Utah Police released body camera footage showing officers interacting with Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie after a witness called 911 about two weeks before her disappearance to report an incident of “possible domestic violence.”
The video shows officers from the City of Moab Police Department talking to Petito – and Laundrie – visibly distraught – after stopping their white van.
Police separated the two men before each describing the incident that prompted the 911 call.
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A witness called 911 around 4:30 p.m. on August 12 about “possible domestic violence” near the Moonflower community cooperative in Moab and said he saw Petito and Laundrie arguing on the phone.
“The driver of the van, a male, had some sort of argument with the woman, Gabbie,” wrote an officer responding to the report, citing conversations he had with Petito, Laundrie and the witness.
“The man tried to create distance by telling Gabbie to go for a walk to calm herself down, she didn’t want to be separated from the man and started slapping him,” the report said. “He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed against him and the van, he tried to lock her outside and succeeded except for her driver’s door, she l ‘opened and sneaked up on him and into the vehicle before it started. ”
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A responding officer first wrote that he thought “it was reported that the man assaulted the woman”, but later wrote that “no one reported that the man hit the woman” .
An officer finally stopped the van and said that when he approached, Petito was “crying uncontrollably” in the passenger seat.
One of the responding officers said the incident could be “more accurately classified as a mental / emotional ‘health break’ than a domestic assault,” and that “no significant injuries” were reported.
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The laundry remained in a hotel that night, while Petito stayed with the van, according to the report.
Petito’s last known location was on August 25 in Grand Teton National Park. Laundrie, meanwhile, returned to North Port on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where their journey began, on September 1, and the van was picked up by police from his family’s home on September 11.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.