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Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old from Florida, was last in contact with her mother in late August from Grand Teton National Park, which was just one of the places she'd been travelling with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Laundrie has since returned with the van to his parent's home in North Port, Florida. He and Petito had been living there before they set off on their journey in the van.
Investigators have now seized the van and wished to talk to Laundrie, but his family have allegedly refused to let investigators talk to him, according to a police spokesperson.
North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor told Insider: "We showed up. We see the vehicle. We take the vehicle,
"We make an attempt to talk with Brian, and his family declined to make him available, and they gave us the information for his attorney."
Police are still unclear as to whether a crime has been committed, but Petito has been registered as a missing person by her family, which means the cops still have an interest in talking to her boyfriend.
Taylor added: "Right now we don't have a crime. We have a concern of a crime,"
He also told the publication that the van 'could be a key piece of evidence' in the case.
"It's her van," he said. "She's not here. He is. So I think it was important for us to take that vehicle and to preserve potential evidence."
The van - he said - will be 'processed accordingly, as far as fingerprinting and other types of forensic processes.'
Meanwhile, Petito's family have made a plea for information that could help police find her.
Her mother, Nicole Schmidt, says she last saw her daughter on FaceTime in late August.
"We don't eat. We don't sleep. We're just actively looking for her," she said.
Petito has several distinguishing features, such as a tattoo that reads 'let it be' on her right arm, and another of a triangle with flowers on her left arm.
She has blue eyes and blonde hair and is five feet five inches tall, according to police.
The investigation is being led by New York's Suffolk County Police Department, and anyone with any information is asked to contact them on 800-220-8477.
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