A bomb police report has revealed new details about the missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s relationship with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
The missing Long Island woman Gabby Petito and her boyfriend quarreled near a Utah National Park last month and told police that the tension between the two “had built up in recent days”, according to police records.
Petito also told police she feared her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, would drive away and leave her “without a ride”.
According to police, they were considering allegations of domestic violence against Petito, who “struggled with his mental health” and allegedly scratched Laundrie.
But police determined that the situation did not lead to a criminal case “as much as a mental crisis” and told the warring couple to spend the night apart.
“Both the male and the female reported that they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately did not want to see anyone accused of a crime,” the report from the New York Post said.
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, told police in Moab, Utah, during the August 12 incident that they had been traveling together for months and that the “emotional strain between them” had led to an “increased number of arguments,” the report said. .
Police initially responded to a report of a domestic disturbance around 4.30pm near the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, and later pulled over the 2012 Ford Transit van in which the two were traveling.
“I approached the vehicle and saw that the only passengers were Gabrielle and Brian,” wrote police officer Daniel Scott Robbins. “Gabrielle, who was in the passenger east, cried uncontrollably.”
Petito and Laundrie told police they both suffered from an unclear illness, while Laundrie told police “neither he nor Gabrielle is taking medication”.
The specific disturbance was edited from the police report.
According to the report, the couple had a fight near a local convenience store, and Petito tried to slam Laundrie, who locked her out of the van.
“Brian said that Gabrielle, thinking he would leave her in Moab without a ride, went to beat him,” the report said. “When Gabrielle started swinging, Brian pushed her away to avoid the bang. As a result, Gabrielle, off balance, but still caught Brian’s face with a few fingers causing less visible scratches. ”
But neither of them wanted to prosecute, and the police said that they “then decided that the most appropriate course of action would be to help the parties separate for the night so that they could recover their mental states without interference from each other”.
Police found a hotel room for Laundrie for the night and Petito remained in the van.
The 22-year-old native of Long Island was last heard from at the end of last month and was reported missing by his mother on September 11.
Laundrie returned home by van on September 1 without Petito and has since refused to cooperate with authorities.
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt – who has twice appealed to Laundrie to reveal what happened – reported her missing on Saturday and police seized the van.
– New York Post