Gabby Petito sobs in harrowing cop bodycam vid after she hits fiancé Brian Laundrie ‘with phone’ before disappearance


HARROWING bodycam footage reveals lacking van-life vlogger Gabby Petito sobbing to police as she is requested why she slapped her boyfriend Brian Laundrie in an argument 13 days before she vanished.

The video was captured by the Moab City Police Department in Utah as they responded to a 911 determine about home violence incident between Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, exterior of a grocery retailer on August 12.

Police stated at no stage all by means of the interview did Petito cease crying
Laundrie had scratches all over his face and arms
Laundrie had scratches all by means of his face and armsCredit: ABC
The couple embarked on a road trip across the US in July, but only Laundrie returned
The couple launched proper right into a street journey all by means of the US in July, nonetheless solely Laundrie returnedCredit: Instagram @gabspetito

The bigger than hour-long clip begins with officers pulling over the couple’s white 2012 Ford Transit van and approaching the passenger-side window.

With tears streaming down her face, Petito tells the officer: “We’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues.”

Brian provides: “It’s been a long day. We were camping yesterday and camping got [inaudible] and stuff.”

Petito is then ordered out of the automotive and separated from Laundrie.

“I’m so sorry officer,” he calls out as Petito opens the door.


Petito is visibly emotional as she makes an attempt to elucidate to the officer what she and Laundrie have been arguing about.

“I have OCD and I was just cleaning and straightening…,” she says, sobbing. “And I used to be apologizing to him and saying I’m sorry that I’m so point out as often I’m so point out due to I’ve OCD and get actually irritated.

“Not like mean towards him I guess my vibe is like in a bad mood and I said I’m sorry I’m in a bad mood I am stressed I had so much work.”

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She then tells the officer they’ve been touring the nation and blogging their journey.

“We have been fighting all morning and he wouldn’t let me in the car before,” she says.  

The officer asks why, along with: “Is it because of your OCD?”

Petito, in hysterics, responds: “Yeah. He told me I need to calm down, but I’m perfectly calm.”

She then provides that Laundrie “really stresses me out” and that it has been a “rough morning.”

The officer tried to calm Petito down by assuring her she’s “not in any trouble” and escorts her to the as soon as extra of a cop automobile, telling her “take a breath” for a “few minutes”.


Laundrie is then requested to step out of the van to elucidate his facet of the story. The audio in the footage intermittently cuts out as he is talking.

A smiling Laundrie admits to the officer that the couple had earlier had a “disagreement”, describing the character of the argument as “normal couple stuff … lots of little things”.

Scratches are seen on his face and arm, in line with a police report.

He tells the officer that Petito will get “really worked up sometimes” and that he tries to “distance himself from it”.

The argument began, he stated, when Petito tried to get the keys to the van off him. There furthermore was a discrepancy over her cellphone, Laundrie explains.

He stated he did not get “overtly physical” with Petito nonetheless did attempt to push her away whereas shouting at her.

At this time, Laundrie tells the officer that Petito was “already swinging” at him whereas holding her cellphone as he tried to fend her off.

“She had her cellphone in her hand, that’s why I was pushing her away,” he says. “I stated let’s take a breather and let’s not go anyplace. Let’s loosen up a minute.

“I know I shouldn’t have pushed her but I was just trying to push her away to say take a minute step back and breathe. And she hit me with her phone.”

A second officer notes scratch marks on Laundrie’s palms, arm, and torso.

“I love Gabby. I don’t have any complaints about her,” he stated. “And I hope she doesn’t have too many complaints about me.”


Elsewhere in the clip, Petito is interviewed as quickly as further whereas sitting in the as soon as extra of the cop automobile.

An officer asks her if Laundrie hit her. She responds “I guess” by means of tears, after which clasps her chin in a grabbing movement to reenact what Laundrie allegedly did.

“He like, did that with his hand,” she says, on account of the audio cuts out.

She provides that she suffers from “anxiety” and that Laundrie “gets frustrated a lot.”

Denying that every of them had been consuming, Petito continues by admitting that she had been “yelling at him” after which “went, ‘you’re an idiot'” as she made a punching movement collectively alongside along with her hand.

Petito is quizzed by the officer about what she was trying to understand by hanging Laundrie.

“I was trying to get him to stop telling me to calm down,” she stated, breaking down in floods of tears.

Officers then instruct the pair to separate for the night time.

“I want you guys both to be tonight, away from each other,” the cop says, before telling Petito, “Relax, breathe, because there’s no need to be crying now.”


In the police report of the incident, Laundrie is listed on account of the sufferer and Petito on account of the suspect.

Police stated all events agreed that Petito had slapped Laundrie and that he had not struck her, and that there have been no essential accidents and no get collectively wished to press costs.

The incident was categorized as a “mental/emotional health break” comparatively than a home assault.

The officer wrote that at “no point” in his investigation did Gabby “stop crying, breathing heavily, or compose a sentence without needing to wipe away tears, wipe her nose, or rub her knees with her hands.”

According to police, Petito and Laundrie have been reluctant to separate nonetheless in the highest agreed to take movement. They helped Laundie get a resort room whereas Petito took possession of the van.

Police are anticipated to carry a press convention at midday native time on Thursday to supply updates in their investigation.

The bodycam footage was captured 13 days before Petitio was last seen in person.

Petito, who had been touring all by means of the nation with Laundrie in their camper van since July 2, was closing acknowledged to have been visiting Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 25.

She was formally reported lacking by her mother on September 11, two weeks after she’d closing spoken to her daughter on the cellphone, and ten days after Laundrie returned dwelling to Florida in their van with out her.

Laundrie has since retained a certified expert and so far refused to cooperate with the police.


Gabby’s mom, Nichole Schmidt, instructed the media she had despatched Laundrie and his household determined texts in regards to the place Petito is nonetheless was ignored.

Laundrie has not yet been named a suspect nonetheless is considered an individual of curiosity in the case.

In an announcement, Petito’s household stated: “Every day the search for Gabby continues the Schmidt and Petito family becomes more desperate. They are frantically searching for answers and information in their daughter’s disappearance while Brian sits in the comfort of his home.

“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.”

They referred to as his silence “reprehensible” and begged him to “do the right thing and help us bring Gabby home.”

“Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabby is,” they stated.

In response, Laundrie’s approved expert launched an announcement on Wednesday night time in search of to elucidate his shopper’s want to keep quiet.

“Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito’s absence,” or not it’s taught.

“In my expertise, intimate companions are typically the primary specific specific particular person legal guidelines enforcement focus their consideration on in instances like this and the warning that “any statement made will be used against you” is true, regardless of whether or not or not or not my shopper had one factor to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance.

“As such, on the advice of counsel Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on the matter.”


North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison spoke out in regards to the case on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning.

He stated there aren’t any plans to amass a search warrant for Laundrie’s mother and father’ dwelling, the place the 2 lived.

“We don’t have a crime in this. We are investigating a missing person.”

“Two people went on a trip and one person returned. And that person is not talking to us,” Garrison stated.

He added Laundrie “has the pieces to the puzzle that we need to be able to find Gabby.”

“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through,” Garrison stated. “We are pleading with anybody, together with Brian, to share info with us on her whereabouts in the last few weeks.

“The lack of awareness from Brian is hindering the investigation.

“The answers will eventually come out.”

The video was captured 13 days before Petito was last seen
The video was captured 13 days before Petito was closing seenCredit: ABC
The couple began their trip on July 2
The couple started their journey on July 2Credit: Instagram / Gabby Petito
They were traveling across the US in a converted van
They have been touring all by means of the US in a transformed vanCredit: Instagram / Gabby Petito

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