Gabby Petito’s boyfriend’s return to home alone; raises suspicion about her wellbeing among her family and friends. According to the news, the 22 years old Petito had gone for a cross-country trip with her boyfriend in the early days of July. She was reported missing on Saturday.
According to the news, Brian Launderie has refused to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies. The couple had been together for more than two years and used to live together in North Port, Florida. Launderie reportedly returned home alone well before the set date of return.
Nicole Schmidt, mother of Gabby Petito told the police that usually she used to have video calls with her daughter almost two or three times a week but it has been well over a month since she last chatted with her daughter. According to her, the last time she video called Petito was back on either August 23 or 24.
The family reported their daughter missing after they didn’t have any contact with her for days. Schmidt stated “the first couple of days, though I wasn’t getting responses, I believed she was in a place with no service. It was like day eight or nine when I really became concerned.”
According to the police officials, Gabby Petito was last spotted at the Salt Lake City hotel along with her boyfriend Brian Launderie. She was exploring the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming where she was last located.
The police have declared Brian as the Person of interest at the moment and have confiscated his 2012 Ford transit van which the couple was driving during their cross-country trip.
Josh Taylor, a representative of the North Port Police Department stated “you had someone who was in constant communication with their family on a pretty regular basis. Then, all of a sudden nothing. Then, all of a sudden, the person she was traveling with is back here and she’s not here. That person is unwilling to talk with us to this point. All of that is very, very concerning.”
Even though Brian Launderie has rejected all offers to cooperate with the enforcement officials, the family did release a statement saying “it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family. On the advice of counsel, the Launderie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.