Restaurant fight between Laundrie and Petito in Wyoming could have led to her death: Report

While authorities continue to search for Brian Laundrie, the person of interest in the death and disappearance of Gabby Petito, a pioneer of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit is weighing in on what may have led to Petito’s death.

According to Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, the argument that took place between Laundrie and Petito at the Wyoming restaurant in late August could help to explain the motivation behind Petito’s death, Fox News reports.  

“The restaurant incident … is the second and most important,” Burgess said.

The restaurant incident

The incident that Burgess referenced took place on Aug. 27 at Merry Piglets, a restaurant in Wyoming.

There, witnesses reported seeing Laundrie enter a heated argument with the restaurant’s staff. It is unclear what the argument was about. However, witnesses reported that at some point during the fight, Petito approached the restaurant’s staff and apologized for Laundrie’s behavior.

“How she has to apologize for his behavior is something that’s kind of characteristic, and this probably enrages him even more because he wants to appear in a certain way,” Burgess noted.

As Burgess went on to point out, this is believed to be one of the last times that Petito was seen alive. Several weeks after being reported missing in early September, Petito’s body was found at a Wyoming campsite.

A coroner recently ruled Petito’s death a homicide that was brought about by strangulation. The coroner’s report put Petito’s time of death to be around Aug. 27.

Another red flag

According to Burgess, another concerning incident is the domestic dispute call that police responded to a few weeks earlier in Utah. There, police stopped Petito and Laundrie after witnesses reported seeing a man hit a woman multiple times.

Video of the police response to the incident has since been released, and what that video shows is a visibly distraught Petito desperately attempting to take the blame for the situation. Experts have argued that this is a fairly standard response for a victim of domestic abuse.

The video has been the cause of much controversy with many arguing that the police, considering the witness accounts, should have arrested Laundrie, and that if they did, Petito might still be alive. What the police did do was release Laundrie and Petito with instructions to separate for the night.

While there is evidence that seems to point to Laundrie, it is important to note that, at this point, Laundrie is still only considered to be a “person of interest” by authorities. He has been missing for a month now after returning home to Florida without Petito.

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