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Police are looking for Gabby Petito's boyfriend to collaborate in the investigation

2021-09-18T17:58:44.329Z

Investigators searching for Gabby Petito believe her fiancé and those around him are hiding critical information related to her disappearance.



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The family of 22-year-old Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie - who was reported missing by his family nearly a week ago - told police in North Port, Florida, they haven't seen him. as of Tuesday, according to police spokesman Josh Taylor.

"We've been trying to talk to his family all week, to talk to Brian, and now they called us on Friday, we went to the house and they say now that they haven't seen their son," Taylor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday. evening.

"So we're working on those details as we speak. It's another twist on this story."

The fiance's disappearance was confirmed by the Laundrie family's attorney.

  • A chronology of the case of Gabby Petito, the missing 22-year-old

In a statement sent Friday night to CNN, attorney Steven Bertolino said Brian Laundrie's whereabouts "is currently unknown."

He added: "The FBI is currently at Laundrie's residence removing belongings to help locate Brian. As of now, the FBI is looking for Gabby and Brian."

The FBI declined to comment on this statement when CNN requested verification.

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Separately, North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison wrote on Twitter late Friday that the conversation between Laundrie's family and police was complete.

The boss also called for calm and added: "Please let us work on this and the information will be available soon."

Police had previously visited the home, but the family declined to speak, instead giving authorities their attorney's information, Taylor said earlier this week.

Petito's family and their attorneys have pleaded with Laundrie's family for several days to speak with authorities and help them find the young woman.

The FBI released a new poster asking for help in the search for the young woman.

North Port City Police Chief Todd Garrison speaks during a news conference regarding the disappearance of Gabby Petito on September 16, 2021 in North Port, Florida.

(Photo by Octavio Jones / Getty Images)

"Two people went on a trip and one person returned"

On Thursday, Garrison said he believed the family was withholding critical information.

"I think Brian has the information," Garrison told CNN's Don Lemon.

"I think the people around Brian may have the information too, and we are pleading with those people to come forward. Please give us the information we need to find Gabby and reunite Gabby with her family, because she deserves it and her family deserves it. "

Petito, 22, was riding with Laundrie in his white 2012 Ford Transit pickup with Florida plates, police said.

On September 11, her family reported her missing, after not having heard from her since the end of August.

Police believe he was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming prior to his last contact with the New York-based family.

"We are conducting an investigation of a missing person. Two people went on a trip and one person came back. And that person is Brian. And we are looking for Gabby, and he is not willing to give us any information," Garrison told Don. CNN's Lemon on Thursday night.

Authorities believe Laundrie was the last person to see Petito before he disappeared.

On September 11, police found the van the couple was traveling in at the home Petito shared with Laundrie and his parents in North Port, Florida.

Laundrie reportedly returned to North Port on September 1, police said in a news release.

Petito and Laundrie were riding in this 2012 Ford Transit truck with Florida plates, North Port police say.

Laundrie's sister Cassie Laundrie told ABC's "Good Morning America" ​​in an interview that aired Friday: "My family and I want Gabby to be safe. She is like a sister and my children love her." .

"All I want is for her to come home safe and for this to be just a big misunderstanding," Cassie Laundrie said, adding that she hasn't been able to speak to her brother since she returned home.

The FBI office in Denver announced Thursday that it would join the investigation into Petito's disappearance.

"No data is too small or inconsequential to aid law enforcement efforts to get Ms. Petito home," the FBI Denver office said on Twitter, asking the public to submit any information to the FBI, including "possible sightings, photos and videos, or any other detail."

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"Do the right thing," says Petito's stepfather

Cassie Laundrie said she had spoken to police, but Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department told CNN: "That was news to me," adding that he cannot confirm that he spoke to North Port police. Port.

"I may have talked to the police, but I would not consider the family to have been totally cooperative," Taylor said.

"This started with us on Saturday when we showed up at the door and they basically handed us a sheet of paper with their attorney's contact information. That was the length of our conversation with Brian's parents. We have never spoken a word to Brian." .

Authorities are investigating some materials they found in the truck after processing them, although they did not clarify what exactly they found, Taylor said at an earlier news conference.

  • The search continues for Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old missing in the US.

And the Laundries have not spoken to Petito's family, who have been pleading for an appearance.

"We haven't had communication between our family and theirs. It's absolutely absurd. We don't understand why," Petito's stepfather James Schmidt told CNN affiliate Court TV.

Schmidt explained that he is in Jackson, Wyoming, as a link between his family and law enforcement while investigators search for Petito.

He said he believes Laundrie knows information about his stepdaughter's disappearance and is "hiding behind" his lawyer.

"He grew up with Gabby, they went to school together. They're not strangers. They've known each other for a long time," Schmidt said.

Schmidt approached Laundrie during the Court TV interview and asked him to release information that he may have in his possession.

"This is the love of your life. He's been on social media. You posted to your accounts. If that's true, do the right thing. You have to do it now. Stop waiting," Schmidt said.

Photos of Gabby Petito and her boyfriend / fiancé before their disappearance

"Right now we don't have a crime," police say

Garrison told CNN that his department is not working to obtain a search warrant for Laundrie's home because they have not concluded that a crime has occurred.

"To get a search warrant, you have to be linked to a crime. Right now, we don't have a crime," Garrison said.

He added that Laundrie has invoked his fifth amendment right, which generally means that a person cannot be compelled to make statements that he or she may feel could be negative or used against him.

The amendment is generally invoked so that a person can avoid answering specific questions.

"So I can't make him talk," Garrison said.

"All of our information has been directed through an attorney. That may change. The attorney may come in and say, 'Listen, Brian wants to give a statement now.'

However, the couple had a recent altercation with police in Moab, Utah.

Body camera footage from Moab Police shows an officer talking to Gabby Petito.

Last month, officers from the Moab City Police Department responded to reports of disorderly conduct involving Petito and Laundrie, which ended with a report describing them as "involved in some kind of altercation."

The report released by the police department indicates that Laundrie and Petito had a physical fight after an argument, but "both the man and the woman reported that they are in love and engaged to be married and that they did not wish to see anyone accused of a crime." , according to the report by police officer Eric Pratt.

Officers responding to the incident suggested that Laundrie and Petito should separate for the night, according to the report.

Petito is described by an agent as "confused and emotional".

"After evaluating the totality of the circumstances, I do not believe the situation has risen to the level of a domestic attack as much as a mental health crisis," wrote Officer Daniel Robbins in the police report.

No charges were filed.

Robbins wrote that Laundrie said the couple had been traveling together for "the last 4 or 5 months."

CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian, Mirna Alsharif, Christina Maxouris, Jenn Selva, Ben Norbitz, Andy Rose, Claudia Dominguez and Halimah Abdullah contributed to this report.

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