A Utah police officer in response to the Gabby Petito case said, “I desperately thought she was killed,” and “I would have done something to stop it.”

Gabby Petito with his hands on his hips in front of a desert SUV

This police camera video, provided by the Moab Police Department, is Gabby after police pulled a van on August 12, 2021 near the entrance to Arches National Park, where she was traveling with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. Shows Petito talking to a police officer.Moab Police Station via AP

  • A few weeks before Gabby Petito went missing, police responded to an incident involving her and Brian Laundrie.

  • The new report concludes that police officers have made “some unintended mistakes” in the case.

  • One of the police officers said he was “ravaged” by what happened to Petite after their encounter.

According to a new report, one of the police officers who met Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito in Moab, Utah, said she was “ravaged” by her death a few weeks before her disappearance.

“I’m desperately raped because she was killed. I really do,” said officer Eric Pratt. “If I knew it was coming, I would have done something to stop it.”

Independent investigation Conducted by Captain Brandon Ratcliff of Price City Police Station Evaluate the handling of Moab police August 12 incidentWhen police officers responded to episodes of potential domestic violence, including laundromats and petite. Officers pulled the van and asked the pair questions before deciding that the incident was a mental health crisis and recommending that they spend the night away.

Petite was last seen Her body was found on September 19 at a remote campsite in Wyoming.

When Pratt said during the interview Report He did not identify a “danger signal” suggesting that Laundry would kill Petite.

“If I knew he would kill her, I would have taken a vacation to obey them because I care about people,” Pratt said. “I would intervene and the citizens would have arrested him in Wyoming! I would have taken my time. I would have missed my family to do that.”

The report made “some unintended mistakes” by Pratt and Officer Daniel Robins in handling the case with Petite and Laundry, but “they made the right decision based on the overall situation presented. I believed that I was doing it. ” “

“There was an error in how this case was handled. If this case were handled perfectly, would something have changed? No one knows,” the report said.

Pratt also said he was responsible for what he did wrong, but “I don’t want to make anyone think I didn’t care.”

“I want the people involved to know that I talked to Gabby. Gabby, like a father, just like another cop interacts with my daughter, even if he’s wrong. I treated it as much as I could. I care. I’m overwhelmed about it. I care about the day, and I still care about it, “he said. “I don’t think the public understands us … I don’t know if they know what we care about. I don’t know if they know.”

The report recommended that Pratt and Robins be probated, trained in domestic violence, and prepared.

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