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Gabby Petito – live: FBI are searching the Carlton Reserve, a 24,565-acre park, for missing Gabrielle Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie

Protesters chant ‘where’s Gabby?’ outside Brian Laundrie’s home

A couple claims they saw missing YouTuber Gabby Petito’s van near Jenny lake in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The couple said they saw the van on 25 August, narrowing the potential search area for investigators if they deem the tip credible.

The couple did not see Ms Petito or her fiancé Brian Laundrie. However, Ms Petito did tag numerous potential campsites on an app called The Dyrt, which may provide insight into the general area she planned to explore on her trip.

Protesters gathered outside Mr Laundrie’s house on Thursday and plan to return on Friday, hoping to pressure him into cooperating with law enforcement. Ms Petito’s family called on Mr Laundrie’s family to help them find their daughter.

The Petitos asked the Laundries “as parents, how can you put us through this pain” and begged them to at least tell them where Ms Petito was left, or if they are even looking in the right area.

The family also revealed they do not believe Ms Petito’s final text message on 30 August actually came from her.

Ms Petito and her fiancé were reportedly arguing and hitting each other, according to a police report from Utah.

The couple, who were on a road trip in Ms Petito’s van, were spotted having an argument in Moab City, Utah on 12 August.

Bodycamera footage of a police encounter with the couple shows Ms Petito crying over the argument she and Mr Laundrie had been having during their trip.

On Wednesday, the North Port Police Department in Florida announced they were treating Ms Petito’s fiancé as a person of interest in their investigation. He has thus far refused to cooperate with law enforcement.

Ms Petito disappeared while on a road trip with her fiancé, Mr Laundrie, who returned without her, prompting a frantic search for the 22-year-old woman that began on 11 September.

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Florida police believe Gabrielle Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, may be in the Carlton Reserve

Police have said they are combing the vast Carlton Reserve for Ms Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who is now also missing.

The FBI are helping in the search of the 24,565-acre reserve, which is north of Mr Laundrie’s home in North Port, Florida.

“His family says they believe he entered the area earlier this week,” police said, adding that they would share more details when they came available.


Timeline: Everything we know so far

Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old YouTuber and Instagram star, has been missing since late August, having embarked on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, that she was documenting on social media.

The couple grew up in Blue Point on Long Island in New York but lived together in North Port, Florida, setting out on a dream road trip from the Big Apple on 2 July in Ms Petito’s Ford Transit van and hoping to reach a friend’s house in Portland, Oregon, by Halloween.

However, Ms Petito’s family have not heard from their daughter since receiving text messages towards the end of last month that they have suggested may not have been written by her.

Mr Laundrie returned to North Port alone on 1 September.

Concerned for her daughter, Nicole Schmidt contacted police and a missing person’s investigation commenced on 11 September.

Woman documenting her cross-country van trip to US national parks with fiancé has not been seen since 24 August and police consider him ‘person of interest’


Family have not seen Laundrie since Tuesday

The fiance of missing van life blogger Gabby Petito has also disappeared, his attorney has said.

Brian Laundrie, who had been named a person of interest by police following his fiancee’s disappearance, had refused to speak with police after returning alone from the couple’s road trip across the US.

Mr Laundrie has not been seen for several days, according to his attorney, who told Florida police that his family had not seen him since Tuesday.

Harriet Sinclair reports.

‘We are now working a multiple missing persons investigation,’ police say


Gabby Petito told police fiancé was a ‘downer’

Missing van life blogger Gabby Petito told police that her fiance didn’t think she could make her travel website successful and described him as a “downer” following an argument that prompted bystanders to call 911.

Ms Petito was reported missing by her family on 11 September after her fiance Brian Laundrie returned from their trip alone at the beginning of the month. She was last heard from at the end of August, several weeks after having an argument with Mr Laundrie that resulted in law enforcement being called.

Harriet Sinclair has the story.

Police have named Brian Laundrie as a person of interest in investigation


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Gabby’s friend speaks out about ‘problematic’ relationship

Gabby Petito’s friend has said that Brian Laundrie was “controlling” towards his fiancée.

Rose Davis told the Daily Mail that 23-year-old Laundrie was a jealous partner to Gabby, and that their relationship had become “more problematic” as time went on.

She said that he once took Gabby’s ID so she couldn’t go out with Rose to a line-dancing event.

Rose told the Mail that Gabby returned home and confronted him, and that he then admitted to taking her ID.

She added: “She was so hysterical. She told me she slapped him and said something about him pushing her.

“She was holding back. I told her you need to tell me the deep of what happened and she just wouldn’t.”


Police receive more than 1,000 tips from public

North Port Police have said that they have received more than 1,000 tips from the public amid their investigation into the disappearance of Gabby Petito.

The force’s Public Information Officer Josh Taylor said they have received an “enormous” amount of tips.

He said, according to the PIX11 news website: “The vast majority of them are not helpful.”

But, he added, “nuggets” of information – such as vehicles being in certain locations at certain times – could lead to “one more piece in our timeline.”

Mr Taylor also said: “So certainly there’s been progress made throughout the last 24 hours and – I don’t know if we’re to the point where we’ve got it solved by any means but the goal right now is to bring Gabby home and that’s what we’re going to continue to promote.”

He also confirmed during the news conference that the police force does not have Gabby’s mobile phone.


Gabby’s family: ‘Brian is not missing, he is hiding'

A statement has been posted on Twitter from Gabby Petito’s family that dismisses reports that Brian Laundrie is “missing”.

It says: “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.”

Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée Gabby, who was reported missing by her family on 11 September.

North Port Police have said that Laundrie is “not wanted for a crime” and that officers are working on “multiple missing person” investigations rather than a crime investigation.


Laundrie ‘not wanted for a crime’ – police

North Port Police have confirmed that they are working on “multiple missing person” investigations rather than a crime investigation.

Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family on 11 September.

In a Twitter post, North Port Police said that the force “understand[s] the community’s frustration, we are frustrated too.

“For six days, the North Port Police Department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s fiancé [sic] Gabby Petito.

“Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail. It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime.

“We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations.”


Police and FBI now also searching for Laundrie

Police and the FBI are now searching for both Gabby Petito and her partner Brian Laundrie.

North Port police said in a statement that Laundrie’s family told officers they haven’t seen him since Tuesday. 

Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée Gabby, who was reported missing by her family on 11 September.

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Police and the FBI are now searching for both Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie

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