The television station obtained records from the police department showing that Petito’s family made the inquiry on September 10.
The records show that the family was told they needed to file the missing person’s report where Petito was last known to be located, which was required under the departmental policy and state law in Florida, according to the television station.
The calls were coded as “public service” calls, with one call occurring shortly before 4 p.m. local time and the other call around 6:30 p.m., according to Fox News, which also obtained the call logs.
The records do not specify whether both calls were from Petito’s family, but both were given the description of “problem settled,” Fox News reports.
One day later, on September 11, Petito’s family filed a missing person’s report in Suffolk County, New York, where her family lives.
Petito, 22, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, had embarked on a road trip over the summer across the country, but Laundrie returned to his parents’ home in Florida without her on September 1.
Three additional calls related to the Laundrie residence were made on September 11, the same day that Petito’s family filed the missing person’s report in New York. The calls were coded as “follow up/investigation” and “agency assist,” DailyMail reports.
The calls are described in the documents as “problem settled,” “no police action needed,” and “report submitted.”
North Port officers visited the Laundrie residence that evening, but Laundrie and his family refused to speak with police. Days later, Laundrie’s parents told authorities that their son was missing and claimed he went hiking in a nearby nature preserve.
On September 19, Petito’s body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Her death has been ruled a homicide, but the specific cause has not yet been released publicly.
Law enforcement has not yet been able to find Laundrie. The effort is now “targeted based on intelligence,” according to WFLA-TV.
In total, there have been at least 46 calls related to the Laundrie home between September 10 and September 27, which have been classified as “missing person,” “disturbance,” “follow up/investigation,” “agency assist,” “special detail,” “patrol check,” and “public service.”
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