BLUE POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There are new developments within the seek for lacking Lengthy Island native Gabby Petito.
Her mother and father have issued one other pressing plea calling on her boyfriend Brian Laundrie to talk with investigators about her disappearance, together with the place he final noticed her.
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Petito, 22, disappeared whereas on a cross nation van journey with Laundrie.
Laundrie returned to their house in Florida, however Petito didn’t.
Wednesday, police in Moab, Utah confirmed that their officers responded to an incident involving the 2 on August 12.
The circumstances surrounding what introduced police to Laundrie and Petito weren’t launched.
“Our officers did reply to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August 2021 nonetheless, neither Brian or Gabrielle have been the reporting occasion. Officers performed an investigation and decided that inadequate proof existed to justify felony fees,” Moab Police stated in an announcement.
Petito’s household issued a brand new assertion Wednesday, calling on Laundrie to talk out about what he is aware of about her disappearance:
Day-after-day the seek for Gabby continues the Schmidt and Petito household turns into extra determined. They’re frantically trying to find solutions and data of their daughter’s disappearance whereas Brian sits within the consolation of his house.
Brian claims he desires to sit down within the background whereas we seek for Gabby within the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone nationwide parks.
Brian left Gabby within the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves whereas he sits within the consolation of his house. In his house!
Brian, how might you do that to Gabby? You selfishly stay silent whereas Gabby is on their lonesome within the wilderness.
Brian, your silence is reprehensible! We beg you to do the appropriate factor and assist us convey Gabby house.
Brian, no matter occurred in Wyoming, occurred. The one factor you possibly can management is what you do now. Inform us the place Gabby is.
You tarnish you like for her along with your silence.
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Police in North Port, Florida say they’re now the lead investigators within the case, and are working with the FBI and Suffolk County police. They’re calling Laundrie an individual of curiosity, which might be the case for anybody who was the final recognized contact of a lacking particular person.
Police say Laundrie returned to North Port on Sept. 1, 10 days earlier than Petito’s household reported her lacking. They are saying the van they used for the journey was discovered at Laundrie’s house, which he shares together with his mother and father, on Sept. 11.
Newest on Petito case Wednesday September 15, 11:30am. Please use 1-800 CALLFBI pic.twitter.com/NpkUEjoME5
— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 15, 2021
“As a father, I can imaging the ache and struggling Gabby’s household goes via. We’re pleading with anybody, together with Brian, to share data with us on her whereabouts previously few weeks. The lack of awareness from Brian is hindering this investigation. The solutions will finally come out. We are going to assist discover Gabby and we are going to assist discover anybody who could also be concerned in her disappearance,” stated North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.
Police have solely been given the title of Laundrie’s lawyer to ask their questions via. That lawyer, Steven Bertolino, is situated on Lengthy Island. He wouldn’t reply to questions on Gabby Petito’s whereabouts.
“It’s a really troublesome time for each the Petito household and the Laundrie household. On behalf of the Laundrie household, I hope that Miss Petito is situated and that she’s reunited along with her household,” he stated.
The seek for Petito is a multi-state effort — from Suffolk County, the place she departed, to Florida, the place she lives, and Wyoming, the place she was final heard from whereas mountain climbing in Grand Teton Nationwide Park.
“I most likely haven’t slept since Friday, haven’t eaten since Saturday,” her father Joseph Petito stated.
He stated he’s praying she might be discovered alive and effectively.
“When you’re mountain climbing a path and stuff like that and also you see her, you possibly can flip round ‘That’s Gabby … Gabby, right here is my cellphone. You want to name your people proper now,’” he stated.
Petito was documenting what seemed to be a cheerful journey with Laundrie on YouTube and on social media.
A Nationwide Parks Service spokesman stated, “We’re coordinating with a number of legislation enforcement businesses as a part of the investigation into Gabrielle Petito’s whereabouts. Because the investigation is ongoing, we shouldn’t have any additional data to offer at the moment.”
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All suggestions with data on Petito’s disappearance may be reported to 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).