22-year-old Gabby Petito and her fiance, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, were on a cross-country road trip when the authorites had to get involved because of a domestic disturbance between the two.
Here’s the Associated Press’ recollection of the incident between the couple and the police:
The body camera video shows Petito visibly upset when an officer approached her.
“We’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues,” she tells him, adding that she suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder that affects her behavior.
“Some days, I have really bad OCD, and I was just cleaning and straightening up and I was apologizing to him saying that I’m so mean because sometimes I have OCD and get frustrated,” she said.
Laundrie says on the video the couple got into a minor scuffle that began when he climbed into the van with dirty feet, and said he didn’t want to pursue a domestic violence charge against Petito, who officers decided was the aggressor.
“I’m not going to pursue anything because she is my fiancée and I love her. It was just a squabble. Sorry it had to get so public,” Laundrie says.
Ultimately Moab police decided not file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night, with Laundrie checking into a motel and Petito remaining with the converted sleeper van.
A seemingly routine event that didn’t exactly take the nation by storm.
Until Gabby Petito disappeared.
Her parents reported Gabby missing as of September 11, following two weeks of no contact.
Her fiance refused to speak with the police or the media about Gabby and seemed to have gone in to hiding.
And then the body of a deceased Gabby was found. With Brian’s whereabouts still unknown.
Laundrie is now one of the most wanted men in the country, even though he isn’t technically guilty of anything – yet.
Laundrie’s attorney has not specified as to why the young man is refusing to cooperate with anyone.
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