Expert Says Unseen Gabby Petito Police Footage Holds Vital Clues
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Unreleased footage of Gabby Petito speaking with a female police officer from a police bodycam could hold vital clues, an expert says.
The 22-year-old influencer and vlogger and her 23-year-old fiancé Brian Laundrie were pulled over following an “incident” near a grocery store in Moab, Utah on 12th August.
Behavioural scientist Dr. Ann Wolbert spoke with NewsNationNow about the footage which shows Petito being questioned by male officers about Laundrie, Dr. Wolbert says Gabby’s interaction with the female officer, while the male officers spoke to Laundrie, could help with the investigation into her death.
“What we don’t have is the female police officer that spends time with her while the male police officers are talking to Laundrie,” she explains.
“Look how upset she is. She’s trembling, she’s half-sobbing, she’s moving her hands. She’s very very emotional at this particular time.”
Brian Entin, a NewsNationNow journalist, revealed on Twitter that a Freedom of Information request was submitted but says it was denied because of the ongoing FBI investigation.
In the released footage, the 22-year-old can be seen crying after telling officers she had been arguing with Laundrie.
"I’m sorry, we’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues," Petito can be heard explaining to the officer.
"It was a long day. We were camping yesterday," says Laundrie.
He then apologises for the 'bump' in the road, with Petito adding: "I was distracting him, I’m sorry."
The officer then asks her to step out of the campervan, and questions Petito about 'what's going on'.
"Some days, I have really bad OCD," she says.
She also told officers she slapped and scratched Laundrie, saying: "I was trying to get him to stop telling me to calm down."
The couple had been living in the campervan while travelling across the States, with their journey documented on social media. However, their content stopped abruptly, and reports state Petito was last in contact with her family on 27th August however there are doubts she sent the final messages.
Laundrie returned to their home in Florida at the beginning of September, while Petito was reported missing by her family 10 days later, on 11th September.
On 21st September, police confirmed a body found in a Wyoming National Park belonged to Petito. The FBI has ruled that Petito's death was a 'homicide' - adding the official cause of death would be announced pending final autopsy results.
Earlier this month the autopsy confirmed Petito died by strangulation.