Gabby Petito: Police Reveal Witness Statement From Man Who Saw Couple’s Violent Dispute
Police investigating the death of Gabby Petito have released a statement given by a witness who saw her and her partner fighting, roughly two weeks before she was last seen.
In the written statement, the witness, identified only as Chris, said he witnessed a domestic dispute between the couple in Moab, Utah on August 12.
The witness told officers:
I observed a man and woman appear to have some sort of a dispute. They were talking aggressively at each other and something seemed off. At one point they were sort of fighting over a phone, I think the male took the female’s phone. It appeared that he didn’t want her in the white van. He got into the driver’s seat and she followed him. At one point she was punching him in the arm and/or face and trying to get into the van.
‘I wasn’t sure how serious this was – it was hard to tell if it was sort of play fighting, but from my point of view something definitely didn’t seem right,’ the witness said.
The publication of the statement comes days after police released audio of a 911 call apparently related to the same incident, in which the caller tells officers he’d seen Laundrie ‘slapping’ Petito and chasing her ‘up and down the sidewalk’.
Police eventually tracked down the couple’s van and spoke to Laundrie and Petito, reportedly separating them for the night after they acknowledged the dispute.
The FBI is asking anyone with information concerning Petito and Laundrie’s movement to call its tipline.
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