NORTH PORT, Fla. — Authorities in Florida say the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, a woman missing since traveling through Utah last month, has been named a person of interest in her disappearance.
On Wednesday, the North Port Police Department stated in a Facebook post that Brian Laundrie has not cooperated in the investigation and that he is now “a person of interest in this case.”
The Facebook post stated that the department would be the “primary investigating agency”, since the North Port residents of both the victims and the police officer involved in the investigation. They stated that they would work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in investigating the case.
Police claimed that Petito’s car was found in North Port, at the home Petito shared with Laundrie (and his parents) on September 11.
The evidence of the white Ford Transit van 2012 was received on Tuesday.
Officials state that Laundrie drove it to Florida on Sept. 1 and Petito was not present.
Petito’s family reported Petito missing 10 days later.
“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison. “We have asked anyone, even Brian, to help us find out where she is located in the past weeks. This investigation is being hampered by the lack of information from Brian. There will be answers. We will find Gabby, and help to find any other suspects in her disappearance.
Petito, 22, was with Laundrie, 23. They were on a trip through several national parks in Utah & Wyoming when she disappeared.
Petito made her last social media post to Instagram on Aug. 25 from an Ogden, Utah, business.
The Moab Police Department said its officers responded to an incident involving the couple on Aug. 12. Despite this, an investigation found that there wasn’t enough evidence to support criminal charges. No other details were made public.
The police department stated that the couple wasn’t the ones calling the police.
Jeff Tavss at KSTU first reported this story.