Gabby Petito cops ‘not ruling out’ potential link between disappearance & couple’s murder near where she fought fiance

COPS investigating the disappearance of Gabby Petito have revealed they are “not ruling out” a potential link between the missing case and a couple’s murder near where she fought her fiancé.

Utah investigators reportedly said on Wednesday they are “not ruling out” the possible connection between the 22-year-old traveler who was reported missing on September 11 and two newlyweds who were fatally shot at a campground near Moab.

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Laundrie, left, has been named by cops as a person of interest[/caption]

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Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were found dead by a friend in the La Sal mountain range in Utah on August 18[/caption]

Schulte and Turner were last seen on surveillance footage

Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, who has been named by cops as a person of interest in her disappearance, reportedly got into a fight on August 12, just days before she went missing.

Days after the “incident,” which cops were called to, a married couple was found shot dead at a campsite — shortly after texting friends that a man had allegedly been “creeping them out.”

Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were found dead by a friend in the La Sal mountain range in Utah on August 18, five days after they were last seen at Woody’s Tavern in Moab on August 13, according to Fox News.

The couple had been married for just four months and lived in a camper van, Fox13 reports.

On Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News: “We’re looking at everything.

“I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we’re not ruling anything out at this time.

“So we’re just investigating the information as it comes in.”

The spokesman also noted that a suspect had not been found in the newlyweds’ fatal shooting.

Additionally, Schulte held a job at a grocery store called Moonflower — the same location where Petito and Laundrie got into an argument.

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The closeness of time and location have led investigators to speculate whether the two incidents could be linked.

On Wednesday, a newly revealed report said Petito was in hysterics after a physical fight with her fiancé that led police to stop their van on August 12 in Moab, Utah.

The full police report of the incident between Petito and Laundrie revealed that Petito was sitting in the van’s passenger seat “crying uncontrollably” after their “fight” when a cop pulled up to their vehicle.

Petito and Laundrie were stopped by police after they were spotted driving 45mph in a 15mph area.

They were pulled over after driving off from an incident at the Moonflower Co-op in Moab, where a witness said he noticed Petito hit Laundrie during a verbal fight.

Officer Daniel Scott said a witness noticed Laundrie and Petitio “arguing over a phone” before the pair drove away.

“Witness says he saw Gabby hitting Brian in the arm through the driver’s window as if Brian had locked her out,” the police report states.

Petito got back into the van through the driver’s side window before the pair drove away, according to the report.

The Moab City, Utah police report, obtained by The Sun, states: “At no point in my investigation did Gabrielle stop crying, breathing heavily, or compose a sentence without needing to wipe away tears.”

It also notes: “There were no significant injuries reported and both agreed that Gabby suffers from serious anxiety, etc.

“It appeared that this incident was more accurately categorized as a mental/emotional health ‘break’ than a domestic assault.”

“Both the male and the female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime,” the report states.

Laundrie reportedly told the officer that he had been traveling with Petito for about four to five months and their arguments escalated.

“That time created emotional strain between them and increased the number of arguments,” the report reads.

The police report also stated that following an “evaluation of the totality of the circumstances” the situation was not believed to reach a level “of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis.”

“I then determined the most appropriate course of action would be to help separate the parties for the night so they could reset their mental states without interference from one another, and although they did express a desire to remain together, they both ultimately agreed,” the report adds.

The pair spent the night apart afterward, Petito stayed in the van and Laundrie stayed at a nearby hotel, and the police report also noted that both had their phones in case of an emergency.

And now, weeks later, officers are saying Laundrie is “hindering this investigation” by not cooperating with them.

Florida’s North Port Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday: “Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in this case.”

North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison added: “As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through.

“We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks.”

Garrison added: “The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out.

“We will help find Gabby and we will help find anyone who may be involved in her disappearance.”

Cops also confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Laundrie returned to his parents’ house in Florida on September 1, almost two weeks before Petito’s family became concerned and reported her missing.

Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, were traveling together in a white van that was seized from his parents’ home on Saturday.

Local police asked for witnesses who may have seen the van in the previous weeks to contact them as Laundrie continues to refuse to speak to them.

The couple lived together in Florida the past two years having met in high school in New York, her family said.

They had been documenting their “Van Life” travels on their social media accounts and set up a YouTube channel just three weeks ago to chronicle their adventures through national state parks.

A map reveals the final movements of Petito before she went missing last month.

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Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11[/caption]

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A suspect had not been found in the newlyweds’ fatal shooting, according to reports[/caption]

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Petito’s parents are hoping to find their daughter[/caption]

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Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, were traveling together in a white van[/caption]

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Gabby Petito is 22 years old[/caption]

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The white fan was seized on Saturday[/caption]

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