tips and leads but as far as a grid search right now, we’re still trying to narrow down geographic areas,” he said. North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said Thursday no physical search teams are currently on the ground as investigators are working to narrow down areas to investigate.

Laundrie returned home to Florida in the couple’s white van on Sept. 1 without her. Schmidt thought the message was unusual because “Stan” was referring to Petito’s grandfather, but Petito never called him by his first name. “I was imploring with her to reevaluate the relationship, asking her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically saying this was an opportunity for her to find another path, to make a change in her life,” Hulls said.

An hour-long bodycam video from the Moab police department was captured of the Aug. 12 police stop of Laundrie and Petito. The footage has been another piece of the Petito case that has been widely scrutinized online. Petito appears to be upset and anxious for the duration of the bodycam video and can be seen apologizing and crying to the cop speaking to her.

But Laundrie said he thought Petito was trying to grab the wheel while he was driving, resulting in the swerve. The officer said Laundrie’s account “was not consistent with Gabrielle’s statement” and reported he saw scratches on Laundrie’s arm. Both he and his parents ignored pleas for information for days, even those from Gabby’s distraught family.

Laundrie and Petito had been living with his parents at the North Port home before the road trip on which she died. The search for Brian Laundrie, the fiance and person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito, is intensifying. Roughly 75 personnel from 16 different agencies were on the ground searching the 25,000-acre nature reserve, an area that includes swampy subtropical terrain replete with alligators, snakes, bobcats and other wildlife. There are more than 100 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, plus multiple camping areas and rivers. That fiance, Brian Laundrie, hasn’t been seen since last Tuesday, Sept. 14, when he told his family he was going to the sprawling Carlton Preserve for a hike.

Five days later, Petito posted from Bryce Canyon National Park, also in Utah. Posts later that month placed the couple at other landmarks around the state, including Mystic Hot Springs and Canyonlands National Park. Skeletal remains found in Florida were confirmed to be those of fiancé Brian Laundrie, who has been called a person of interest in Petito’s killing.

Before Laundrie went missing, his lawyer said in a statement that his client wouldn’t be speaking about the case. A letter addressed to Laundrie’s parents was read aloud in front of the news media on Sept. 16, 2021, which detailed Petito’s parents begging for help to find their daughter. After the 911 call, the couple was pulled over by Moab police on Aug. 12, 2021, and their encounter with officers was captured on body camera footage that has been publicly released. In the footage, Petito admits to striking Laundrie, while Laundrie admits to pushing his fiancée.

Petito’s family also issue a statement accusing Laundrie of refusing to tell them where he last saw his girlfriend. Petito’s family say they were still receiving texts from her phone until this date. Thelast text she sent her mothersaid she didn’t have service in Yosemite National Park in California. Laundrie flies home to North Port, Fla., from Salt Lake City alone “to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as contemplated extending the road trip,” Laundrie family lawyer Steven Bertolino said. Gabby Petito sits inside a Utah police officer’s car after cops responded to a 911 call regarding the couple.

Age, Nationality, Early Life

Anyone with information is asked to call CALL-FBI or visit Investigators searched for him there over the course of the weekend, temporarily suspended their operations Monday and got back on the ground Tuesday. He did refer to Ms Petito’s death as a “domestic violence” case, and said it was “unfortunate” that other similar killings failed to receive the same level of attention as this one. Dr Blue was repeatedly asked about Brian Laundrie’s involvement in the death, and declined to answer, saying that was a matter for law enforcement. Laundrie family lawyer Steve Bertolino released a statement after the autopsy results were confirmed.

“They are frantically searching for answers and information in their daughter’s disappearance while Brian sits in the comfort of his home.” Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds. As the days passed and Schmidt was unable to get a hold of her daughter, she grew increasingly concerned and officially reported her missing on Sept. 11. Before her death was confirmed on Sept. 21, Utah police responded to 911 call that reported an alleged “domestic problem” between the couple, with the caller saying Laundrie was “slapping” Petito.