Laundrie’s parents told investigators they last saw him on September 14, three days after Petito went missing. His parents told police he left their home with a backpack, claiming he was on his way to the nearby Carlton reservation.
This weekend, the laundry search became more critical when authorities found Petito’s remains in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Coroner ruled his death a homicide
Petito’s family have requested confidentiality after his remains were found, only commenting on the woman they described as happy, loving and adventurous online and at some of the many memorials held in his honor.
But on Tuesday afternoon, the family are expected to hold a press conference, according to the law firm of Richard Stafford, who represents the family.
Audio Dispatch sheds more light on a dispute
The first reports of conflict between the two arrived on August 12, when a 911 caller in Moab, Utah, told dispatchers he wanted to report a domestic dispute and described a white pickup truck with a license plate. ‘registration in Florida.
“We walked past and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said. He went on to say, “Then we stopped. They ran on the sidewalk. He started hitting her, jumped in the car and they drove away. “
CNN obtained audio recordings of a dispatch from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, which shed light on what Moab police had been told of “some sort of altercation.”
According to the audio, the dispatcher told the officer that “a man hit a woman” and they got into a white Ford Transit van.
Police located the white van and issued a stop near the entrance to Arches National Park. Petito and Laundrie were in the van.
In his police report, Officer Eric Pratt said Petito slapped Laundrie in the face, “who grabbed her face and pushed her away as she pressed against him and the van.”
Another officer who responded, Daniel Robbins, said Petito had “entered a manic state” when Laundrie attempted to “part ways with her so that they could both calm their emotions”. The officer said he saw “visible minor scratches” on Laundrie’s face.
Body camera video of the incident shows Petito telling police, “We just got into a fight this morning – we are facing personal issues.”
“He wouldn’t let me get in the car before,” Petito said.
The officer asks Petito, “because of your OCD?”
She replies, “He told me I had to calm down, but I’m already calm.”
“I have OCD and sometimes I get really frustrated,” she said.
According to police, officers suggested the couple separate that evening and no charges were filed.
Moab Deputy Police Chief Braydon Palmer told CNN of the handling of the dispute on August 12: “We are contacting an outside agency to investigate.”
Palmer did not specify the agency.
Laundrie returned to the Florida home he shared with his parents on September 1 without Petito, and authorities were waiting for him to provide answers.
A lawyer for Laundrie’s family stressed in a statement that the warrant did not relate to Petito’s death but related to activities that allegedly took place afterwards.
Two separate awards totaling $ 30,000 were offered to anyone providing law enforcement with the location of the laundry.
FBI agents returned to Laundrie’s home on Sunday, as seen in a video shot by CNN. At least two officers could be seen at the house and one had a bag in his hand.
During the agency’s visit to the family home, “The FBI requested personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to help them match DNA and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could,” said Laundries’ lawyer, Steven Bertolino, to several news outlets. .
“Enjoy every moment of this magnificent world, as she did”
As investigators continued their search for Laundrie Sunday, friends, family and strangers gathered in Holbrook, New York, to pay their respects to Petito.
Joseph Petito described his daughter in a eulogy as a “happy girl” people would gravitate towards. She made others feel welcome, he said, and she enjoyed being outdoors, scuba diving, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or snowboarding. on the Colorado sand dunes.
“I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’re looking for,” said Joseph Petito. “If there’s a trip you want to take, take it now. Do it now while you have time.
“If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now,” he said, an apparent reference to his daughter’s relationship with Laundrie.
Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt also gave a eulogy, telling those gathered, “Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.”
Petito provides “an example for all of us,” Schmidt said, “to enjoy every moment in this beautiful world, as she did – to love and give love to all as she did.”
CNN’s Alison Kosik, Sarah Jorgensen, Dakin Andone, Travis Caldwell, Gregory Lemos, Laura Ly, Christina Maxouris, Taylor Romine, Leyla Santiago and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.