Gabrielle Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie left in July for a four-month, cross-country road trip. Two months into it, she disappeared. Now, he’s missing, too.
Authorities on Sunday continued their searches for a Florida woman who went missing during a cross-country road trip and her fiancé who returned home without her.
The FBI’s Denver field office also tweeted Sunday that search efforts for Petito on Saturday included ground surveys at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in coordination with FBI Wyoming Resident Agencies, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department.
UPDATE (9/18): Police and the FBI are now looking for Laundrie as well as Petito, according to a statement from the North Port Police Department. On Friday evening, Laundrie’s family summoned authorities to the house Laundrie and Petito shared with Laundrie’s parents before embarking on their road trip, saying they wanted to talk about the disappearance of their son. The family claims they have not seen Laundrie since Tuesday.
“For six days, the North Port Police Department and the F.B.I. have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s fiancée, Gabby Petito,” the statement said in part. “Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail.” Officials also emphasized that Laundrie is a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance but not wanted for a crime. “We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing [persons investigation],” the statement said.
A lawyer for Petito’s family released a statement, as well, saying, “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.”