Callahan Walsh, the son of John Walsh, has criticized the handling of the Gabby Petito case by law enforcement. He believes that police should have dealt with the calls they received about Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, differently than they did.
According to Fox News, it is Walsh’s opinion that the relationship between Petito and Laundrie was domestically abusive. On two occasions, police were sent to respond to calls that the young couple was fighting.
“When law enforcement showed up, they didn’t have that information of the caller saying they had seen Brian assaulting Gabby. Mistakes were absolutely made,” Walsh said.
He went on to say that he does not believe that law enforcement purposefully made the mistakes he alleges they did.
“Were those mistakes made intentionally? No. Law enforcement works off of — especially law enforcement officers out in the field — (they’re) working on the information that they get. When the police show up, it’s a scary situation. People are nervous,” Walsh also said.
Callahan Walsh Said He Believes There Was ‘Abuse Going On’ In Relationship Between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie
The abusive nature of the relationship between Petito and Laundrie should have been more obvious to law enforcement, according to Callahan Walsh.
“There were multiple accounts from multiple different witnesses that there was some sort of abuse going on between them. Who the aggressor was – that line blurs sometimes in domestic disputes,” he also said.
Walsh then went on to discuss how some people who knew Gabby Pepito have shared information about incidents between her and Brian Laundrie. “However, I know Gabby’s friends have come forward and had detailed times where Brian has been very jealous, aggressive and stole Gabby’s ID so she couldn’t go out with her friends and did other strange things as well,” Walsh also said.
Gabby Petito, 22, was found dead on Sunday, Sept. 19, in Wyoming. An autopsy found that her death was the result of homicide. The last time Petito was seen alive was on Aug. 24. On Sept. 1, Brian Laundrie, 23, returned to the Florida home where his parents also live. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. Laundrie left his home on Sept. 14. As of the morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 23, the search for him continues.
Walsh also raised questions about how much knowledge Laundrie’s parents have about the case and if they are helping their son. “What (Brian’s parents) are doing is not right. They should be working with law enforcement, they should be telling them everything they know about what their son has been up to when they last saw him or what they spoke about,” Walsh said.
Callahan Walsh works with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as a child advocate. He also serves as a co-host for “In Pursuit with John Walsh.”
John Walsh has also voiced his opinion about the Gabby Petito case. Like his son, he also believes that the relationship between Petito and Laundrie was abusive. During an interview with Anderson Cooper, Walsh vowed to find Laundrie. “I’m setting up to catch this dirtbag. This is a homicide,” he said.