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Parent's worst nightmare [Gabby Petito disappearance]

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And the boyfriend isn’t cooperating with police. This isn’t going to end well.
 

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That Boyfriend must be a prime suspect and his lawyer is advising
him not to talk to the police authorities in either state.

That van should be search for foul play. Liked looking for blood stains, DNA stains and new carpet install in the van. Did this young female have a cell phone and was her tracking device activated ?
IMHO.
 
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When my oldest son was 8 we went to a rodeo. He took off to see his friend but neither my wife or I knew this. Security was notified and they found him with his friends family. The friends brother was a participant in the rodeo and I guess that was a big deal to the kids. Even though we thought things were fine it was a very scary 90 minutes to go though.

Bill
 

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Sounds like she usually stayed in regular contact with her mother. Unfortunately I agree with RX8 that this isn’t going to end well. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
 

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The boyfriend is back home in Florida and has hired an attorney. That doesn't sound good.
To be fair, even if he is 100% innocent, the police likely think he did something and will question him in such a way that will get responses that make him look guilty. So best to always get an attorney. A YouTube channel I have watched from an attorney always says to never talk to the police without an attorney present, NEVER.
 

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A YouTube channel I have watched from an attorney always says to never talk to the police without an attorney present, NEVER.
Exactly. Never talk to a police officer, about anything. This talk is by a law school professor and a former cop. If you only want to watch part of it, watch the cop.

 
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If the boyfriend wasn't involved in her disappearance, why didn't he stay where he last saw her to help find her? I would not leave, I would be searching every day.

Doesn't look good for boyfriend. Regardless of what happened to her, he left her there.
 

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"I gave them a ride and dropped him off" = "I was the lookout and drove the getaway car."
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My original inclination was that maybe she had met a better mousetrap and run off with him, maybe out of contact with her family because of embarrassment of it, but I realize it's me avoiding the inevitable.
 

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If the boyfriend wasn't involved in her disappearance, why didn't he stay where he last saw her to help find her? I would not leave, I would be searching every day.

Doesn't look good for boyfriend. Regardless of what happened to her, he left her there.
My thought was they took the van, so he had no means of travel.
 

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The police are NEVER your friend.

Their job is to close the case. They have a bias, which is neither good or bad, but it is not in your favor. You need an active advocate.
 

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I was a prosecutor for 9.5 years. Patti was a Police Officer for 4 years. In our humble opinions there are only a couple likely scenarios and none are good for her Parents.

1. He killed her.
2. He abandoned her and someone else then took her.
3. He sold her into white slavery.
 

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So all this is happening a few miles from where I live. The evening news is reporting some, but not making the splash I would expect.
 

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Channel 7 ABC news is saying that the Utah police were called but no criminal charges were filed. Whatever that means.

It is definitely not good. My prayers go out to the family.

We have Petito family from Long Island married to my husband's cousin. Curious if there is any relation. I know he will make the call soon.
 
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I was a prosecutor for 9.5 years. Patti was a Police Officer for 4 years. In our humble opinions there are only a couple likely scenarios and none are good for her Parents.

1. He killed her.
2. He abandoned her and someone else then took her.
3. He sold her into white slavery.
I liked your theory. Sad
 

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Or

They did something really stupid in Yellowstone that she died and instead of getting help he ran
 

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I live in the same county and this story is reported in the news/internet here (the local Patches). The boyfriend drove her van, without her, back to his home in Florida. He has a lawyer from Long Island and he is not speaking to anyone.


 
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The police should arrest him for stealing the van. That would at least get the ball rolling. There is no proof that he had the permission to drive it without her there.
Was the van only in her name and only registered to her? Would it be theft if it was never reported stolen?
 
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