Editor’s note: The full body cam video of the incident is below.
A Florida woman who has made national news after she was reported missing was recently the subject of a police investigation, according to released body camera footage.
Gabby Petito, who adopted the now-cliche “van life” that has swept up millennial and Gen Z’ers in mass numbers to adopt a nomadic lifestyle, reportedly went missing somewhere in Wyoming.
Her disappearance has made her a national news topic and led to the questioning of her fiance, Brian Laundrie, by Florida police after he returned to the Sunshine State without her.
Footage from a police encounter in August has surfaced in Utah, involving a domestic incident in which Petito was deemed the aggressor.
The Moab City Police Department responded to a call involving the duo, and the reporting officer determined that Petito had struck Laundrie.
“The male tried to create distance by telling Gabbie to take a walk to calm down,” the officer wrote. “She didn’t want to be separated from the male, and began slapping him. He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van.”
Police were told by Petito that she suffers from mental health issues and the matter was dropped due to lack of sufficient evidence, no injuries and a reluctance by either party to press charges.
According to ABC7, Laundrie was given a hotel room for the night while Petito held on to the van.
North Port, Florida, Police Chief Todd Garrison is currently tasking his officers with questioning Laundrie over Petito’s disappearance.
“Two people went on a trip and one person returned. And that person is not talking to us,” Garrison said.
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