No charges were filed and no significant injured
According to a police report obtained by Granthshala News, about two weeks before Gabby Petito went missing in Wyoming, she got into a physical fight with her fiancé, Brian Laundry, on a street in downtown Moab, Utah.
A witness called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. on August 12 at the Moonflower Community Cooperative on “potential domestic violence” and said he saw Petito and Laundry arguing over a phone.
“The driver of the van, a man, had some sort of argument with the woman, Gabby,” a response officer wrote in the report, citing conversations with Pettito, laundry, and the witness.
“The man tried to distance Gabby by asking her to go for a walk to calm down, she didn’t want to be separated from the man and started slapping her,” the report said. “He grabbed her face and pushed her back as he put pressure on her and on the van, she tried to lock it and succeeded by leaving her driver’s door open, he opened it and over her and into the vehicle. First forced him.”
A responding officer initially wrote that he believed “that the man was seen attacking the woman,” but later wrote that “no one reported that The man killed the woman.”
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An officer eventually pulled over the van and said that when he approached, Pettito was “crying uncontrollably” in the passenger seat.
One of the responding officers said the incident could be “more accurately classified as a mental/emotional health ‘break’ than a domestic assault,” and that “no significant injuries” were reported. .
Reportedly, Laundry stayed at a hotel that night, while Petito stayed with the van.
“Both the man and the woman reported that they are in love and engaged to be married and do not want to see anyone charged with a crime,” the report said.
Petito’s mom, Nicole Schmidt, said the incident was caused by the stress of traveling together.
“Put yourself in the van with someone else 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for months, and you can argue, right?” she told Granthshala News on Wednesday. “It’s irrelevant. It’s no big deal.”
Missing Gaby Petito: Utah Police Were Called Into Incident Involving Cross-Country Waning Couple
The couple set out on a road trip in early July to visit national parks, traveling through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and eventually Wyoming.
Petito’s last known location was in Grand Teton National Park on August 25. Schmidt told Granthshala News that she received a text from Petito’s phone on August 30 that said there was no service at Yellowstone, but she does not believe the message was sent by her daughter.
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Laundry, meanwhile, drove back to the Florida Gulf Coast town of North Port, where his journey began on September 1, and police recovered the van from his family home on September 11.
The North Port Police Department on Wednesday named him a person of interest in the investigation and said he was not cooperating with officers.
“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering that Gabby’s family is going through. We have been requesting anyone, including Brian, to share information about her whereabouts over the past few weeks. Brian A lack of information is hindering this investigation,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said on Wednesday.
Petito’s family has also expressed dismay at the lack of laundry support.
“It’s supposed to be the love of your life, and you definitely left him at the end of August and were safe at home without him on September 1st,” Schmidt told Granthshala News on Wednesday. “Why aren’t you telling us anything?”
Granthshala News’ Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.