Police step up searches for Brian Laundrie, fiance of Gabby Petito

US police are still looking for Brian Laundrie, who is engaged to Gabby Petito. Searches are also underway with divers trying to find evidence in the marshy terrain of the Carlton Nature Reserve in Florida.

Authorities say the help of divers is needed in the investigation after Sarasota police found a van with a boat trailer on the reservation where the girl’s body was discovered.

The autopsy confirmed that the remains found last Sunday in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest belong to 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who disappeared during a trip with her fiance.

According to the FBI, the Teton County coroner considered the death a homicide in the preliminary analysis. However, “the cause of death remains pending on the final autopsy results.”

The fiance, Brian Laundrie, continues to be considered a person of interest in the case. “Anyone who has any information regarding the case or knows Mr. Laundrie’s whereabouts should contact the FBI,” Special Agent Michael Schneider asked.

The young woman had been missing since September 11, while traveling with her partner. The last contact her parents had with her was when the two travelers were in the Grand Teton National Park area in Wyoming.

The FBI searched and collected several objects at the home of Brian Laundrie, 23, who the family said disappeared a week ago, three days after his girlfriend’s disappearance was reported.

New data give an account of domestic violence case

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gabrielle Petito and, later, her boyfriend thickens as new data about the case are revealed.

On Aug. 12, about a month before the 22-year-old was reported missing, police in Moab, Utah, responded to an allegation of domestic violence involving the couple. Young people will have been involved in physical confrontations after an argument. After being approached by the authorities, who, through the witness’ description, managed to locate the couple’s van, Gabby admitted the guilt and said she had mental health problems and that, therefore, she tried to attack her fiancé.

According to Reuters, according to the 911 report, the assailant was 23-year-old Brian. “I would like to report a case of domestic violence”, the witness began by saying, in the call that lasted about 49 seconds.

“The man was hitting the girl, they ran up and down the sidewalk. He started hitting him and they left,” he adds.

The incident report, prepared by policeman Daniel Robbins, revealed that “both said they were in love and about to get married and that they didn’t want any of them to be accused of a crime.” After assessing the circumstances, I don’t believe the situation escalated to the level of domestic violence or a mental health crisis,” said Robbins.

Gabby Petito left her job to travel across the United States in July in a van with her fiance, documenting the trip on Instagram using the ashtag #vanlife. More than two weeks ago, Laundrie returned home alone to North Port, Florida, with the van and gave no further explanation.

The body was found on Sunday, but the police investigation is continuing and the FBI has asked anyone with information or who may have seen the couple in recent months, especially between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, to contact the authorities.

Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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