911 caller says they witnessed Brian Laundrie 'slapping’ Gabby Petito

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A 911 caller in Moab, Utah claimed he saw Brian Laundrie "slapping" Gabby Petito just weeks before Laundrie returned to his Florida home without his girlfriend.

The witness, whose name has not been made public, alerted the emergency services of the "domestic dispute" at around 4:30PM local time on August 12, Fox 13 News reports.

Per the Independent, law enforcement pulled over the converted Ford Transit van that the couple had been traveling in not long after they received the 911 call, the audio of which was first obtained by Fox News.

However, the altercation was deemed relatively minor and so no charges were made.

Officer Eric Pratt, of Moab Utah, noted in a report, per CBS58: "Both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime."

After the police's interaction with the pair, who had been embarking on a cross-country road trip at the time, it was recommended that they remain separate for a night, with Laundrie told to stay at a hotel and Petito in the van.

Listen to the 911 call below:
Read a transcript of the 911 call in full below:

Dispatcher: Grand County Sheriff's Office. Hi, can you hear me sir?

Caller: Yeah. Hi, I'm calling. I'm right on the corner of Main Street by Moonflower. And we're driving by and I'd like to report a domestic dispute to Florida with a white Florida license plate. White Van, gentlemen, about 5'6, Beard.

Dispatcher: Where's it at?

Caller: They just drove off. They're going down Main Street. They made a right onto Main Street for a Moonflower.

Dispatcher: Or what were they doing?

Caller: But- what do you say?

Dispatcher: What were they doing?

Caller: We drove by him a gentleman was slapping the girl.

Dispatcher: He was slapping her?

Caller: Yes. And then we stop. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her hops in the car. And they drove off

Dispatcher: You say that was a white van?

Caller: White van, I can give you the license plate if you give me one sec. I took.

Dispatcher: What kind of white van? Like a big one?

Caller: It was a smaller van with the license plate of it was white. Florida license plate QFCG03. It was the make was a Ford Model was transit. Black ladder on the passenger side.

Dispatcher: Black ladder passenger side.

Caller: White Ford Transit.

Dispatcher: White Ford Transit. Okay, what's your name? And where did they? So they turned. They headed south on Main Street from Moonflower Market?

Caller: Correct. They made the right turn.

Dispatcher: So they went north.

Caller: North. Yeah. So I'm not from around here.

Dispatcher: Okay. So you're right there by the post office.

Caller: Right across the street. Yep.

Dispatcher: Okay. And when they turned on to Main Street, they went right or left?

Caller: Right.

Dispatcher: Right. So they went north, north on Main. All right. I will let somebody know. Thank you.

Caller: Yeah, no worries.

Dispatcher: Bye.

On August 24, less than two weeks after the incident, Petito's mother and stepfather spoke to the 22-year-old for a final time via a FaceTime call.

Her stepfather said Gabby had told them that she and Laundrie had made plans to leave Utah and head to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

And it was in Teton County that human remains were found on September 19 "consistent with the description" of Petito.

Laundrie, a person of interest in the case, had gone missing some days before the body was discovered. His parents told the police that they had not seen him since September 14. He is yet to be found.

Featured image credit: JosephPetito / Twitter

911 caller says they witnessed Brian Laundrie 'slapping’ Gabby Petito

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By VT

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A 911 caller in Moab, Utah claimed he saw Brian Laundrie "slapping" Gabby Petito just weeks before Laundrie returned to his Florida home without his girlfriend.

The witness, whose name has not been made public, alerted the emergency services of the "domestic dispute" at around 4:30PM local time on August 12, Fox 13 News reports.

Per the Independent, law enforcement pulled over the converted Ford Transit van that the couple had been traveling in not long after they received the 911 call, the audio of which was first obtained by Fox News.

However, the altercation was deemed relatively minor and so no charges were made.

Officer Eric Pratt, of Moab Utah, noted in a report, per CBS58: "Both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime."

After the police's interaction with the pair, who had been embarking on a cross-country road trip at the time, it was recommended that they remain separate for a night, with Laundrie told to stay at a hotel and Petito in the van.

Listen to the 911 call below:
Read a transcript of the 911 call in full below:

Dispatcher: Grand County Sheriff's Office. Hi, can you hear me sir?

Caller: Yeah. Hi, I'm calling. I'm right on the corner of Main Street by Moonflower. And we're driving by and I'd like to report a domestic dispute to Florida with a white Florida license plate. White Van, gentlemen, about 5'6, Beard.

Dispatcher: Where's it at?

Caller: They just drove off. They're going down Main Street. They made a right onto Main Street for a Moonflower.

Dispatcher: Or what were they doing?

Caller: But- what do you say?

Dispatcher: What were they doing?

Caller: We drove by him a gentleman was slapping the girl.

Dispatcher: He was slapping her?

Caller: Yes. And then we stop. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her hops in the car. And they drove off

Dispatcher: You say that was a white van?

Caller: White van, I can give you the license plate if you give me one sec. I took.

Dispatcher: What kind of white van? Like a big one?

Caller: It was a smaller van with the license plate of it was white. Florida license plate QFCG03. It was the make was a Ford Model was transit. Black ladder on the passenger side.

Dispatcher: Black ladder passenger side.

Caller: White Ford Transit.

Dispatcher: White Ford Transit. Okay, what's your name? And where did they? So they turned. They headed south on Main Street from Moonflower Market?

Caller: Correct. They made the right turn.

Dispatcher: So they went north.

Caller: North. Yeah. So I'm not from around here.

Dispatcher: Okay. So you're right there by the post office.

Caller: Right across the street. Yep.

Dispatcher: Okay. And when they turned on to Main Street, they went right or left?

Caller: Right.

Dispatcher: Right. So they went north, north on Main. All right. I will let somebody know. Thank you.

Caller: Yeah, no worries.

Dispatcher: Bye.

On August 24, less than two weeks after the incident, Petito's mother and stepfather spoke to the 22-year-old for a final time via a FaceTime call.

Her stepfather said Gabby had told them that she and Laundrie had made plans to leave Utah and head to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

And it was in Teton County that human remains were found on September 19 "consistent with the description" of Petito.

Laundrie, a person of interest in the case, had gone missing some days before the body was discovered. His parents told the police that they had not seen him since September 14. He is yet to be found.

Featured image credit: JosephPetito / Twitter