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Missing Gabby Petito: Utah Police Describe Physical Quarrels Between a Few Days Before She Disappeared

Missing Gabby Petito: Utah Police Describe Physical Quarrels Between a Few Days Before She Disappeared

About two weeks before Gabby Petito disappeared in Wyoming, she got into a physical fight with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, on a street in downtown Moab, Utah, according to a police report obtained by Fox News.

A witness called 911 around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 over “possible domestic violence” near the Moonflower Community Cooperative and said he saw Petito and Laundrie arguing over a phone.

“The driver of the van, a man, had some sort of quarrel with the woman, Gabbie,” a responding officer wrote in the report, referring to conversations he had with Petito, Laundrie and the witness.

“He tried to distance himself by telling Gabbie to go for a walk to calm down, she would not separate from the male and started beating him,” the report said. “He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed on him and the van, he tried to lock her out and succeeded except the driver’s door, she opened it and forced herself over him and into the car before it drove off. “

A respondent officer initially wrote that he believed “it was reported that the male had been observed for assaulting the woman”, but later wrote that “no one reported that the male beat the female.”

An officer eventually pulled the van over and said that as he approached, Petito was crying uncontrollably in the passenger seat.

One of the responding officers said that the incident “could more accurately be categorized as a” mental / emotional health breach “than a domestic assault,” and that “no significant injuries were reported”.

Laundrie stayed at a hotel that night while Petito stayed with the van, according to the report.

“Both the man and the woman reported that they are in love and engaged to get married and desperately did not want to see anyone accused of a crime,” the report said.

Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, said the incident was only a result of trapped stress from traveling together.

“Put yourself together with another person in a van 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for several months, and you can have an argument, right?” she told Fox News on Wednesday. “It’s irrelevant. It’s not a big deal.”

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The couple went on a road trip to visit national parks in early July and traveled through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and eventually Wyoming.

Petito’s last known location was on August 25 in Grand Teton National Park. Schmidt told Fox News that she received a text message from Petito’s phone on August 30 stating that there was no service in Yellowstone, but she does not believe the message was sent by her daughter.

Laundrie, meanwhile, was driving back to the Florida Gulf Coast by North Port, where their trip began Sept. 1, and the van was recovered by police at his family’s home on Sept. 11.

The North Port Police Department named him a person of interest in the investigation on Wednesday and said he is not cooperating with authorities.

“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through. We plead with everyone, including Brian, to share information with us about her whereabouts over the past few weeks. The lack of information from Brian prevents this investigation,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison on Wednesday.


Petito’s family has also expressed frustration over Laundrie’s lack of cooperation.

“This is supposed to be the love of your life, and you left her for sure at the end of August and were at home on September 1 without her,” Schmidt told Fox News on Wednesday. “Why don’t you tell us anything?”

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.

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