Gabby Petito's family in Florida to meet with FBI, agency says 'final statement' coming soon

史蒂文·贝托利诺, 在涉及他失踪和随后自杀的案件中代表布赖恩·劳德里 (Brian Laundrie) 父母的律师, told Fox News Digital on Thursday that he did not know what news might be coming out of Tampa, 佛罗里达, where the Petitos were that day. He added that he and the Petito family attorney, Rick Stafford, 有 “been working together to come to an agreement on the distribution of property to be released from law enforcement.

He added that he and Stafford had compiled a written agreementto detail how the propertywould be distributed when the time comes and said the belongings included the notebook found with Laundrie when his remains were recovered.

Bertolino would not say which family would get the notebook. Stafford did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Thursday.

The FBI indicated that answers could be coming soon in response to questions about contents of Laundrie’s notebook, found in the swamp near his remains along with other items.

“今天, the family of Gabrielle Petito met with the FBI at the Tampa Field Office,” an FBI Denver spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “We will be issuing a final statement shortly as our investigation will be coming to a close in the near future.

与此同时, North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor told Fox News on Thursday said he wasunawareof any developments in the case that would have led to it being closed.

他加了: “We knew they would be meeting after the first of the year. I would think we would be briefed if in fact something was wrapping up.

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Brian Laundrie’s remains were found on Oct. 20, 2021, in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located in the 23-year-old’s hometown of North Port. His parents made the grim discovery while hiking with law enforcement in the area, where they had told authorities their son was known to frequent.

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Laundrie was considered a fugitive and was a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death.The FBI had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges related to his unauthorized use of a bank card.

Laundrie and 22-year-old Petito left for a trip in mid-June with the plan to visit national parks in her white converted Ford Transit. The couple had met years earlier on Long Island, 纽约, where they grew up and later moved into the North Port home with Brian’s parents.

During their travels through Utah, Moab Police received a report of a domestic violence incident involving the couple. A witness told 911 he saw a man, later found to be Brian Laundrie, hitting and “拍打” 女人, 佩蒂托, 在八月 12.

The call appears to contradict a police report in which an officer states “没有人报告说男性袭击了女性。”

One of the officers on the scene wrote that the incident could bemore accurately categorized as a mental/emotional health ‘break’ than a domestic assault.

An outside investigation 发现 “unintentional mistakes,” and recommended the officers involved in the case be placed on probation, according to a report released Jan. 12.

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Laundrie arrived back in North Port on Sept. 1 — with the van, but without Petito.

Parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie said Brian, 23, 离开了他家的北港, 佛罗里达, 九月回家. 13 to hike in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located alongside the T. 小马布里·卡尔顿. 纪念保护区. The Laundriesattorney had initially identified the date of Brian’s disappearance as being Sept. 14 before changing the timeline weeks later.

After his disappearance, 州, 当地的, county and federal law enforcement extensively searched the reserve and the Myakkahatchee, where Laundrie was said to have parked his car at the time.

His family did not announce until Sept. 17 – four days after he allegedly left – that he had not returned.

佩蒂托的母亲, 妮可·施密特, reported her missing to Suffolk County Police in 纽约 在9月. 11. Search teams discovered Petito’s body near 怀俄明州 Grand Teton National Park on Sept. 19 and announced shortly thereafter that she had been the victim of a homicide.

Authorities later said she died ofmanual strangulation.

福克斯新闻’ 奥黛丽·康克林, Michael Ruiz and Heather Lacy contributed to this report.

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