According to a police incident report, police in Utah were called into a fight between missing YouTuber Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie a few days before she disappeared.
A witness called the Moab City Police Department around 4:45 p.m. on August 12 and said he “feared the worst” after seeing the couple fighting in their van.
Attending officer Daniel Robbins said the couple was having a “mental health crisis,” according to a source. Police incident report obtained by Fox 13.
The officer reported that the couple both suffered from a mental illness that caused them to argue further and did not take medication during their intercity journeys in a converted Ford Transit van.
“This time spent created emotional tension between them and increased the number of arguments,” Robbins wrote.
Petito, 22, was last seen leaving his Salt Lake City hotel with Mr. Laundrie on August 24.
His family last heard from him the next day when he said he was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and was on his way to Yellowstone.
Mr. Laundrie, “Related person” By Florida’s North Port Police on Wednesday after returning alone to his family’s home. he has hitherto stone wall police, instead referred them to a family lawyer and did not report her missing.
On 12 August, two police officers from Moab, Mr Robbins and Eric Pratt, were called in to reports of a possible domestic violence incident in Main St, Moab, near Arches National Park.
Ms. Petito posted a few photos on her Instagram account that day; Several people standing under the famous Delicate Arch icon in the national park, including him and Mr. Laundrie.
He talked about hiking to the arch at 7am and meeting other hikers on the trail.
“We also spent a night in Devils Garden with our tent closed, trying to fall asleep watching the stars and catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower,” he wrote.
According to the police report, that afternoon the couple began arguing in the 5,000-populated center of Moab, and Mr. Laundrie told his girlfriend to take a walk while they were both calming down.
She tried to lock him out of the van but managed to get in through the driver’s door.
“He got in their vehicle and Gabrielle went into a manic state. Brian said he went to slap her, thinking Gabrielle was going to leave her in Moab unmounted,” Mr. Robbins wrote.
As Gabrielle began to sway, Brian pushed her to avoid the slap.
According to the description, Ms. Petito was unstable but still caught Mr Laundrie’s face and right arm, leaving visible scratches.
When police pulled over the couple’s transit van, Mr Laundrie said he thought Ms Petito “grabbing and pulling the steering wheel of the van, causing the van to hit the pavement”.
Mr Robbins said he did not believe the incident had “rised to the level of a domestic assault”.
He decided to separate the couple for the night so they could “reset their mental state.”
Although the couple wanted to stay together, the police arranged for Laundrie to spend the night at a hotel through Seekhaven, a family crisis center in Moab.
Miss Petito stayed in the van for the evening.
“I told both Brian and Gabrielle to take advantage of this separate time to loosen up their emotions and regain control of their anxiety.
“I also asked them to avoid contact with each other until clear morning if possible.”
Officer Robbins said Petito didn’t want to hurt his fiancée. She said she cried and took deep breaths the entire time they talked.
The second officer involved, Eric Pratt, said he was able to corroborate the statements of Mr Laundrie, Ms Petito and an eyewitness who all gave a “similar and coherent story”.
He said Mr Laundrie “grabbed (Gabbie’s) face and pushed him back” during the argument.
“No one reported that the man had hit the woman, they both reported that they were in love and engaged to be married and desperately wanted no one to be charged with a crime.”
The police report stated that Ms Petito was around 1.57m (1.57m) and 110-120 pounds (50-54kg) while “his fiancee was older, taller and much heavier”.
“He had no fear and had the ‘battered boyfriend syndrome’ etc. He showed no signs that he might be a victim.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, made a fresh appeal to her boyfriend to give her any information she might have about his whereabouts.
In a statement through her lawyer, Richard Stafford, Ms Schmidt said her searches were becoming more desperate with each passing day.
“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 wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while she sat in the comfort of her home. At her house!
Brian, how could you do this to Gabby? Ms Schmidt asked, adding that her silence was “understandable”.
Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming has happened. The only thing you can control is what you are doing right now. Tell us where Gabby is.”
The FBI has set up a hotline for anyone with information about Miss Petito’s disappearance.
Anyone with information about his location or seeing his van should call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).