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JACKSON, Wyo. – When Gabby Petito went missing sometime in late August and her fiancé Brian Laundrie allegedly showed up alone at his parents’ home in Florida in her van – refusing to tell police where he last saw her – critics around the country wanted to know why authorities didn’t drag him in for questioning.
“The North Port Police Department has no authority to execute a possible federal search warrant on our own,” department spokesman Josh Taylor told Fox News Digital Sunday. “I don’t see how anyone without all the facts in this case can come up with a reasonable conclusion and opinion on the matter.”
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He said investigators have still not established whether a crime even took place – in Florida or out West. And he noted that many details about the case have been kept secret to preserve the integrity of the investigation.
“There is no information that a crime took place here in North Port,” Taylor said. “That is our jurisdiction.”
Pat Diaz, a former Miami Dade homicide detective of 35 years, said police would not have to suspect that a crime took place in order to obtain a warrant for a missing person case.
Diaz declared that Florida police should have gotten a search warrant for Laundrie’s home and devices the day Petito was reported missing and police seized her van at Laundrie’s parents’ house in North Port.
“Why would you [try to] get consent from the guy, and not get a search warrant?” Diaz told Fox News. “You can get a search warrant for everything in that house, including his laptop.
”He said an examination of Laundrie’s electronics on the day Petito was reported missing could have given investigators an abundance of clues about her whereabouts. Even if Laundrie refused to talk,” Diaz added.
Police have confirmed Saturday that investigators have obtained some cell phone tracking data for both Laundrie and Petito — but still need to secure search warrants to get “complete access.”
(Cont) They need search warrants for devices. North Port PD is still working to get “complete access” to the phones. They again clarify they can’t track real-time movement.
— Jeff Butera (@ABC7Jeff) September 18, 2021
Florida police should have gotten a search warrant on Sept. 11.
“Why would you try to get consent, and not get a search warrant?”-Pat Diaz, a former Miami Dade homicide detective of 35 years. “You can get a search warrant for everything” #gabbypetito https://t.co/IVfRaKNb0D pic.twitter.com/mUYzcZW859
— Juana 🅙 (@freyathais) September 19, 2021
— Michael Ruiz (@mikerreports) September 19, 2021
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