NORTH PORT, Fla. – Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, who pioneered the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, says the argument between fugitive Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito that witnesses noticed at a Wyoming restaurant on Aug. 27 would be the key to Petito’s tragic destiny.
One of many final occasions Petito, 22, was seen alive concerned an explosive argument between Laundrie, 23, and wait employees at a Jackson Hole restaurant referred to as Merry Piglets, witness Nina Celie Angelo informed Fox Information Digital in September.
“The restaurant incident … is the second and most essential,” Burgess, writer of the forthcoming e-book “A Killer by Design: Murders, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Felony,” informed Fox Information Digital of two occasions previous to Petito’s demise that she mentioned raised crimson flags.
The forensic nurse mentioned the opposite vital incident, indicative of great issues of their relationship and hazard in Laundrie’s actions, was the home dispute referred to as in on Aug. 12 in Moab, Utah.
“How she has to apologize for his habits is one thing that is type of attribute, and this most likely enrages him much more as a result of he desires to seem in a sure manner,” Burgess mentioned of the incident on the restaurant.
Angelo, a photographer, mentioned in September that she couldn’t overhear the dialog between Petito and Laundrie on the restaurant however believed Laundrie was arguing with employees over the invoice or about cash. She described his physique language as “aggressive” and mentioned he left and returned about 4 occasions.
At one level, Petito got here inside and apologized for Laundrie’s habits, in response to Angelo.
The restaurant incident, Burgess mentioned, was “on the day or very near the day that she is murdered,” Burgess mentioned.
Teton County Coroner Brent Blue on Tuesday introduced Petito’s reason for demise as strangulation and mentioned she probably died three to 4 weeks earlier than her stays had been found on Sept. 19, might put her date of demise between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30.
Laundrie returned dwelling to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 within the van with out Petito. Petito’s dad and mom reported her lacking on Sept. 11. Laundrie has been named an individual of curiosity within the case, and his whereabouts have been unknown for weeks. His dad and mom reported him lacking on Sept. 17.
On Sept. 23, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of financial institution card fraud. Authorities alleged on the time that he used an unidentified particular person’s Capital One card and the non-public identification quantity to cost or withdraw over $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, a interval when Petito was lacking.
Fox Information’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.