- Gabrielle Petito is described as a white feminine, roughly 5 toes, 5 inches tall, and 110 kilos. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and several other tattoos, together with one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads “Let it be.”
- North Port Police officers mentioned that Petito’s fiancé, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, is now a person of interest in the case.
- According to Petito’s household, they had been final in contact along with her in the course of the last week of August. Prior to that, they believed she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
SARASOTA, Fla. — Authorities are looking for a lacking Florida girl who set out on a cross-country journey, and have recognized her fiancé as a person of interest after he returned from the journey with out her.
Agencies from a number of states and the FBI are looking for 22-year-old Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito after she was reported lacking Saturday by her household in New York.
The case has gained widespread consideration, with media protection from so far as the United Kingdom, as viewers of Petito’s YouTube channel speculate on her accomplice’s involvement in her disappearance.
During a news convention Wednesday, North Port Police officers mentioned that Petito’s fiancé, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, is now a person of interest in the case.
Law enforcement believes Laundrie drove Petito’s van from an unknown location again to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 — 10 days earlier than her household reported her lacking.
Petito’s whitevan has since been recovered by police at a residence in North Port the couple shared with Laundrie’s mother and father.
“The fact that her vehicle is back here in North Port with potentially the last person who may have been with her and isn’t speaking with us is concerning,” mentioned Josh Taylor, Noth Port Police communications supervisor.
According to police in Utah, the couple was stopped final month after a bodily altercation was reported in which Petito had slapped Laundrie. According to the responding officer, neither wished to file fees and agreed to spend the evening individually.
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After processing the van Tuesday, Taylor mentioned there have been “some materials” of doable interest, however no different particulars in regards to the contents had been launched.
Laundrie was dwelling on the time the van was seized however refused to talk with authorities about Petito’s disappearance. Instead, he employed a lawyer. The household has mentioned nothing concerning Petito’s whereabouts and solely communicated by the legal professional.
Steve Bertolino, Laundrie’s legal professional, launched a press release Tuesday.
“This is understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.”
The statement added: “On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family. On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”
Petito’s father, Joe Petito, appeared in a nationwide interview Wednesday morning on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” responding to the assertion.
“That wasn’t a statement,” he mentioned. “I’m sorry. That’s not a statement.”
“Forget Brian, Brian’s home safe,” Petito mentioned. “His parents, yeah it’s hard for them. Bulls—. You know what? My daughter is not here. Our daughter is not here. We don’t even know what state she’s in.”
Petito is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and 110 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads “Let it be.”
Petito documented her cross-country travels on her YouTube account called ‘Nomadic Statik.’ The last video was posted three weeks ago and includes clips of Petito and her boyfriend seemingly enjoying their trips.
Her Instagram account was taken down Wednesday morning, then put again up on-line. Authorities mentioned they did not take it down and do not know who did.
According to Petito’s family, they were last in contact with her during the final week of August. Prior to that, they believed she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Jim Schmidt, Petito’s step-father, also appeared on Fox and confirmed that he and other family members are in Wyoming searching for Petito.
“We’re here to help law enforcement do what they do best,” Schmidt said. “And that is to find Gabby.”
The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). It is the primary line for all information on Petito.
They are asking for anyone with information to reach out.
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