The manhunt is on!
Moab Police Chief Bret Edge is taking federal Family Medical Leave Act time for unclear reason, according to the Moab Times.
Edge has faced heavy criticism over his department’s handling of an Aug. 12 traffic stop of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie after the duo were reported for a domestic violence incident.
The two were split up for the night, but Petito was later reported missing and then found dead last week.
Brian Laundrie showed telltale signs of a domestic abuser and control freak in his erratic public behavior around fiancée Gabby Petito in the weeks before her death – and he may have had help evading authorities before investigators found her body, according to an expert criminal profiler.
“I think he’s a coward on the run,” John Kelly, a longtime criminal profiler and psychotherapist, told Fox News. “Knowing that he’s a coward, where would we think he would go? Do we think he’s macho enough to go off to Mexico? I don’t know about that.”
Laundrie’s parents told police on Sept. 17 that they hadn’t seen him since three days prior – so he had a potential head start toward wherever he may be now. The FBI said search teams found Petito’s remains at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area, just north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Sunday, Sept. 19.