Police in Utah have just been called to the fight between missing YouTuber Gabi Pettito and her boyfriend Brian Laundry Days before she disappearedAccording to the police report.
A witness called the Moab City Police Department at about 4:45 p.m. on August 12 to say he “feared the worst” after witnessing the couple being beaten in their truck.
Officer Daniel Robbins said the couple appeared to be going through a “mental health crisis,” according to a police incident report he obtained. independent.
The officer reported that the couple had a mental illness that made them argue more, and that they did not take medication during their cross-country trip in a converted Ford Transit truck.
“That time I had created emotional tension between them and added to the number of arguments,” Mr. Robbins wrote.
Ms Pettito, 22, was seen walking out of a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundry on August 24.
The last time her family heard about her was the next day when she told them she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and was on her way to Yellowstone.
Mr. Laundrie is named after a “Someone interesting” By Northport Police, Florida, on Wednesday after returning to his parents’ home alone. He has so far The veiled policeInstead, she referred them to the family’s attorney and did not report her missing.
On Wednesday afternoon, Petitto’s mother Nicole Schmidt issued a new plea to Mrs. Laundry to come forward with any information he might have about her whereabouts.
Schmidt, in a statement through her attorney, Richard Stafford, said their search is getting more desperate every day.
“Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabe in the wilderness of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks,” she wrote.
Brian Gabe was left in the wild with bears and gray wolves while sitting in his cozy home. In his own home!
“Brian, how can you do this to Gabby?” asked Ms. Schmidt, adding that his silence was “reprehensible”.
Mrs. Schmidt pleaded with Mr. Laundry to come forward with what he knew.
“Brian, everything that happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabe is.”
Early on August 12, the day of the alleged quarrel between the couple, Ms Pettito posted several photos on her Instagram account. Among them were several herself standing under the famous Delicate Arch in the National Park, and one of them being he and Mr. Laundry.
I described hiking to the arch at 7 am, and meeting other hikers along the trail.
“We also camped for one night in Devils’ Garden with our tent covered to sleep and watch the stars, trying to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower,” she wrote.
Later that afternoon, the couple began arguing in the middle of Moab, and according to the police, Laundry told his girlfriend to go for a walk while they both calmed down.
Two police officers, Mr. Robins and Eric Pratt, responded to the incident, writing reports on what they saw.
Mr. Robbins wrote that Mr. Laundry tried to lock his girlfriend out of the truck, but she managed to get in through the driver’s door.
“He got into their truck and Gabriel went crazy. Brian said that Gabriel, who she thought he would leave in Moab without a ride, went to slap him,” Mr. Robbins wrote.
“When Gabrielle started to swing, Brian pushed her away to avoid the slap.”
According to the statement, Ms. Pettito was lopsided but still caught Laundry’s face and right arm, leaving visible scratches.
When police stopped the couple’s pick-up truck, Laundry said he believed Ms Pettito “grabbed the wheel of the truck and pulled it, causing the truck to hit the curb.”
Mr. Robbins said he did not believe the incident had “escalated to the level of domestic abuse”.
He decided to separate the couple for the night so they could “reset their mental state”.
Despite the couple’s desire to stay together, the police arranged for Laundry to spend the night at a hotel across Seekhaven, a family crisis center in Moab.
Mrs. Pettito stayed in the van all evening.
“I instructed both Brian and Gabriel to take advantage of this time away from each other to ease their emotions and regain control of their anxiety.
“I’ve also asked them to avoid contact with each other until the clear morning if possible.”
Officer Robbins said Ms. Pettito said she had no intention of harming her fiancé. He said she was crying and breathing hard the whole time they talked.
The second officer who attended, Eric Pratt, said he was able to confirm the accounts of Mr. Laundry, Ms. Pettito and an eyewitness who all gave a “similar and consistent story”.
He stated that Mr. Laundry “grabbed (Gabi)’s face and pushed her back” during the altercation.
“No one mentioned that the male hit the female, both…they reported being in love and betrothed to marriage and didn’t badly want to see anyone accused of a crime.”
The police report indicated that Ms Pettit was about 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) and 110-120 pounds (50-54 kg), “while her fiancé is much larger, taller and heavier than her”.
“He had no fear and had no indications that he might be a victim of ‘beaten friend syndrome’ etc.”
The FBI has set up a hotline for anyone with information about Pettito’s disappearance.
Anyone with information on her location or anyone who has seen her truck should call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).