Police in Utah responded to an “incident” involving missing Long Island native Gabby Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie about two weeks before she was last seen — but no arrests were made and no criminal charges were filed as a result.
Moab Chief of Police Bret Edge said an unidentified person called in “an incident” involving the couple on Aug. 12, according to Fox News.
“Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges,” Edge told the outlet.
The nature of the incident was unclear.
Petito, 22, was reported missing on Sept. 11 by her mother after she was last seen at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park in late August.
Laundrie and Petito left together on the cross-country trip, but Laundrie later returned to the Florida home they shared — and has since dodged cops and media. He said through his lawyer Tuesday that he would “remain in the background.”
Petito’s family responded by imploring her boyfriend to open up.
“The Schmidt and Petito family are going through the worst moments of their lives,” they said in a statement.
“The Schmidt and Petito family beg the Laundrie family to not ‘remain in the background’ but to help find who Brian referred to as the love of his life,” the statement said. “How does Brian stay in the background when he is the one person that knows where Gabby is located.”
Police have not accused Laundrie of wrongdoing, but cops in his town of North Port, Fla., reportedly want to talk to him as the FBI and the Suffolk County police investigate.
Officials there previously called Petito’s disappearance “odd.”
“I think anyone would assume that the possible last person to be around her is a person of interest to want to talk with,” a spokesman told Fox. “However, there is no crime at this point.”