Police report on petito, laundry explicitly denied by 911 call
First on Granthshala: A 911 caller reported a “domestic dispute” between Brian Laundry and Gabby Petito in Moab, Utah, on August 12. Receiving audio of the call.
“He was slapping her?” The dispatcher was heard asking.
“Yeah, and then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, jumped in the car and they left,” said the caller.
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The audio provides a close-up glimpse at the circumstances surrounding the couple’s encounter with the police a few weeks before Pettito’s disappearance. A body that investigators believed Petito arrived at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, while the laundry’s current whereabouts are unknown Monday.
The 911 call apparently contradicts an earlier report by police in which a responding officer wrote that “no one reported that the man hit the woman.”
Last week, Granthshala News reported that a witness called 911 around 4:30 p.m. on August 12 over “potential domestic violence” near the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab and said she called Petito and Laundry on the phone. I was seen arguing.
“The driver of the van, a man, had some sort of argument with the woman, Gabby,” a response officer wrote in the police report, citing conversations with Petito, laundry, and the witness.
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“The man tried to distance Gabby by asking her to go for a walk to calm down, she didn’t want to be separated from the man and started slapping her,” the report said. “He grabbed her face and pushed her back as he put pressure on her and on the van, she tried to lock it and succeeded by leaving her driver’s door open, he opened it and over her and into the vehicle. First forced him.”
A responding officer initially wrote that he believed “that the man was seen attacking the woman,” but later wrote that “no one reported that The man killed the woman.”
An officer eventually pulled over the van and said that when he approached, Pettito 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. .
Reportedly, Laundry stayed at a hotel that night, while Petito stayed with the van.