The Moab City Police Department in Utah released body camera footage of their interaction with Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie from back on August 12.
The body camera captures officers responding to a 911 call reporting a domestic incident between Petito and Laundrie.
Officers located the white van and pulled it over. The more than hour-long video shows police immediately separating Gabby Petito and Laundrie before each describes the incident that led to the 911 call.
Petito is emotional as she described the incident.
In the police report, Laundrie is listed as the victim and Petito as the suspect, but Chief Bret Edge said there was not enough evidence for charges.
“Neither Brian nor Gabrielle were the reporting party,” he said. “Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”
The officer summarized the encounter in the report.
“The male tried to create distance by telling Gabbie to take a walk to calm down,” he wrote. “She didn’t want to be separated from the male, and began slapping him. He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van.”
Police said all parties agreed that Petito had slapped Laundrie and that he had not struck her, and that there were no serious injuries and no party wanted to press charges.
Petito reportedly told officers she suffers from serious anxiety and other redacted medical conditions, and police categorized the incident as a “mental/emotional health break” rather than a domestic assault. Petito told police that the arguments between the couple had been building over the past couple of days.
They agreed to separate for the night, and police helped Laundrie get a hotel room while Petito took possession of the van.
According to police, the couple did not wish to separate, but officers required them to do so in lieu of no charges being filed. A responding officer deemed Laundrie to be “at low risk of danger or harm as a result of his proximity to his fiancee Gabbie.”
Here is the full video of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie’s interaction with police:
Gabby Petito, 22, has been missing since late last month. A national hotline has been set up for tips: 1-800-225-5324.
Brian Laundrie, who returned home to North Port, Fla., on his own after the couple went on a cross-country trip, has lawyered up and refused to cooperate with the police. However, Police have named him as a person of interest.
This is a timeline of events including Gabby Petito’s trip before her disappearance, according to investigators and information provided to authorities by family members:
- July 2, 2021 – Gabrielle Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie leave New York in white Ford van and travel west on cross-country road trip, both Laundrie and Petito posting frequently on Instagram
- August 12 – Utah police officers respond to incident involving Petito and Laundrie, reported by third party. No charges filed.
- August 19 – Petito posts YouTube video ‘Beginning Our Van Life Journey’ documenting the initial stages of their road trip
- August 21 – Petito’s father and stepmother speak to Gabby in their last FaceTime call with her while she was in Utah
- August 25 – Petito posts on Instagram for the last time with caption of ‘Happy Halloween’
- August 30 – Petito’s mother receives her final communication from Gabby’s phone, in the form of a text. Family believes Petito was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
- September 1 – Laundrie returns home to North Port alone
- September 11 – Petito is reported missing by family. On the same day, white Ford van is found in North Port at Petito and Laundrie’s home
- September 13 – Local authorities & the FBI release information to the public asking for tips on Petito’s whereabouts
- September 14 – Laundrie’s lawyer releases statement saying Laundrie will be ‘remaining in the background’ of the investigation
- September 14 – Petito’s family releases statement begging Laundrie to come forward with information on Petito’s whereabouts
- September 15 – North Port police name Laundrie as person of interest, describe him as uncooperative with investigation