Gabby Petito Update: Police Release Bodycam Video Filmed After Couple Seen Fighting

Utah police have released bodycam video filmed after an altercation between now-missing travel YouTuber Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

In the video, Moab City Police Department (MCPD) officers separated and spoke to Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, close to their white van parked on the side of the road on August 12.

The footage, obtained by NBC2 News, showed Petito looking visibly upset and Laundrie with scratches on his face, which he said the 22-year-old had caused by hitting him.

Petito was seen talking to an officer about her mental health and how an altercation between them started after Laundrie locked her out of the van and told her to "calm down."

Later, the officer told the couple that he wanted the pair to "stay away from each other" for the night and that he would take Laundrie to a nearby hotel without Petito.

He added that both Petito and Laundrie told him they had "a bunch of little things that have been building up."

A report regarding the altercation was released by the MCPD as Laundrie later became a person of interest after Petito was reported missing by her mother Nichole Schmidt on September 11.

Officer Daniel Robbins said in the report obtained by Fox 5, that when he approached the van he saw Petito was "crying uncontrollably."

He said a witness, named as Christopher, "Stated that when Brian got into the van, he saw what appeared to him as Gabrielle hitting Brian in the arm and then climbing through the driver's window as if Brian had locked her out and she was trying to find a way in."

An excerpt from his colleague Eric Pratt added that Petito had slapped Laundrie, resulting in him pushing her away.

The report read: "All three individuals gave me a similar and consistent story, consisting of the basic idea that the driver of the van, a male, had some sort of argument with the female, Gabbie, as I recall.

"The male tried to create distance by telling Gabbie to go take a walk to calm down, she didn't want to be separated from the male, and began slapping him.

"He grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van, he tried to lock her out and succeeded except for his driver's door, she opened that and forced her way over him and into the vehicle before it drove off."

The report added: "No one reported the male struck the female, both the male and the female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime."

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On Wednesday, North Port Police in Florida said Laundrie returned in the van to the home they shared together with his parents in North Port without her.

The force said Laundrie had not cooperated with police and has not allowed himself to be interviewed by officers.

A statement shared by North Port Police on Twitter read: "That vehicle was fully processed for evidence along with FBI agents Tuesday evening. As of now, Brian has not made himself available to be interviewed by investigators or had provided any helpful details.

"We know Brian returned here to North Port on September 1 - 10 days before her family reported her missing on September 11. We have no information that a crime occured here in North Port. Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in this case."

Petito was last seen traveling to the Yellowstone area of Wyoming, according to her family.

Schmidt said she last received a text from her daughter's phone on August 30, but did not believe Petito sent it.

Speaking to New York Post on Wednesday, Schmidt said the last message read: "No service in Yosemite."

She added: "I do not believe the text on August 30th was from my daughter."

When asked if she had doubts, Schmidt replied: "The van was in Florida on the 1st (of September). I think I can do the math."

The 22-year-old had started a YouTube channel to share her journey across the U.S. with Laundrie, with their first video being shared on August 19.

Commenters underneath the video sent their well-wishes to Petito, hoping that she would return safely back to her family.

Gabby Petito appeared visibly distressed
Gabby Petito appeared visibly distressed in the footage. In this video, Gabby is speaking to police about an altercation with her partner. Moab City Police Department