NORTH PORT, Florida – A recently released report from the Moab Utah Police Department shows possible tension fueled by mental health issues between Gabrielle Petito and Brian Laundrie in the days leading up to his disappearance and he drove his van back to North Port , in Florida.
The report details the meetings officers had with the couple as well as a witness after police were called to respond to a possible domestic violence situation between Gabby and Brian on August 12.
The officers who responded ultimately determined that the events did not amount to prosecutable crimes. However, officers took steps to separate the two men for an evening to avoid an escalation.
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According to the report, Moab Police Officer Eric Pratt was called in for a report of a “domestic problem” near a company called Moonflower Co-op. By the time Pratt arrived at the scene, the subjects – later identified as Gabby and Brian – had already left the scene. The officer spoke to a passer-by, named Chris in the report. Another officer then spoke to Chris, who said he “was not quite sure what he saw but feared the worst”.
Chris said he saw Brian and Gabby, apparently arguing on the phone. Chris said Brian got in the van and Gabby apparently hit Brian on the arm. Chris said Gabby then climbed out of the driver’s side window, as if Brian had locked her in and was trying to find a way in, “the report said.
While Constable Pratt was investigating the place of origin, Constable Daniel Robbins caught up with Brian and Gabrielle, who wandered away from the co-op in the motorhome they were traveling in.
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Agent Robbins caught up with the van near Arches National Park, the location of one of Gabrielle’s last social media posts before her disappearance. The Robbins report says the van was traveling 45 miles per hour in a 15 miles per hour zone.
“After activating my lights to initiate a traffic stop, I saw the van cross the double yellow dividing line in lane one, merge with lane two and make a sharp turn to the right,” the report said. by Robbins. “When the vehicle swerved, the front and rear wheels on the passenger side struck the curb. A short distance past the entry gate, the vehicle came to a stop.”
Provided by North Port Police
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Robbins said he approached the van and saw Gabrielle “crying uncontrollably”.
The officer took Gabby in his patrol car to talk about what happened. The report is partially written to protect sensitive information, however, this implies that Gabby has disclosed a mental health disorder or issue.
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“Gabrielle told me she was suffering from [redacted] with [redacted]”, says the report.” Because of her [redacted] and [redacted], combined with the little arguments she and Brian had that day, she had mental health issues, which led to the incident which was reported to law enforcement. “
The report states that Gabby saw the officer’s flashing lights and hit Brian’s arm, causing the van to swerve and hit the curb.
After interviewing Gabrielle, Agent Robbins’ report indicates that he interviewed Brian, whose account of the incidents matches that of Gabby and the witness, Chris.
Screenshots of the Youtube video of Gabby Petito traveling with Brian Laundrie, photo of the family home in Laundrie where the van was located
Officer Robbins suggested the couple go their separate ways for the night and arranged for Brian to stay at a nearby hotel. The officer said he told the couple to try not to speak until morning so they can “reset their mental states without interference from each other.”
The report says the couple agreed and the officer took Brian to a nearby hotel, while Gabby stayed in his van.
Gabrielle’s family say the last time she heard from her was around August 25. Her van was discovered at Brian Laundrie’s family home in North Port, Florida on September 11, after Gabby’s family reported her missing.
Police and the FBI have been working since then to piece together what happened to Gabby prior to her disappearance.
the FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips: 1-800-225-5324 or send advice To advice.fbi.gov.