The fiancé of Gabby Petito, who went missing on a cross-country road trip, won't speak to authorities, police say

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Gabby Petito and fiance Brian Laundrie
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, her fiancé. Courtesy of Schmidt and Petito family
  • Police told Insider that Gabby Petito's fiancé wouldn't speak to authorities.

  • "His family declined to make him available, and they gave us the information for his attorney," a spokesman said.

  • Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on Saturday.

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The fiancé of the New York woman who went missing on a cross-country road trip has hired a lawyer, and his family won't let him speak to investigators, a police spokesman told Insider on Tuesday.

Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old "van life" YouTuber, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, set out from New York in a white converted camper van on July 2, her family has said.

The pair visited national parks across the US, including in Colorado and Utah. Petito's family reported her missing on Saturday.

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She was last seen checking out of a hotel with Laundrie on August 24. Petito's last known location is believed to be Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Laundrie recently returned with the van to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, where he and Petito had been living, the police said.

Investigators with the North Port Police Department seized the van over the weekend, a spokesman, Josh Taylor, said.

"We showed up. We see the vehicle. We take the vehicle," Taylor told Insider. "We make an attempt to talk with Brian, and his family declined to make him available, and they gave us the information for his attorney."

Though the police don't know whether a crime has been committed, investigators still want to speak with Laundrie.

"Right now we don't have a crime. We have a concern of a crime," Taylor said.

Taylor said the van "could be a key piece of evidence" in the case.

"It's her van," Taylor said of Petito. "She's not here. He is. So I think it was important for us to take that vehicle and to preserve potential evidence."

Taylor said the van would "be processed accordingly, as far as fingerprinting and other types of forensic processes."

The department is working with the FBI on the matter, the spokesman said.

Taylor added that New York's Suffolk County Police Department was leading the investigation into Petito's disappearance. The police in Suffolk County told Insider they had no new information to share about the case as of Tuesday morning.

The attorney for Laundrie did not immediately return Insider's request for comment on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Petito's family has urged the public to help find the young woman.

"We don't eat. We don't sleep. We're just actively looking for her," Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt, told reporters on Monday.

Schmidt said she last FaceTimed with Petito in late August.

Petito has a tattoo that says "let it be" on her right arm and a tattoo of a triangle with flowers on her left arm, the police said. She is 5-foot-5 with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Petito's whereabouts can contact the Suffolk County police at 800-220-8477.

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