FIRST ON FOX: The 911 caller who reported a “domestic dispute” between Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12 was heard telling a dispatcher that “the gentleman was slapping the girl” and hitting her, Fox News has confirmed Monday after totally shopping for the audio of the call.

“He was slapping her?” the dispatcher was heard asking.

“Yes, and then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off,” the caller added.


The audio provides a closer glimpse at the circumstances surrounding the couple’s encounter with police weeks before Petito vanished. A physique that investigators believed to be Petito’s turned up Sunday in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, whereas Laundrie’s present whereabouts Monday hold unknown. 

The 911 call apparently contradicted a earlier report written by police all through which a responding officer had written that “no one reported that the male struck the female.”

Last week, Fox News reported {{{that a}}} witness had often known as 911 spherical 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 over “possible domestic violence” close to Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab and mentioned he noticed Petito and Laundrie arguing over a cellphone.  

“The driver of the van, a male, had some sort of argument with the female, Gabbie,” a responding officer wrote in a police report, citing conversations he had with Petito, Laundrie, and the witness.  

Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundrie are seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah.

Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundrie are seen in bodycam footage launched by the Moab City Police Department in Utah.
(Moab City Police Department)


“The male tried to create distance by telling Gabbie to go take a walk to calm down, she didn’t want to be separated from the male, and began slapping him,” the report mentioned. “He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van, he tried to lock her out and succeeded except for his driver’s door, she opened that and forced her way over him and into the vehicle before it drove off.”  

A responding officer initially wrote that he believes “it was reported the male had been observed to have assaulted the female,” nonetheless later wrote that “no one reported that the male struck the female.”  

An officer lastly pulled the van over and mentioned that when he approached, Petito was “crying uncontrollably” all through the passenger seat.  


One of the responding officers mentioned the incident is probably “more accurately categorized as a mental/emotional health ‘break’ than a domestic assault,” and that “no significant injuries” have been reported.  

Laundrie stayed in a resort that night time, whereas Petito stayed with the van, in response to the report.