The 911 caller who reported a domestic incident between Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito in Utah last month claimed he’d seen a man “slapping” a woman, new audio revealed Monday.
The caller told dispatchers that he had encountered a man and woman in Moab on Aug. 12 engaged in a “domestic dispute,” according to audio obtained by Fox News.
“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said.
The dispatcher responded, “He was slapping her?”
“Yes, and then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk, he proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off,” the man replied.
The caller told authorities the pair had been driving in a white van with Florida plates.
The disturbing audio seemingly contradicted a police report in which Petito was depicted as the aggressor.
“The male tried to create distance by telling Gabbie [sic] to go take a walk to calm down, she didn’t want to be separated from the male, and began slapping him,” the report said.
“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 continued.
An officer wrote “it was reported the male had been observed to have assaulted the female,” but later determined that “no one reported that the male struck the female.”
Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11 after Laundrie, 23, returned home to Florida 10 days earlier.
The FBI said Sunday that remains “consistent with the description” of Petito had been uncovered in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
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