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Florida police hunt woman missing from trip with fiancé

September 16, 2021
Since late August, Gabrielle Petito has not spoken to her family.
Since late August, Gabrielle Petito has not spoken to her family.

FLORIDA -- US authorities are searching for a Florida woman who went missing during a road trip with her fiancé.

22-year-old Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito has not spoken to her family since late August, when she was travelling with her boyfriend in Wyoming.

Police say her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, 23, who has returned home, is now a person of interest in the case.

The couple had been documenting their cross-country campervan trip on social media.

Laundrie returned to their Florida home on September 1, police say. Ms Petito's parents reported her missing 10 days later.

But police say Laundrie is refusing to speak to them about her disappearance.

"We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks," said North Port police chief Todd Garrison.

"The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out."

But Laundrie's lawyer, Steve Bertolino, defended his silence.

"In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms Petito's disappearance.

"As such, on the advice of counsel Mr Laundrie is not speaking on this matter," Bertolino said.


September 16, 2021
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