The boyfriend of a young American whose mysterious disappearance fascinates the United States, seen by the police as "person of interest for the investigation", has in turn disappeared for several days, according to his parents.
Gabby Petito, 22, had left New York in July with her partner Brian Laundrie, 23, the start of a van trip that was supposed to last four months and the stages of which were regularly shared by the couple on Instagram and YouTube, through photos and videos.
But on September 1, Brian Laundrie returned home alone with the van to their Florida home.
On September 11, Gabrielle Petito's family reported her disappearance, saying they had not heard from her since the end of August.
Gabrielle's family without news since the end of August
After following the lovers on social networks for weeks through the magnificent landscapes of the American West, Internet users began to mobilize to try to find the young girl, and the media took hold of the story.
Police have announced that they are currently treating Brian's disappearance after Gabrielle's as "a case of multiple disappearances."
"When we have details we will make a statement," tweeted North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.
On social media during their trip, the couple were seen smiling, kissing tenderly and walking hand in hand on the beach.
But a video made public by the police in Moab, a small town in Utah, has accentuated the confusion around the role played by her boyfriend.
Gabrielle Petito appears there in tears, in a car, the police having intervened for a marital dispute.
After Gabrielle's family - nicknamed Gabby - reported her missing, police questioned Brian and said he had given them "no information".
“Brian refuses to tell us where he last saw Gabby, or to explain why he left her alone,” lament Tara and Joe Petito.
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"Brian refuses to tell us where he last saw Gabby, or why he left her alone, bringing the van back." These are crucial questions that require immediate answers, ”pleaded the family of the traveler in a statement. The FBI has opened a hotline for anyone with information, social media is in full swing, and a pot created on GoFundMe to "raise funds to help find Gabby Petito" totaled more than $ 45,000 on Thursday.