Police in Florida are looking for Gabby Petito's boyfriend.
Police are looking for the boyfriend of a woman who went missing on a road trip in the United States.
Officers in Florida stated they were collaborating with the FBI to seek Brian Laundrie, 23, who has been identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito.
According to North Port police, Laundrie's relatives informed officers that he had not been seen since Tuesday. According to police, the talk on Friday evening was the first time they had spoken in detail with Laundrie's family about the case, and the meeting was requested by the family.
According to police, an attorney for the family contacted FBI investigators and requested to speak with them regarding Laundrie's disappearance.
Laundrie and Petito, 22, embarked on a cross-country adventure in a converted van in July, intending to tour national parks in the western United States. Her relatives reported her missing on 11 September.
On 1 September, investigators say, Laundrie returned in the van to his parents' house in North Port, Florida. He was then recognized as a person of interest in the case, which has garnered widespread media coverage, in part due to Petito's massive Instagram following.
“It is critical to clarify that, while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby's disappearance, he is not wanted for any criminal offense,” North Port police said in a statement Friday. It stated that the probe had evolved into a case of "several missing persons."
On Friday night, Steven Bertolino, an attorney for Brian Laundrie, did not reply to a request for comment.
Earlier this week, Petito's family asked with the Laundrie family to inform them of the location of their son's last sighting of her.
Petito and Laundrie met on Long Island, where they both grew up. Later in life, his parents relocated to North Port, approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
According to police video obtained by the Moab police department in Utah, an officer pulled down the van on 12 August after it was observed speeding and colliding with a kerb near the Arches national park entrance. Petito appeared distraught in the body cam video as he sat inside a police cruiser while officers questioned Laundrie as well.
Laundrie stated on the video that the couple got into a little altercation after he entered the van with dirty feet and that he did not wish to pursue a domestic violence case against Petito, who officers determined was the aggressor.
He informed the officers that he would not press charges against her since he loved her. “It was merely a quarrel. “I'm sorry that became public,” Laundrie says in the video.
Moab police decided against charging the couple and instead separated them for the night, with Laundrie staying in a motel and Petito staying in the converted sleeper van.
The official talk with the family on Friday occurred shortly after North Port police chief Todd Garrison publicly expressed his frustration on Wednesday with Brian Laundrie's lack of assistance, begging with Laundrie's lawyer to arrange a meeting.
“Two persons left on a trip and one person returned!” the police chiefGarrison had previously stated in a tweet.
According to their social media profiles, the couple expected to reach Oregon by Halloween, but Petito vanished after her last known communication with family in late August from Wyoming's Grand Teton national park, investigators said.
Laundrie returned the van to Florida alone on 1 September, investigators said. Petito's family filed a missing persons complaint with Suffolk County, New York police last Saturday.
Petito's parents had sent a letter to Laundrie's parents via their attorney on Thursday, pleading with them to assist detectives in locating Petito.
Bertolino stated that while the Laundrie family wished for Petito's safe return, he had requested that they refrain from speaking with investigators.