Gabby Petito fiancé Brian Laundrie 'is not missing, he is hiding,' attorney for her family says
The search for the now-missing fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito is focused on a Florida nature reserve, where 50 officers from five local agencies and FBI agents are scouring the area, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account During a Saturday news conference, Taylor said Laundrie has an "enormous amount of pressure" on him to provide answers following Petito's own disappearance.Brian Laundrie's family told police Friday night they have not seen the 23-year-old since Tuesday.
Local and federal authorities are looking for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family over the weekend after she had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account
Laundrie returned to the pair's North Port, Florida, home earlier this month without Petito and is now refusing to talk to authorities, police say. Petito's family and their attorneys have pleaded with Laundrie and his family to cooperate and help bring the girl home.
An attorney for the Laundrie family said in a Tuesday statement his family is "remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment" on the advice of counsel.
Search for Gabby Petito boyfriend continues after body found
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities said a body discovered in northern Wyoming was believed to be that of a 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a cross-country trek with a boyfriend now the subject of an intense search in a Florida nature preserve. The FBI said the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park. The causeThe FBI said the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park.
Petito is White, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 110 pounds, with blonde hair, blue eyes and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads, "Let it be." The FBI has set up a national hotline -- 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324) -- to receive tips.
Here's what we know about the timeline in the case of the missing woman.
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said in a Thursday news briefing that Petito and Laundrie -- who Garrison described as the woman's fiancé -- embarked on a cross-country trip in June.
They planned to travel in Petito's white Ford van to the West Coast and visit state national parks across the Western United States, Garrison said.
She had been excited to share her journey with her family and others on social media, he said.
Remains of Gabby Petito believed to be found; search underway for boyfriend Brian Laundrie: What we know
Authorities in at least two states were working Monday to solve the mystery of Gabby Petito, hours after the FBI announced that remains were found.Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, had been high school sweethearts on Long Island, New York. Laundrie's parents later moved to North Port, Florida, and Petito and Laundrie were living with them when they began their cross-country expedition.
"She maintained regular contact with her family members during her travels, however that communication abruptly stopped around the end of August," the police chief added.
August 12, 2021
Moab, Utah, police had an encounter with the couple on August 12, where officers described them as having "engaged in some sort of altercation." © Moab Police Department Bodycam footage from Moab police shows an officer talking with Gabby Petito.
Although the two are described as getting into a physical fight following an argument, "both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime," a report from officer Eric Pratt said.
At officers' suggestion, the couple separated for the night, the report said, which described Petito as "confused and emotional."
"After evaluating the totality of the circumstances, I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis," officer Daniel Robbins wrote in the police report. No charges were filed.
Gabby Petito Timeline: What We Know So Far
The 22-year-old vlogger went missing following a cross-country trip with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who later returned home alone.Laundrie returned home from the trip alone at the start of September and was last seen around mid-September.
© Moab Police Department Bodycam footage from Moab police that shows them talking with Brian Laundrie.
The couple each had their own cell phones in case of emergency, the report added.
Last week of August
Petito's family told police they were last in contact with her during the last week of August, North Port police said.
Before that last communication, Petito is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, police say.
In a Thursday news conference, Petito family attorney Richard Stafford said the family's last communication with Petito was August 30, but they do not believe the message they received was from Petito. He declined to share what the message said or why they did not believe it was her writing.
September 1, 2021
Laundrie returned to the couple's North Port home, where his parents also live, on September 1, according to police.
The white vehicle Petito and Laundrie had been traveling in was later recovered by police at the home. It was processed and "there was some material in there" that authorities will be going through, North Port police spokesperson Josh Taylor said at a news briefing on Wednesday.
Body Found in Wyoming Confirmed to Be Missing 22-Year-Old Gabby Petito, Who Died by Homicide
The body found in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday has been identified as Gabby Petito, the New York woman who vanished during a cross-country road trip with her fiancé , Brian Laundrie. © Provided by People Gabby Petito Instagram According to a tweet by the FBI's Denver field office, Petito died by homicide. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie quietly returned to his parents' Florida home without her — prompting a search through the Wyoming wilderness where authorities believe she was last seen.
© From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account.
September 11, 2021
After not being able to get in touch with her, Petito's family -- who lives in New York -- reported her missing on Saturday evening to the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department.
North Port authorities went to Laundrie's home on Saturday night asking to speak to him and his family but "we were essentially handed the information for their attorney," Taylor, the police spokesperson, said.
"That is the extent of our conversation with them," Taylor said.
In a letter read by Stafford, the Petito family attorney, during police's Thursday news briefing, the missing woman's family begged for Laundrie's family to help in the investigation.
"Please, if you or your family have any decency left, please, tell us where Gabby is located," Stafford said. "Tell us if we are even looking in the right place. All we want is for Gabby to come home. Please help us make that happen."
He said Petito's family reached out to Laundrie's family earlier this month for any information on where Petito may be, but his family refused to answer.
"We haven't been able to sleep or eat, and our lives are falling apart," the Petito family's letter added. © North Port Police Photos of Petito's van, released by North Port police.
Gabby Petito's Father Asks Supporters to Be 'Inspired' at Funeral Held for N.Y. Woman .
Gabby Petito's body was found last Sunday near Wyoming's Grand Teton National ParkServices for the 22-year-old woman took place in Holbrook, N.Y. after Gabby was found dead last Sunday. Officials have since determined her death was a homicide.