The search for missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito continues. The Long Island woman was in the midst of a months-long van journey with boyfriend Brian Laundrie. Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1, got a lawyer, and has since refused to cooperate with police despite being named a “person of interest.”
New information released by authorities shows that van life was putting stressors on the couple’s relationship. On August 12, the couple was in Utah when police were called over a fight between them inside and outside of a local grocery store. Onlookers called 911, and now bodycam footage of the situation has been released.
“The driver of the van, a male, had some sort of argument with the female, Gabbie,” a responding officer wrote in the report, per Fox News.
“The male tried to create distance by telling Gabbie to go take a walk to calm down, she didn’t want to be separated from the male, and began slapping him,” the report said.
“He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van, he tried to lock her out and succeeded except for his driver’s door. She opened that and forced her way over him and into the vehicle before it drove off.”
After speaking with both Petito and Laundrie, as well as those who witnessed the incident, it was determined it was more of a “mental/emotional health break than a domestic assault.”
Police then got Laundrie a hotel room, while Petito stayed in the van for the night, with the hopes the two would cool down.
Gabby Petito’s loved ones are continuing to use their platform to urge Brian Laundrie to speak with police. “The one person that can help find Gabby refuses to help,” Petito’s family said in a statement.
“Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida. These are critical questions that require immediate answers.”