October 24, 2021

Gabby Petito case not linked to slaying of two women in Utah, police say

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A Utah county sheriff mentioned Friday detectives have decided there isn’t a connection between the disappearance of a Florida girl who went lacking throughout a cross-country journey along with her boyfriend and a still-unsolved slaying of two women who have been fatally shot.

Police in Florida had mentioned Thursday a attainable connection was being explored as a result of the women have been discovered useless in the identical vacationer city of Moab, Utah, the place the lacking girl, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie had an emotional struggle to which police had been known as.

However Grand County Sheriff Steven White mentioned in a information launch the two instances are unrelated, with out offering any particulars.

The two women killed, newlyweds Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, had instructed mates they feared a “creepy man” that they had seen close by would possibly hurt them earlier than their our bodies have been discovered Aug. 18.

Gabby Petito disappearance timeline: What we all know up to now

The dispute between Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, occurred on Aug. 12 and was caught on police physique digital camera. Finally Moab police determined not to file any expenses and as an alternative separated the couple for the evening, with Laundrie checking right into a motel and Petito remaining with the transformed sleeper van.

Petito and Laundrie began their drive throughout the U.S. in July from New York’s Lengthy Island, the place each grew up. They supposed to attain Oregon by Halloween, in accordance to their social media accounts. However Petito vanished after her final identified contact with household in late August from Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming, authorities mentioned.

Laundrie drove the Ford Transit van again to Florida on Sept. 1 alone, police mentioned. Petito’s household filed a missing-person report final Saturday with police in Suffolk County, New York.

Police in North Port, Florida, the place the couple lived, say Laundrie is a “person of interest” in her case. He has not been charged, however he’s additionally not cooperating.

Petito’s dad and mom launched a letter via their lawyer on Thursday to Laundrie’s dad and mom, asking them to assist investigators find Petito, regardless of their intuition to defend their son.

Laundrie’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, mentioned the Laundrie household is hoping for Petito’s secure return, however he has requested them not to communicate with investigators.