Gabby Petito Case: Witness Told Police ‘Something Seemed Off’ During Dispute

by Jonathan Howard

As more details come out about the Gabby Petito case, a timeline is being established. A witness told police that things weren’t all right when she saw the couple. Brian Laundrie and Petito had been pulled over regarding a domestic dispute at one point. They were separated for a short time following that dispute.

According to one witness, “something seemed off,” about the couple during their dispute. That incident occurred in Moab, Utah last month. The witness, listed as Chris, gave a written statement to Moab police. That statement revealed a few details that are consistent with the details already known.

According to his account, the witness said he saw the couple in, “some sort of dispute,” back on August 12th. That was near the Moonflower Community Cooperative. At the time, the two were speaking, “aggressively,” with one another. His statement also says that Gabby Petito, “was punching him (Brian Laundrie) in the arm.”

At one point, Petito asked Laundrie, “Why do you have to be so mean?” While it wasn’t clear how serious the situation was to Chris at the time, “from my point of view, something definitely didn’t seem right.”

Police had been called to the scene due to 911 calls. During the stop, police questioned both Laundrie and Petito were questioned by police. Then, the two were separated by law enforcement for a time. However, they did end up back together shortly after.

The coroner’s office in Teton County, Wyoming confirmed that the remains found by law enforcement were indeed Gabby Petito’s. They also initially confirmed the manner of death was a homicide. The official cause of death has not been confirmed.

Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie Van in Disarray

While the two were stopped, Petito and Laundrie were caught on bodycam by police. By the look of things, the vehicle was a mess. However, based on the YouTube videos Gabby posted, that wasn’t always the case.

Just a week after being stopped, Petito posted a video showing off the van. It had neatly stacked boxes and everything was put together in a particular order. It was far different from the images seen in the police video on August 12.

Perhaps the condition of the van shows just how hectic life had gotten for the young couple. Another 911 call to police detailed the dispute further than Chris, providing a full timeline and narrative of the dispute. The caller said that Laundrie had been slapping Petito in the van.

It went as far as the two getting out of the van, Laundrie hitting her, and then they got in the van and left, according to the caller. While Laundrie would return home on September 1 in Florida, Petito wouldn’t be reported missing until the 11th. Now that her remains have been recovered, authorities will be able to determine the cause of death. It has already been ruled a homicide. Laundrie is still a person of interest.