Brian Laundry has also vanished after Gabby Petito went missing during the couple’s trip across the United States, according to authorities.
Police in Florida said they were working with the FBI to locate 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, Petito’s fiance, who is described as “a person of interest” in her disappearance late on Friday, raising more questions about Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito’s whereabouts.
John Gabby Petito, 21, and his partner, David Laundrie, 32, had been on a “van life” tour of the southwestern US. Last week, when Laundrie returned to Florida alone, her family reported her missing.
Laundrie’s family informed police they had not seen him since Tuesday but that they hadn’t informed authorities he was missing for three days, according to officials. According to police, the discussion on Friday evening was the first time they had spoken in-depth with Laundrie’s family at the request of his relatives. The attorney for the family contacted
“A person of interest” is someone who is being looked at by the police. A “missing person” is a person who cannot be found. The police said that this case had become a “multiple missing persons” case.
“All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing; he is hiding. Gabby is gone,” said Richard B Stafford, an attorney for the Gabby Petito family.
On Thursday, Utah cops published a video showing Petito and Laundrie fighting in Moab, a tourist town. Authorities and Gabby Petito’s family urged Laundrie’s relatives to assist the police.
Video, which was taken on August 12, depicts an officer pulling over the van in which Laundrie and Petito were riding after it was observed speeding and striking a curb near Arches National Park’s entrance. Petito is clearly disturbed.
“We’ve been fighting this morning,” she explains to a police officer. “Personal problems,” she adds.
“Sometimes I’m mean because I have OCD and get frustrated,” she explains. “I was cleaning and straightening up, and I was sorry to him since I’m so awful since I have OCD at times.”
“The male went to start the vehicle, and there was a minor dispute that began when he climbed into the van with unclean feet,” says Laundry. “I don’t want to pursue a domestic violence charge against Petito, who police believe was the aggressor.”
“I’m not going to do anything because she’s my fiancee, and I love her,” he adds. “It was just a disagreement. Sorry, it had to get so public.”
The furious Laundrie checked into a hotel, and Petito remained with the van while the cops in Moab kept them apart for the night.
She was reported missing by her parents one month later. She is now the object of a nationwide hunt. The Laundry had not responded to inquiries because his family did not report him missing.
The frustration of the investigators grew after Laundrie kept avoiding them. “Two people departed on a journey, and the only one returned!” Todd Garrison, the North Port police chief, tweeted on Wednesday.
On Long Island, the pair had been sweethearts throughout their school years before moving to Florida in 2019 to live with Laundrie’s parents in North Port, about 34 miles south of Sarasota. In July, they set off on their “van life” journey hoping to reach Oregon by Halloween, according to social media postings.
“We know you know the whereabouts of where Brian departed Gabby,” it added. “Please tell us. How can you allow us to go through this agony without assisting us as parents? How could you put Gabby’s younger brothers and sisters through this?”
The attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino, said they were hoping for Petito’s safe return but had asked them not to talk with investigators.
“I can’t say why he’s not talking,” Police Chief Garrison told ABC. “But he has the pieces we need to find, Gabby.”
Cassie Laundrie, the younger sister of the Laundries, said she wanted Petito to be found and for this “to be a big misunderstanding.”
According to GSP Chief John Garrison, the inquiry is still a missing person investigation. Because authorities were unsure where to start looking, no searches had been conducted.
“We’re still trying to pinpoint geographic regions,” he added. “There’s a lot of data we’re going through right now. Our goal is to locate Gabby.”
Joseph Petito, the father of Lauren Petito, said at a news conference: “I’m asking you to help me do whatever you can to ensure my daughter comes home safely. Nothing else is significant right now.”
North Port police said they could not rule out a link between the two murders, but they did not know of any connection.
On August 18, the bodies of Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were discovered. The women expressed their concerns to friends that a “creepy guy” may do them harm.