A video clip shows Pettito getting upset while fighting with her boyfriend
MOAB, Utah – Police in Moab, Utah, have released body camera footage showing officers interacting with Gabe Pettito and Brian Laundry after a witness called 911 two weeks before her disappearance.
The body cam footage is over an hour long and has not been edited by Scripps. May contain explicit language. Viewers are advised with discretion.
The video shows officers from the Moab City Police Department talking to Pettito – and Londry – in palpable distraught after their white van was stopped in Arks National Park.
The couple was pulled over after a 911 call in Moab about a possible domestic violence situation.
A witness called 911 about 4:30 p.m. August 12 about “possible domestic violence” near the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab and said they saw Pettito and Londry arguing on the phone.
A responding officer wrote in the report, citing conversations he had with Pettito, Londry, and the witness: “The truck driver, a man, was having some sort of feud with the female, Gabi.”
“The male tried to create distance by telling Gabi to go for a walk to calm down, and she didn’t want to be separated from the male, and started slapping him,” the report said. “He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed him and the truck, tried to lock it and succeeded except for his driver’s door, she opened it and slashed her way over it and got into the car before it drove off.”
One officer initially wrote that he believed “the male had been reported to have assaulted the female”, but later wrote that “nobody mentioned that the male had beaten the female”.
The officer eventually stopped the truck and said that when he approached, Pettit was “crying uncontrollably” in the passenger seat.
One officer described the incident “more accurately as a ‘fracture’ of mental/emotional health than as a domestic assault,” and that “no major injuries were reported.”
According to a Moab police report, Laundry stayed at a hotel that night, while Pettito stayed with the van.
The last known site of Petitou was on August 25 in Grand Teton National Park. Prior to that, I stayed in a hotel for over a night near Salt Lake City International Airport.
Meanwhile, Laundry returned to the Florida Gulf Coast town of Northport, where their journey began, on September 1, and police recovered the truck at his family’s home on September 11.
Officials urge anyone with information regarding the case to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
This story was originally reported by Jack Helean on Fox13Now.com.