- Gabrielle Petito is described as a white woman, measuring around five feet and five inches and weighing 110 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that says “Let it be”.
- North Port Police officials said Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, is now a person of interest in the case.
- According to Petito’s family, they were last in contact with her during the last week of August. Before that, they thought she was in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
SARASOTA, Florida – Authorities are looking for a missing Florida woman who has embarked on a cross-country trip and has identified her fiance as a person of interest after returning from the trip without her.
Multi-state agencies and the FBI are searching for Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito, 22, after she was reported missing by her family in New York on Saturday.
The case has garnered widespread attention, with media coverage reaching as far as the UK, as viewers of Petito’s YouTube channel speculate on his partner’s involvement in his disappearance.
At a press conference on Wednesday, North Port Police officials said Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, was now a person of interest in the case.
Law enforcement believes Laundrie returned Petito’s van from an unknown location in North Port, Fla. On September 1 – 10 days before his family reported his disappearance.
Petito’s van has since been recovered by police from a North Port residence the couple shared with Laundrie’s parents.
“The fact that her vehicle is back here in North Port with potentially the last person who could have been with her and is not speaking with us is of concern,” said Josh Taylor, communications manager for Noth Port Police.
According to Utah Police, the couple were arrested last month after a physical altercation was reported in which Petito slapped Laundrie in the face. According to the Respondent Officer, neither of them wanted to press charges and agreed to spend the night separately.
Background:The vehicle of a missing North Port woman has been found, the woman has still not been found
After dealing with the van on Tuesday, North Port Police Communications Director Josh Taylor said there were “some documents” of possible interest, but no further details of the content were released.
Laundrie was at home when the van was seized, but refused to speak to authorities about Petito’s disappearance. Instead, he hired a lawyer. The family did not say anything about Petito’s fate and only communicated through the attorney.
Steve Bertolino, Laundrie’s lawyer, released a statement Tuesday.
“This is naturally an extremely difficult time for the Petito family and the Laundrie family. According to our information, a search has been arranged for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.”
The statement added: “On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito will be successful and that Miss Petito will be reunited with her family. On the advice of the lawyer, the Laundrie family remains in the background. stage moment and will have no further comments.
Petito’s father, Joe Petito, appeared in a nationwide interview Wednesday morning on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” in response to the statement.
“It was not a statement,” he said. “I’m sorry. This is not a statement.
“Forget Brian, Brian is safe at home,” said Petito. “Her parents, yeah it’s hard on them. Bulls —. You know what? My daughter isn’t here. Our daughter isn’t here. We don’t even know what condition she is in.”
Petito is described as a white woman, measuring around 5 feet, 5 inches, and 110 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that says “Let it be”.
Petito documented his travels across the country on his YouTube account called “Nomadic Statik”. The latest video was posted three weeks ago and includes clips of Petito and his boyfriend apparently enjoying their travels.
Her Instagram account was deleted Wednesday morning, then put back online. Authorities said they did not remove it and did not know who did.
According to Petito’s family, they were last in contact with her during the last week of August. Before that, they thought she was in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Jim Schmidt, Petito’s stepfather, also appeared on Fox and confirmed that he and other family members are in Wyoming looking for Petito.
“We’re here to help law enforcement do what they do best,” Schmidt said. “And that’s to find Gabby.”
The FBI has set up a nationwide hotline to receive advice at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). This is the main line for all information on Petito.
They ask anyone with information to contact them.