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The family of missing YouTuber Gabby Petito have called on the family of her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, to help them find their daughter. The family asked them “as parents, how can you put us through this pain” and begged them to at least tell them where Ms Petito was left, or if they are even looking in the right area. The family also revealed they do not believe Ms Petito’s final text message on 30 August actually came from her.
Ms Petito and her fiancé were reportedly arguing and hitting each other, according to a police report from Utah. The couple, who were on a road trip in Ms Petito’s van, were spotted having an argument in Moab City, Utah on 12 August. The police determined the incident was a “mental health break” rather than a domestic assault situation and separated the couple for the night. Bodycamera footage of a police encounter with the couple shows Ms Petito crying over the argument she and Mr Laundrie had been having during their trip.
On Wednesday, the North Port Police Department in Florida announced they were treating Ms Petito’s fiancé as a person of interest in their investigation. He has thus far refused to cooperate with law enforcement. Ms Petito’s family released a statement begging him to assist police in their search for the woman.
Ms Petito disappeared while on a road trip with her fiancé, Mr Laundrie, who returned without her, prompting a frantic search for the 22-year-old woman that began on 11 September.
Nicole Schmidt, Ms Petito’s mother, said the last time she spoke with her daughter was 30 August, but because it was a text she cannot be sure that she was actually speaking with the woman. Before that the mother and daughter video chatted on 23 or 24 August.
When her daughter did not check in after Mr Laundrie returned early from their road trip, she grew concerned and eventually the family alerted the police.
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North Port police chief explains why he can’t force Brian Laundrie to talk
Commenters on social media have expressed frustration that police investigating the disappearance of Gabby Petito have not forced her fiancé Brian Laundrie to speak with them.
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison explained why they can’t force Mr Laundrie – or any American – to cooperate with them.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley goes in-depth below…
Brian Laundrie’s refusal to cooperate with his girlfriend’s disappearance has angered family and police
Gabby Petito’s friend describes her and fiancé Brian Laundrie as “couple goals”
A friend of Gabby Petito’s described her and her fiancé Brian Laundrie as “couple goals” who were “always smiling,” NBC2 reported.
The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more of the friend’s perspective – and her reaction to the news that Ms Petito is missing – below…
The friend said she could not help but cry when she learned of Ms Petito’s disappearance
Gabby Petito’s family do not believe she sent the final text her mother received on 30 August
During a press conference on Thursday the lawyer representing Gabby Petito’s family revealed that they do not believe that a text sent from Ms Petito’s phone on 30 August actually came from her.
The final text said “No service in Yosemite.”
Nichole Schmidt, Ms Petito’s mother, said the last time she video chatted with her daughter was on 25 August.
The family of Gabby Petito calls on Brian Laundrie’s family to help them find their daughter
Gabby Petito’s family issued a letter to the family of her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, asking for their help locating the missing woman.
“As a parent, how can you put us through this pain?” they asked.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley digs deeper into the letter below…
‘They’re at the point that their desperation is turning to anger,’ says Petito family lawyer
Gabby Petito’s family calls on Laundrie family to help them find their daughter
Gabby Petito’s family called on her fiance, Brian Laundrie’s family to help them find their daughter.
The family made their plea through a press conference held by their lawyer.
The family said they understood the Laundrie’s “instinct to protect their son” but asked “as parents how could let us go through this pain?”
They asked for the Laundries to tell them where Ms Petito was left, or “even if we’re looking in the right place.”
Florida journalist shares scene of media frenzy outside Brian Laundrie’s house
A journalist in Florida recorded the scene outside Brian Laundrie’s house, where he and Gabby Petito lived with his parents.
Reporters can be seen lining the residential street with cameras pointed at the house.
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Gabby Petito’s father pleads for the public and the friends and family of the Laundries to help him bring his daughter home
Joe Petito, the father of Gabby Petito, participated in a North Port Police Department press conference on Thursday, calling on the public and on Brian Laundrie’s family to help him bring his daughter home.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley recaps the press conference and the father’s call for help in the story below…
‘Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter comes home, I’m asking for that help,’ says Joe Petito
North Port police chief says Gabby Petito’s van is undergoing a forensic examination and said he cannot force her fiance to speak
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison held a press conference Thursday at noon to discuss the latest updates on the search for Gabby Petito. During the appearance he revealed that the van the couple had been living out of during their road trip was currently undergoing a forensic examination.
Yesterday a spokesman for the city of North Port told reporters that “materials” had been recovered from the inside of the van, but did not reveal details concerning those items.
Mr Garrison also took questions from reporters, several which asked why he could not just haul Brian Laundrie, Ms Petito’s fiance, in for questioning. He reminded the reporters that Mr Laundrie has 5th Amendment Rights under the US Constitution. Mr Laundrie is well within his rights to refuse speaking to the police.
Explore the strange connection between the disappearance of Gabby Petito and the murders of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner
Gabby Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundrie, fought outside the Moonflower Co-op in Moab City, Utah, on 12 August. On 14 August, one of the employees of the co-op, Kylen Schulte, and her wife Crystal Turner, are believed to have been murdered in the nearby mountains.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley examines the odd connection in the story below…
‘We’re definitely still grieving the loss… and then this brings it back to the forefront of our minds,’ says Moonflower Co-op staffer