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There’s no evidence of a crime in Gabby Petito’s disappearance, Florida police say

Gabby Petito is still missing.

A photo of the van that Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie used in their #vanlife trip.
A photo of the van that Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie used for their road trip, which was recovered last week.
North Port Police Department

Florida police officials said there is no evidence that a crime has been committed in the disappearance of Gabby Petito.

Petito, 22, was reported missing on Sept. 11 after a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, who returned to Florida on Sept 1.

Laundrie has hired a lawyer and has yet to speak with the police about the case. Petitio is still missing. Her last known appearance was at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Aug. 30.

North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said at a press conference on Thursday that there was no immediate evidence of a crime in Petito’s disappearance

  • “Right now, we are investigating a missing person case,” he said, per the New York Post.
  • When asked if there was any evidence, he said, “Not at this time.”
  • “At this time, it’s a missing person case,” he said.

The North Port Police said Wednesday that “Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in this case.”

Soon after, Petito’s family released a statement through its lawyer, Richard Stafford, about Laundrie and his failure to speak on the matter, according to Insider.

  • “Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabby in the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks,” the statement read. “Brian left Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home. In his home!”
  • “Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabby is. You tarnish (your) love for her with your silence.”