According to 911 recordings from a Utah witness recorded on August 12, Brian Laundrie allegedly slapped and repeatedly hit his now-missing 22-year-old girlfriend Gabriele “Gabby” Petito, who is believed to have gone missing (listen below).
Laundrie went missing last week, and the search for his girlfriend has increased in the wake of his disappearance. Last Monday, police in North Port, Florida, identified the 23-year-old as a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a young woman from the area.
The FBI conducted a raid on Laundrie’s home on Monday and detained his parents, according to The Daily Wire, following allegations that her remains had been discovered near the location where Petito is believed to have vanished. According to reports, the family house has been designated as a “crime scene.”
“Mr. Laundrie is depicted as the aggressor in the incident,” according to The Independent, which got audio of the 911 call in issue after it was first obtained by Fox News on Monday.
“I’m right on the corner of Main St by Moonflower… I’d like to report a domestic dispute,” the caller says in the recording. “The gentleman was slapping the girl… they ran up and down the sidewalk, he proceeded to hit her and then they drove off.”
Following the alleged event, officials detained the couple but ultimately chose not to bring charges against either Petito or Laundrie based on their cooperation. Petito seemed frightened and crying on body camera footage from the stop; Laundrie, on the other hand, appeared calm while officials examined the marks on his face and arm that were allegedly caused by Petito.
TMZ reported Monday on the call:
FOX obtained the 911 call in question, which was placed on August 12 near Moab, Utah — not too far from where Gabby and Brian were eventually pulled over later that day by a city cop, whose body camera captured a distraught Gabby … and Brian unseemly denying anything had happened between them.
Check out the audio … you hear a man tell the operator he’s calling to report a domestic dispute he says he saw in town, going on to paint a picture of the white van Gabby and Brian had been traveling in, while also providing a license plate number … and descriptions of both of them.
When the operator asks point-blank what he saw them doing … the guy doesn’t hesitate — he says he saw the man slapping and hitting the female, then both of them running up and down the sidewalk … and finally jumping into the van and driving off.
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According to the ABC7 report, the local outlet added that “Charles Jones, the FBI’s supervisory senior resident agent, said that a full forensic identification hasn’t yet been completed, but investigators did notify Petito’s parents.”
“We continue to seek information from anyone who utilized the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area between the dates of August 27 and August 30,” Jones said. “Anyone that may have had contact with Gabby, or her boyfriend, or who may have seen their vehicle in that area, please share any new information with the FBI.”
The cause of death remains undetermined at this time. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday.