Blue Point, New York (CBS New York) – There are new developments in the search for missing persons on Long Island Gabi Pettito.
Her parents issued another urgent appeal calling for her fiancé, Brian Laundry, to speak with detectives about her disappearance, including where he last saw her.
Pettito, 22 years old He disappeared while on a cross-country bus trip with Laundry.
Laundry returns home to Florida with Petito’s truck, but without it.
Wednesday, police in Moab, Utah, confirmed that their officers responded to an incident related to the two on August 12.
According to a police report, officers responded to the reported domestic abuse but concluded that no major injuries were reported and that it was “accurately categorized as a mental/emotional ‘break’ rather than a domestic abuse.”
Police say Pettit “was crying uncontrollably”. Laundry told the police that they got into an argument, and Pettit thought he’d leave her without a ride and went to slap him.
The report reads, “Bryan explained that he and Gabrielle had been traveling together for four or five months. That time caused emotional tension between them and increased the number of arguments. After the argument – “Gabrielle went crazy.”
Laundry allegedly told the police that he and Pettito had a mental condition and were not taking any medication.
According to the report, the police determined that the altercation did not amount to domestic abuse, and Londry and Pettito were asked to separate for the night. Laundrie was given a hotel room.
Pettito and Londry also told the police that they were engaged.
Watch Caroline Jossoff’s report –
The Pettito family released a new statement on Wednesday, inviting Laundry to speak about what he knows about her disappearance:
Every day the search for Gabe continues, the Schmidt and Pettito family become more desperate. They frantically search for answers and information about their daughter’s disappearance while Brian sits in the comfort of his home.
Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabe in the wilderness of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Brian Gabe is left in the wilderness with bears and wolves while sitting in his cozy home. in his home!
Brian, how can you do this to Gaby? You remain selfishly silent while Gabby is alone in the wilderness.
Brian, your silence is reprehensible! Please do the right thing and help us get Gabe home.
Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabi is.
You stain your love for her your mark.
Police in Northport, Florida, say they are now the lead investigators on the case, working with the FBI and Suffolk County Police. They call Laundry the Person of Interest, and this would be the case for anyone who had last known contact with a missing person.
Police say Laundry returned to Northport on September 1, 10 days before Pettito’s family was informed of her disappearance. They say the truck they used for the trip was found in Laundry’s home, which he shares with his parents, on 9/11.
Update on Pettito’s case Wednesday, September 15th, at 11:30 a.m. Please use 1-800 CALLFBI pic.twitter.com/NpkUEjoME5
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“As a father, I can only imagine the pain and suffering that Gabe’s family is going through. We appeal to anyone, including Brian, to share information with us about her whereabouts in the past few weeks. The lack of information from Brian is hampering this investigation. The answers will eventually emerge,” he said. Northport Police Chief Todd Garrison, “We will help find Gabe and we will help find anyone who may have been involved in her disappearance.”
I only gave the police the name of Laundry’s lawyer to ask their questions through. Attorney Stephen Bertolino is located in Long Island. He did not respond to questions about Gabi Pettito’s whereabouts and issued the following statement:
Many people wonder why Mr. Laundry did not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Pettito’s absence. In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in such cases, and the warning that “any statement made against you” is true, regardless of whether my client has anything to do with Ms. Pettito’s disappearance. Accordingly, and on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundry does not speak on this matter.
I have been informed that Northport, Florida police have designated Brian Laundry as a “Person of Interest” in the matter. This formal action has not really changed Mr. Laundry’s circumstances as he is the focus and concern of law enforcement and Mr. Laundry will continue to remain silent on counsel’s advice.”
“It is a very difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. On behalf of the Laundrie family, I hope Miss Petito is around and reunited with her family,” Bertolino told CBS2.
The North Port Police Chief directed this petition to Twitter, begging Bertolino to “arrange a conversation.”
Mr. Steven Bertolino, esq. The Tweet embed He needs your help finding Gabe Pettito. Please contact us to arrange a conversation with Brian Laundry. Two people left on a trip and one person returned! # A rose #FindGabby #vbitamba # Hahahahahahahaha https://t.co/4OaCk5eCjU
– President Todd Garrison (@NPPDPoliceChief) September 15, 2021
Searching for Petito is a multi-state effort – from Suffolk County, where she left, for Florida, where she lives, and Wyoming, where I last heard about her while hiking in Grand Teton National Park.
“Maybe I haven’t slept since Friday, and I haven’t eaten since Saturday,” her father, Joseph Pettito, said.
He said he was praying that she be found alive and well.
“If you’re walking down a trail and things like that and you see it, you can turn around ‘This is Gabby… Gabby, here’s my phone.'” You need to call your friends now,” he said.
Gabe Pettito was documenting what appeared to be a blissful adventure with Laundry on YouTube and on social media.
“Did Gabe offended? If he did, he would steal her car and drive her across state lines,” Joseph Pettito said.
He implores Laundry to speak.
“If nothing happened and he’s not guilty of anything and you’re trying to help, you’re doing it the wrong way,” he said. “Go out to the front lawn and start talking to people. Tell them where you last saw her. Tell them what happened last time. Tell them the truth.”
Police in Florida are filing the same petition.
“He needs to talk to us. We need to know exactly where he is, where she is, and their last locations,” said police information officer Josh Taylor in Northport, Florida. “If she is there, we are doing everything we can to get her home.”
Laundry’s lawyer says he’s the one who advises the young man to remain silent.
“On the advice of the attorney, the Landry family remains in the background,” Bertolino said.
“It’s not good enough. We need the details,” Taylor said.
a National Park Service The spokesperson said: “We are coordinating with several law enforcement agencies as part of the investigation into the whereabouts of Gabriel Pettito. As the investigation is ongoing, we do not have any further information to provide at this time.”
Police say they use every technology resource to search cell records, use apps, videos, graphics, and more.
All advice containing information about Petito’s disappearance can be reported to 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
CBS2’s Gina De Angelis contributed to this report. Editor’s note: This story first appeared on September 15, 2021.