YOUTUBER Gabby Petito was “terrified” not anxious when cops quizzed her in Utah, an expert says, as a series of “alarming red flags" have been identified in the police bodycam footage.
Cops stopped the vlogger and her fiancé Brian Laundrie in Moab on August 12 amid reports of an incident between the couple – weeks before she was reported missing by her family.
Gabby told the police that she and Laundrie had been "fighting", according to the bodycam footage.
The 22-year-old, who is apologetic throughout the clip, tries to explain to the officer what she and Laundrie were arguing about.
Meanwhile, Laundrie seems calm throughout as he tells cops about their “stressful” morning.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Ziv Evra Cohen said the “imbalance raises a red flag”.
He told Fox News that Gabby doesn’t seem anxious, adding: “She looks scared. She looks very overwhelmed.
“She was emoting so much that it was very clear that there had been an incident and there had been a problem of some kind that she was struggling with.”
Gabby told police at the time: “I was apologizing to him and saying I’m sorry that I am so mean as sometimes I am so mean because I have OCD and get really frustrated.”
Cohen said OCD could cause an “argument” but it’s not a “risk factor for violence”.
A 9/11 caller claimed that Laundrie allegedly hit and slapped the vlogger which prompted police to speak to the couple.
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According to the audio, which was first obtained by Fox News, the caller said: “I’d like to report a domestic dispute.
“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl. They ran up and down the sidewalk, he proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”
It is not known what prompted the police to speak to Gabby and Laundrie.
The operator who took the call has since been slammed for “not taking the claims seriously”.
It comes as court documents reveal there had been "more and more" tension between Gabby and Laundrie before her disappearance, The New York Times reports.
Petito told police she had experienced “increased anxiety” during their cross-country road trip, according to the affidavit.
And, Arches National Park ranger Melissa Hulls warned that the couple's relationship seemed "toxic", the Deseret News reports
She “implored” Gabby to re-evaluate the relationship as she asked the vlogger if she was happy.
The ranger revealed the 22-year-old was "anxious" about being away from Laundrie.
It comes as FBI detectives and Wyoming authorities found human remains “consistent” with the description of Gabby in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday.
A makeshift memorial of stones arranged in the shape of a cross has been spotted at the campsite where the body was believed to be found.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted today.
Gabby and Laundrie started their road trip in July and toured national parks and canyon ranges across the midwest.
The vlogger was last seen on August 24 leaving a hotel in Utah with Laundrie and told her family the next day that she had made it to Grand Teton.
The couple were planning to tour Yellowstone National Park but never made it.
Laundrie returned to Florida alone in Petito's van on September 1.
Gabby's mom Nichole Schmidt reported her missing on September 11 – more than two weeks after last hearing from her daughter.
Details of the "odd" final texts sent from her phone have emerged after cops gained access to a hard drive found in the van.
The text reads: "Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls."
Schmidt said "Stan" was meant to refer to Gabby's granddad but she rarely called him by that name.
Gabby's phone was turned off later that day, the affidavit revealed.
Cops were seen swarming the Florida home of Brian Laundrie's parents as they were removed from the property.
Officers towed away Laundrie’s silver Mustang from the home in North Port.
More than 20 agents went inside and “took a lot of stuff” including “boxes and boxes” of evidence, according to NewsNation journalist Brian Entin.
It’s believed that Laundrie may have driven the car when he allegedly went for a hike in a 25,000-acre nature reserve in the Sarasota area.
FBI agents and local crews scoured the reserve over the weekend but on Monday cops confirmed that a “major search” wouldn’t take place.
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