BLUE DOT, NY (CBSNewYork) — New developments in the search for missing Long Island native Gabby Petito.
Her family has issued another urgent plea, urging her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, to speak to investigators about her disappearance, including where she last saw him.
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Laundrie returned to their home in Florida, but Petito did not.
On Wednesday, Moab, Utah police confirmed that their officers were responding to an incident involving the two of them on August 12.
The circumstances surrounding what brought the police to Laundrie and Petito were not disclosed.
“Our officers responded to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on August 12, 2021, but neither Brian nor Gabrielle was the reporting party. Moab Police said in a statement, “Officers conducted an investigation and did not do enough to justify criminal charges. He determined that there was no evidence.”
Petito’s family released a new statement Wednesday, urging Laundrie to talk about what they know about her disappearance:
The Schmidt and Petito family grows more desperate every day as they continue to search for Gabby. While Brian sits in the comfort of his home, they frantically seek answers and information about their daughter’s disappearance.
Brian claims he wanted to sit in the background as we searched for Gabby in the wilderness of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
Brian left Gabby in the wild with grizzly bears and wolves as she sat in the comfort of her home. At her house!
Brian, how could you do this to Gabby? You’re selfishly quiet when Gabby is all alone in the wilderness.
Brian, your silence is reprehensible! We’re begging you to do the right thing and help us bring Gabby home.
Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming happened. The only thing you can control is what you are doing right now. Tell us where Gabby is.
You have tarnished your love for him with your silence.
Police in North Port, Florida, said they are now the lead investigators in the case and are working with the FBI and Suffolk County police. They call Laundrie the contact person, which would apply to anyone who is the last known person of a missing person.
Police said Laundrie returned to North Port on September 1, 10 days before Petito reported his family missing. They say the van they used for the trip was found on September 11 in Laundrie’s home she shared with her family.
The latest on the Petito case is Wednesday, September 15, at 11:30. Please use 1-800 CALLFBI pic.twitter.com/NpkUEjoME5
– North Harbor Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 15, 2021
“As a father, I can only imagine the pain and suffering that Gabby’s family went through. We’re asking everyone, including Brian, to share information with us about his whereabouts over the past weeks. The lack of information from Brian is hampering this investigation. The answers will come out eventually. “We will help find Gabby and help find anyone who may have been involved in her disappearance,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.
The police were only named after Laundrie’s lawyer. through asking questions. That attorney, Steven Bertolino, is based on Long Island. Gabby didn’t answer questions about Petito’s whereabouts.
“This is a very difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. “On behalf of the Laundrie family, I hope Miss Petito finds her place and reunites with her family.”
Searching for Petito is a multi-state effort. Suffolk Countyto Florida, where he lives, and to Wyoming, where he was last heard from while hiking in Grand Teton National Park.
“I probably haven’t slept since Friday, I haven’t eaten since Saturday,” said his father, Joseph Petito.
He said he was praying for her to be found alive and well.
“If you’re hiking a trail and you see her, ‘This is Gabby… Gabby, here’s my phone. You should call your family immediately,” he said.
Petito has been documenting what seems like a happy adventure with Laundrie on YouTube and social media.
A National Parks Service “We are coordinating with multiple law enforcement agencies as part of the investigation into Gabrielle Petito’s whereabouts. As the investigation continues, we have no further information to present at this time.”
All clues about Petito’s disappearance can be reported to 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).