Gabby Petito update – Body cam footage of Brian Laundrie fight 'being withheld by cops' after remains ID'd as his

SOME of the bodycam footage of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie taken by the Moab Police Department will continue to be withheld from the public, despite the confirmation of Brian Laundrie's death.

Newsweek confirmed that while footage from two police cameras were released, video from a third camera will continue to be withheld at this time.

Investigations are looking for new clues in the case of Gabby Petito's homicide, following the discovery of her fiancé Brian Laundrie's remains in Florida late last week.

Forensic scientists will likely rely on DNA and fingerprinting to confirm whether Brian Laundrie strangled Gabby Petito to death, or if she was murdered by an as-yet-unidentified third party.

Other potential sources of information will include the contents of Brian's backpack, found alongside his skeletal remains, and the notebook contained within.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT DID RICHARD STAFFORD SAY AFTER BRIAN'S BODY WAS FOUND?

    Following the discovery, Stafford then released a statement on behalf of the Petito family, who have been mourning the loss of their daughter, who was found murdered on September 19.

    "They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter," Stafford said in a statement on behalf of Petito's parents, Joseph and Nicole, as well as her step-parents, Tara and Jim.

    "Gabby's family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready."

  • Jennifer Korn

    ‘A COINCIDENCE’

    The North Port police department told journalist Brian Entin that it was a “coincidence” that Brian Laundrie’s parents were the ones to find his items.

  • Jennifer Korn

    CAN CHRIS & ROBERTA LAUNDRIE GO TO JAIL?

    Chris and Roberta Laundrie are not currently facing any charges in relation to the case and there is no indication that authorities intend to charge the couple.

    Brian’s parents initially claimed to have last seen their son on September 14 but later revised that date in a statement issued through their attorney.

    After finally reporting him missing on September 17, they told police they had driven to the reserve in search of him.

  • Jennifer Korn

    GABBY AND BRIAN WERE IDENTIFIED A MONTH APART

    In an eerie twist, the remains of both Gabby and Brian were identified exactly one month apart.

    Gabby’s were confirmed to be hers by a Wyoming coroner on September 21, according to the FBI.

    Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed that Gabby Petito died by strangulation.

    He added that Gabby’s predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found. The body was outside “in the wilderness” for this time.

    And on Thursday, October 21, Brian’s remains were officially identified.

  • Jennifer Korn

    SEARCH FOR TEXAS MAN (continued)

    Jared Hembree’s car was found in the parking area of Game Warden Point but he was nowhere to be seen.

    A call expressing concern about Hembree’s well-being was made to park law enforcement.

    Hembree is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a green t-shirt with black pants and might be carrying a black backpack.

  • Jennifer Korn

    SEARCH FOR TEXAS MAN IN PARK WHERE GABBY’S REMAINS FOUND

    A 26-year-old Texas man went missing near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

    Jared Hembree was last seen on Thursday, October 21 in the park where Gabby Petito’s remains were found last month.

  • H. J. Hayes

    HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN FOLLOW THE GABBY PETITO FOUNDATION

    The Gabby Petito Foundation shared links on Twitter so supporters can keep up with events and news on social media.

  • H. J. Hayes

    ANONYMOUS, CONFIDENTIAL HELP IS AVAILABLE

    If you are being abused in a relationship, anonymous and confidential help is available.

    For help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

    However, if you are actively in danger, call 911.

  • H. J. Hayes

    'I KNEW IMMEDIATELY SHE WAS BEING EMOTIONALLY ABUSED'

    Regina Annunziata, who attended the first fundraiser for the Gabby Petito Foundation last Sunday, said that Gabby’s story resonated with her because she “has been in her shoes.”

    She said: “I hear a lot of stories where people are saying and myself included, where as soon as you watch the body cam footage, I knew immediately she was being emotionally abused, just based on him charming the cops.

    “I personally was in an abusive relationship. So, when all of this kind of went public, it hit home for me.

    And then just, you know, she was a young, beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her, it’s just heartbreaking that these things happen and there’s got to be more awareness, so things don’t progress to the point that they did unfortunately for her.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    GABBY'S ART RAISES MORE QUESTIONS

    On top of one of Gabby’s drawings, a sign reads, “From the inner workings of my mind…”

    She captioned it: “#boredinthehouseandiminthehousebored” – likely in reference to the hit that went viral on TikTok during Covid quarantine in 2020.

    Gabby’s artwork can be interpreted as the 22-year-old “ignoring some things that are in front of her,” clinical psychologist Dr Orna Guralnik revealed.

    “She’s closing her eyes to the fact that the relationship is unraveling and that her boyfriend is seeming crazy.

    “She could be closing her eyes to a certain kind of danger or closing her eyes to her own distress.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    GABBY’S ART INDICATED 'MANIFESTATION OF DISSOCIATION'

    Dr Orna Guralnik, a clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst from New York, says Gabby’s artwork and journal entries reveal that  the vlogger was trying to “dissociate her feelings” while fearing Brian Laundrie would kill her,

    About a year before Gabby was strangled to death, she penned numerous illustrations that a psychologist exclusively revealed to The Sun, could be interpreted as a “manifestation of dissociation.”

    Gabby penned a black and blue drawing of a woman’s face and posted it to her Instagram page on April 27, 2020.

    The female face was surrounded by various written messages including: “I don’t like to go outside. I like my bed” and another says: “To future me: I’m not sleeping I’m just closing my eyes.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHY WAS GABBY PETITO IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK?

    Petito had quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure with Brian Laundrie, starting in July, documenting their journey in a stream of social media posts.

    In images shared by the couple online they are all smiles — barefoot in a canyon or surveying the ochre rocks of state and national parks.

    In one YouTube video published during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together and strolling on a beach.

    But the young woman’s family filed a missing person report on September 11 after the 22-year-old mysteriously vanished, and Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.

  • H. J. Hayes

    NEW PHOTOS SHOW GABBY & BRIAN WEEKS BEFORE TRAGEDY

    New photos show couple Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie trekking through Arches National Park in Utah, weeks before the cross-country trip that ended in tragedy. 

    Gabby and Laundrie can be seen at the “Delicate Arch” landmark on August 10, two days before they were pulled over by Moab police after witnesses reported a domestic dispute. 

    “They stood out because they had the “van life” look to them and I remember feeling envious because they seemed like enthusiasts.” said the photographer.

    The photographer said he interacted with Laundrie who gave them tips about the park and the two “exchanged a friendly nod” when their vehicles passed each other.

  • H. J. Hayes

    AUTHORITIES USE THE TERM ‘MURDER’ FOR GABBY’S DEATH

    Tampa-based special agent Michael McPherson told reporters on Wednesday, before the human remains were confirmed to be those of Brian: “The FBI and the North Port Police Department, and our law enforcement partners have been searching the area of the Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito.“

    “Earlier today investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items, such as backpack and notebook, belonging to Brian Laundrie.”

    “These items were found in an area that up until recently had been underwater.”

    It’s thought that that was the first time FBI agents have used the word “murder” in the case.

  • H. J. Hayes

    DID BRIAN LAUNDRIE KILL GABBY?

    Wyoming coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed that Petito's cause of death was strangulation and ruled it a homicide.

    Throughout the case, Laundrie was a person of interest but it wasn't until the discovery of a notebook ,believed the belong to him, that he was named a person of interest in her murder.

    At this time, it remains unclear if Laundrie had anything to do with Petito's death as it is still unknown what his own cause of death was.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHAT IS THE GABBY PETITO FOUNDATION?

    On October 3, 2021, Gabby's family announced that they had launched the Gabby Petito Foundation in honor of their late daughter.

    "The Gabby Petito Foundation is up and running!," a post on the foundation's Twitter page read. "We have a lot of work to do, website is just starting out so be patient with us, we will get there. Thank you for all the support and love!"

    The family then repeated a phrase coined by Gabby's dad in an Instagram post after her remains were found at a Wyoming campsite on September 19: "She touched the world."

    A link to the foundation's website is also now live, having previously been "under construction" in the week since the family first unveiled their plans to launch a charity in Gabby's name at her funeral.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHAT'S REVEALED IN THE MOAB BODY CAM FOOTAGE

    The speculation about domestic violence comes after body cam footage revealed a physical argument between Gabby and her fiancé two weeks before her death.

    Police in Moab, Utah, received a 911 call that reported seeing Laundrie hit Gabby in the street.

    She sobbed as she told officers that Laundrie grabbed her face to try to make her be quiet.

    However, cops deemed her the "aggressor" after she admitted she hit Laundrie first and there were no charges pressed.

  • H. J. Hayes

    GABBY'S CASE WAS A 'MEDIA CIRCUS'

    Dr. Brent Blue from Teton County coroner's office appeared frustrated when he was asked about the challenges of doing his job in the glare of the media spotlight.

    “Well, it was quite the media circus and continues to be,” Blue said.

    "Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence.

    "And it's unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one."

  • H. J. Hayes

    ‘THEY KNEW SHE WAS IN TROUBLE’

    Petito family friend Steve Campo also told the Sun that Gabby’s “going to be looking over her family now and taking care of her brother and two sisters and looking over them.”

    He added that Gabby’s case has resonated with women everywhere.

    “Just speaking to other women and stuff when they saw the video of her, they knew that she was in trouble. I wouldn’t.

    “I don’t know but they were in relationships that that happened and they saw that you never want to see that again.

    “Again it’s somebody somebody’s sister, somebody’s daughter, wife, you know, no one should ever be ever feel that way again, that they can’t escape.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    GABBY WAS NOT PREGNANT AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH

    Gabby's autopsy confirmed that she was not pregnant at the time of her death.

    Online sleuths had speculated that Gabby may be pregnant after discovering a Pinterest board titled: “Oh Baby”.

    The board was also shared by Brian Laundrie's mom, the International Business Times reports.

    The page contains several links to items of clothing that were previously for sale including onesies and crocheted bibs.  

    There are several snaps of toddlers playing on the beach and cute family photos.

  • H. J. Hayes

    HOW LONG DOES STRANGULATION TAKE?

    Signs on Gabby Petito's body would have shown a "long and deliberate" death after the blogger was strangled, an expert has said.

    Dr. Dan Field, an expert witness in strangulation and homicide cases, said killing someone by strangulation is a "long, deliberate" process.

    He said it takes roughly between 62 and 157 seconds.

    Dr. Field said victims can lose consciousness within the first five to 10 seconds while being strangled – from a combination of lack of oxygen, reflexes and the obstruction of blood flow.

    Seizures can occur between 11 and 17 seconds, and by 30 seconds, they lose control of other organs.

    "It is surprisingly quick, but it's not a moment," Field told Fox News. "It's not a flap. It's not the pulling of a trigger." 

  • H. J. Hayes

    FINAL TEXT MYSTERY REMAINS

    Gabby's mother believes that her daughter’s last text wasn’t written by the late vlogger. 

    The message was sent to Nichole Schmidt on August 30 when Gabby and fiancé Brian Laundrie were still on their cross-country road trip.

    The mysterious text read: “No service in Yosemite”

    Yosemite is about 800 miles away from Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming where Gabby’s remains were eventually found.

    It’s unclear if Gabby was the one who sent the message, but the FBI has pinpointed her date of death to between August 27 to 30.

  • H. J. Hayes

    JARED HEMBREE, 26, IS MISSING IN GRAND TETON

    A 26-year-old Texas man went missing near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

    Jared Hembree was last seen on Thursday, October 21 in the park where Gabby Petito’s remains were found last month.

    Hembree’s car was found in the parking area of Game Warden Point but he was nowhere to be seen.

    A call expressing concern about Hembree’s well-being was made to park law enforcement.

    Hembree is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a green t-shirt with black pants and might be carrying a black backpack.

  • Danielle Cinone

    DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER’S FAMILY IS ‘PRAYING’ FOR GABBY’S FAMILY

    According to Newsweek, Dog hopes that Gabby Petitio‘s family can begin to process their grief now that the search for Brian is over.

    “The positive ID of Brian Laundrie’s remains gives some measure of closure to this case, if not to Gabby’s family who will likely now never know what truly happened,” he said.

    “We are praying for Gabby’s family. As a parent who has also lost a child, I know there’s no ending to this story that brings Gabby back. But now the family can begin the process of grieving. Our thoughts are with them.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    WILL MEDICAL EXAMINERS BE ABLE TO DETERMINE BRIAN’S CAUSE OF DEATH?

    Tom Joyce, a retired NYPD commander, that medical examiners may not be able to actually determine Brian’s cause of death.

    Realistically, there are three things that could’ve happened,” the retired NYPD Lieutenant Commander of Detectives said.

    “He could’ve died accidentally, or by natural causes in the area because he ran out of food and maybe he was attacked by an animal.

    “He could have committed suicide, or even potentially been the victim of a homicide.

    “So let’s say he killed himself and they find the skull, and it has a gunshot wound to the head. They can tell entry and exit [of the bullet]. And if it’s not reasonable, like let’s say the entry is in the back of the head and the exits in the front of the head that tells a whole different story than, you know, a shot to a temple, or from under the chin, or from inside the mouth.”

    But if the death was caused by toxic substance abuse or an injury at tissue level, such as a cut or even asphyxiation, Joyce says that will be much harder to detect.

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