In mid-August, officers from the Moab City Police Department separated and spoke with the couple.
Moose, Wyoming – Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Ziv Ezra Cohen suggests that there is more to the bodycam footage of the Moab City, Utah, Police Department. Gabby Petito And Brian Laundry meets the eye and Laundry’s family may be in a state of denial.
Moab police released bodycam footage from August 12 last week, showing officers conversing with 22-year-old Petito and 23-year-old Laundry – a busy couple traveling cross-country in a Ford van they converted into a camper. Done – after a witness called 911 around two weeks. before that disappeared To Report a “Possible Domestic Violence” incident.
The caller was heard telling a dispatcher that the “gentleman was slapping the girl” and hitting her, Granthshala News confirmed Monday exclusively after receiving audio of the call.
“We don’t really know how widespread the fighting was,” Cohen, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College and staff member of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told Granthshala News. “… What we do know is that when he was pulled over by the police, she was very upset, and they were both downplaying their argument. I think that’s obvious. She blames it on her OCD.” She seems to be trying to deliver, and he talks about his dirty shoes. She also says that she is under a lot of stress.”
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In bodycam footage, Petito, who was reported missing on September 11, appears distressed and apologetic, while Laundry appears calm after what he described as a tense morning. Laundry tells police in the video that the scratch on his cheek came from Petito. While interrogating the two, the police separated them.
Cohen said that “such an imbalance of emotional state” between the pair, as seen in the officers’ bodycam footage, “raises a red flag” because Petito “doesn’t look like someone who is having a panic attack.” Or who is worried.”
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“She looks scared.” he said. “She looks so overwhelmed. … She was so emotional that it was very clear that an incident had happened and that there was some kind of problem she was struggling with.”
In part of the video, Petito blames her as having “OCD” because the fight started before police could answer the 911 call.
“People with OCD are not violent. OCD is not a risk factor for violence. If there was a conflict between them, then certainly OCD would not be fodder for something that would hurt them.” “It can lead to an argument. If she has OCD… she may be bothered by it, or she may be bothered by it, but people with OCD are not violent.”
While it’s possible the couple had a tense morning, as he described in the video, Cohen believes this was denied by the 911 caller who reported the physical violence.
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The psychiatrist also suggested that the couple may have been intoxicated in some capacity.
“They’re going on a van trip cross-country. They’re in the desert. Those are some of the settings in which young people use substances that can make them have an altered mental state. They can feel overwhelmed. They can be It’s a bad journey. And it can lead them to act irrational. It can even land them in a brawl,” he said.
Investigators discovered a body at a camp in the Teton-Bridger National Forest on Sunday Moose, Wyoming, Where passengers discovered Petito’s van in late August, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue confirmed it to Granthshala News Digital. The FBI later confirmed that the remains were consistent with Petito’s description.
Laundry returned home in North Port, Florida, where the couple lived with Laundry’s parents, 10 days before Petito’s family reported her missing on September 1, with no sign of her fiancé. Laundry’s parents said the last time they saw her was on September 14 and they were communicating through their lawyer. Cohen suggested that the family could somehow deny the matter involving their son.
“I think parenting instincts are very strong. There is also a parenting tendency to not see the worst in their children, and so when you find those two tendencies, that tendency to deny There is a tendency that one’s child may be involved. A crime and to protect them at all costs,” said the psychiatrist.
FBI agents entered the home of Laundry’s parents on Monday and temporarily removed them from the premises.
Granthshala News’ Greg Norman and Paul Best contributed to this report.