“He needs to talk to us,” Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port, Florida, police division, mentioned in a news briefing. “We need to know exactly where he was, where she was, their last locations and that the fact that he was back here for 10 days. … The family reported her missing 10 days later.”
Petito’s household reported the 22-year-old missing September 11. They mentioned they had been final in touch with her over the last week of August, in response to North Port police.
Her car was recovered September 11 on the North Port dwelling she shared with Laundrie and his mother and father, the discharge mentioned, including that Laundrie allegedly returned to North Port on September 1.
The car was processed and “there was some material in there” that authorities shall be going via, Taylor mentioned at Wednesday’s news convention. He didn’t present additional info on the fabric.
There is at the moment no search warrant for that dwelling, Taylor mentioned.
Authorities went to the house Saturday asking to talk to Laundrie and his household however “we were essentially handed the information for their attorney,” Taylor mentioned.
“That is the extent of our conversation with them,” Taylor mentioned. “It’s my understanding we have had some conversations with his attorney but certainly nothing to the level of providing us the details that we would like.”
North Port police are main the investigation, with assist from the FBI. Petito’s mother and father had reported her missing to the police division in Suffolk County, New York.
Laundrie household is ‘remaining within the background’
In an announcement launched Tuesday, Petito’s mother and father, Nicole Schmidt and Joseph Petito, mentioned Laundrie was refusing to inform them the place he final noticed their daughter and “refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida.”
An legal professional representing the Laundrie household mentioned in an announcement Tuesday the household is “remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment” on the recommendation of counsel.
“It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” Laundrie household legal professional Steven Bertolino mentioned within the assertion.
In response to that assertion, Petito’s mother and father begged the Laundrie household to as an alternative “help find who Brian referred to as the love of his life.”
“How does Brian stay in the background when he is the one person that knows where Gabby is located?” their assertion mentioned.
Police name circumstances of disappearance ‘odd’
In Wednesday’s news convention, Taylor mentioned police are doing “everything we can to bring her home safely or potentially hold anybody responsible for hurting her accountable.”
“We are concerned and we’re working as quick as we can to get a resolution,” Taylor mentioned.
“Someone who’s been traveling and contacting family and then all of a sudden goes dark — that’s obviously odd,” Taylor advised CNN on Tuesday.
Police say Petito is White, about 5 toes, 5 inches tall and 110 kilos, with blonde hair, blue eyes and several other tattoos, together with one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads “Let it be.”
The FBI has arrange a nationwide hotline — 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324) — to obtain ideas, police mentioned.
“So far, we have received hundreds of tips which are being vetted through multiple agencies. If anyone has seen the van photographed and information which might be helpful, please let us know,” police mentioned.
“Our Trust and Safety Team is working with the GoFundMe organizer to ensure the funds are transferred directly to the family,” GoFundMe communications supervisor Kelsi Gantt confirmed in an e-mail to CNN.
CNN’s Jenn Selva and Claudia Dominguez contributed to this report.
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