Police announced Wednesday that the boyfriend of Gabby Petito is a person of interest in the case of the 22-year-old woman who has been missing for more than two weeks after visiting Jackson Hole.

The North Port (Florida) Police Department, the primary investigating agency in the search for Petito, made that announcement Wednesday, noting boyfriend Brian Laundrie’s reluctance to speak with police and his hiring of a lawyer.

“We don’t know what Brian knows. I mean, that’s the bottom line,” North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor said Wednesday at a news conference. “He needs to talk to us.”

Taylor said that when police went to Laundrie’s house and asked to speak with him, a family member instead gave police information for his attorney.

“We have had conversations with his attorney, but certainly nothing to the level of providing us the details we would like,” Taylor added.

Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, where he and Petito had been living, on Sept. 1, police said. With him was the vehicle he and Petito traveled in, which law enforcement officers have since searched.

Taylor announced that Petito’s family has arrived in Jackson to aid in the search for their loved one.

The FBI hotline for tips is 800-CALLFBI (225-5324).

Contact Alexander Shur at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Alexander has reported on courts and crime since June 2021. A fan of all things outdoors, he came to Teton County after studying journalism at Northwestern University.

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