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‘Didn’t Seem Right’: Witness Was Deeply Alarmed by Van-Life Couple’s Fight

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A person who saw doomed “van-life” couple Gabby Petito and fiancé Brian Laundrie fighting in Moab, Utah, told cops that “something definitely didn’t seem right,” according to a witness statement released by authorities.

Petito and Laundrie two set off in July to travel the U.S., visiting the country’s national parks and wilderness areas while living out of a converted 2012 Ford Transit Connect van. But although their online postings portrayed a blissful existence on the road, the couple’s relationship was in fact starting to fray by mid-August, a police report obtained by The Daily Beast revealed.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie, 23, arrived back at the North Port, Florida, home he shared with his parents and the 22-year-old Petito. But Petito, mysteriously, wasn’t with him. On Sept. 11, having not heard from their daughter in two weeks—and after receiving an “odd” text message that raised red flags for Petito’s mom—the Petito family called the police to report her missing. Three weeks later, Petito’s body was found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Laundrie, who was named a person of interest in the case, has thus far refused to speak to investigators. In the midst of it all, Laundrie himself suddenly vanished while hiking in a nearby nature preserve, according to his family. The FBI has led a manhunt in an attempt to locate Laundrie’s........

© The Daily Beast

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