Police officers were reportedly seen at the Florida home of Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman who mysteriously vanished while the couple was on a road trip.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito and Laundrie, 23, embarked on a cross-country road trip this summer, but Laundrie returned to Florida without his girlfriend – and her whereabouts are not known. Gabby last spoke with her mother via FaceTime on August 23 or 24; when she may have been in Wyoming. Her mother also received a text message from Gabby’s phone on August 30, but said she is not certain her daughter wrote the message, and declined to share details about the message in an interview with “CBS Mornings” that aired Tuesday.
The New York Post has obtained photos of police officers at Laundrie’s Florida residence; believed to be in or near North Port. According to the report, the officers were seen leaving a pink envelope at the home. It is not yet known what is inside the envelope.
North Port police spokesperson Josh Taylor told the New York Post that investigators had previously spoken with Laundrie’s parents, “who did not make him available.”
In the interview with the Post on Tuesday, Taylor said he was not aware of the envelope being dropped off at the residence, and said police had not yet made direct contact with Laundrie, who has not been named a suspect in Gabby’s disappearance. Further, police have not publicly confirmed his identity but extensive social media posts and YouTube videos created by the couple strongly indicate that Laundrie is Gabby’s boyfriend and was her cross-country travel companion.
“We would love to [talk to him],” Taylor told the newspaper. “He certainly has whatever rights he has available. We will see how it goes, we are roughly 72 hours into this.”
It is not known exactly when Laundrie returned to Florida, with the converted camper the couple had been traveling in. As previously reported, police said they recovered the vehicle late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, and were processing it for possible evidence.
The National Park Service is “coordinating with multiple law enforcement agencies as part of the investigation into” Gabby’s disappearance, USA Today reports.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
Anyone with possible information about Gabby’s whereabouts is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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[Feature image: Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito/Instagram]