USA

Utah police chief on leave amid probe into department’s handling of Gabby Petito incident

Moab City Police Department Chief Bret Edge has taken a leave of absence amid an investigation into the department’s handling of a “domestic dispute” between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, a report said.

Edge began the absence Monday under the Family Medical Leave Act, a city spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

It was not immediately clear how long Edge will be away from his post and who will replace him as interim chief.

Last Thursday, Moab city officials announced an investigation into a “possible breach of police department policy” during the Aug. 12 response to the young couple outside of Arches National Park after reports of a possible domestic assault at the Moonflower Community Cooperative.

A 911 caller told police he saw a man slapping a woman outside the co-op.

Bodycam footage shows a hysterical Petito and a calm Laundrie talking to police, with the cops considering charges against Petito after noticing scratches on her boyfriend’s face.

Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie
HANDOUT/Moab City Police Department/AFP via Getty Images

The agency has come under fire after they separated the couple for the night, but allowed them to continue on their cross-country trip.

Officers helped secure a hotel room for Laundrie while Petito slept in their van.

Petito was last seen about two weeks later and her remains were found on Sept. 19 in Wyoming.

Gabby Petito video from MOAB police department.
Moab City Police Department

Laundrie, who returned to Florida without his girlfriend in their van on Sept. 1, is now the subject of a massive manhunt.

He was indicted last week on federal fraud charges for allegedly using a debit card that did not belong to him in Wyoming in the days after she vanished.

Football news:

Ibrahimovic is the 4th player to score in Serie A after 40 years. He also has an assist and an autogall with Bologna
Marquinhos: Messi is a monster from another dimension. Neymar is a wizard. Mbappe is a meteorite
Andros Townsend: Football is an inclusive environment where all races, religions and orientations are represented
Verratti supported Neymar after the words about the last World Cup
Ibrahimovic scored in his own goal at 2-0 against Bologna. After 3 minutes, Barrow equalized
Carragher about Ronaldo outside the united Manchester United and Liverpool team: Greenwood became a superstar, we had to find a place for him
Laporta on Messi's departure: Barcelona is above the players. I could not pawn the TV rights for 50 years