Despite initial reports, it appears that Utah police were alerted to the 911-caller who claimed Brian Laundrie hit fiancé Gabby Petito moments before the couple was pulled over in Moab.
Previous reports indicated that authorities may have been unaware of the caller’s allegations. But new information obtained by Fox News shows this is untrue.
“RP (reporting party) states a seeing male hit a female, domestic,” the dispatcher says of the 911 caller just after 4:30 p.m. on the day of the incident. “He got into a white Ford Transit van, has a black ladder on the back, Florida plate.”
Officers pulled the couple over and witnessed a hysterical Gabby. She was sobbing and highly stressed. She accepted blame for slapping Brian and causing scratches on his face and arms. However, it appears authorities should have focused on questioning Brian Laundrie about the witness’s account. They didn’t. Authorities instead focused on Gabby as the instigator. Ultimately no charges were filed.
However, a dispatcher did make it clear to the officers that a witness saw a “gentleman slapping the girl.”
“Phone number is [redacted], name’s [redacted],” the dispatcher says right after 4:40 p.m. “I’m not sure [inaudible], but the female who got hit, they both, the male and the female, both got into the van and headed north.”
Additionally, according to the bodycam footage of the couple, the tape begins at 4:44 p.m. This is after the dispatcher informed the officers of the situation.
Officers Could Face Disciplinary Action
Now, Utah attorney Brett Tolman, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, believes the officers could also face disciplinary action for their misstep.
“I think they will find that they sort of manipulated the situation to not take someone into custody,” he said Sunday. “I think the fact that they had another eyewitness that is not involved in it, and is objective, and said ‘he hit her’ … you’re going to have a majority of officers take him into custody.”
Gabby Petito Memorial and Funeral
Further, this news breaks as Gabby’s friends and family are honoring her in Blue Point, New York Sunday. Her memorial service is open to anyone who wishes to celebrate her life. Additionally, the service has a live stream.
Outside the Moloney Funeral Home, dozens of signs, photos, and other tributes decorate the front of the building. Hundreds joined her celebration of life. Gabby’s family also put together a tribute video in her honor. The video reel highlights her favorite things. It documents her love of family, animals, and life.
In a speech, Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, urged people to cherish life. Further, he implored the visitors to stop postponing their dreams and to embrace life. Just as Gabby did, he said.