GABBY Petito was failed by "complicit cops" who treated her like the abuser when they pulled her over following an argument, social media users have claimed.
Shocking bodycam footage has been released showing police responding to a domestic violence incident between Petito, 22, and her 23-year-old fiancé Brian Laundrie.
Laundrie vanished last week from his family home in Florida after police began investigating the disappearance of his ex-partner.
Authorities confirmed that Petito's body was found in Wyoming and that her former fiance remains a "person of interest" in the homicide probe.
The harrowing video, captured by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, showed officers pulling over the couple's white 2012 Ford Transit van and approaching the passenger-side window following a 911 call.
With tears streaming down her face, Petito told the officer: "We've just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues."
Petito was visibly distressed as she explained to the officer what they had been arguing about, while Laundrie was seen joking and laughing with the cops.
"We have been fighting all morning and he wouldn't let me in the car before," she said, telling the cops Laundrie "really stresses me out" and it had been a "rough morning".
A 911 caller also claimed Laundrie had allegedly hit and slapped Petito – but cops have been accused of not taking the claims seriously.
And furious social media users have now slammed Moab police for not doing enough to help the distressed young vlogger.
Some have even blamed the cops for her death and called for the officers who responded to the domestic disturbance to be fired.
One social media user said: "The police didn't want to feel complicit in Gabby's disappearance, so they released a video that didn't give the full details of the 911 call!
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"Instead the police released a video that made Gabby appear to be the abuser."
Another wrote: "Watched the traffic stop of Gabby and Brian, I thought police were suppose to serve and protect.
"If those cops didn’t know he was lying, it is obvious to a child. They need f*****g fired. Should have taken her to station and made her call home. Their fault she is dead."
A third fumed: "The 911 operator needs to be fired and the cops!! Misogyny at its finest!! Good for the caller to report it. So sad for Gabby!
"You can tell in the cop bodycam she was a textbook abuse victim and he was the abuser!!"
A fourth wrote: "For what it's worth, the two cops allowed Brian Laundrie to drive away after he was seen striking a crying Gabby should be fired and arrested for gross negligence."
It comes after a body language expert said the YouTuber appeared to be "terrified" in the bodycam footage.
Petito was apologetic throughout the clip and tried to explain to the officer what she and Laundrie were arguing about.
But Laundrie appeared calm throughout as he told cops about their "stressful" morning.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Ziv Evra Cohen said the "imbalance raises a red flag".
He said the YouTuber looks "scared and very overwhelmed".
Cohen told Fox News: "She was emoting so much that it was very clear that there had been an incident and there had been a problem of some kind that she was struggling with."
A 9/11 caller claimed Laundrie allegedly hit and slapped the vlogger which prompted police to speak to the couple.
According to the audio, which was first obtained by Fox News, the caller said: "I’d like to report a domestic dispute.
"We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl. They ran up and down the sidewalk, he proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off."
It is not known what prompted the police to speak to Petito and Laundrie.
The operator who took the call has since been criticized for "not taking the claims seriously".
How the hell did the FBI and the North Port police let this kid slip out of the house? What the hell is going on?
Former "America’s Most Wanted" host John Walsh has also slammed the cops' handling of the domestic incident.
He said the 911 operator should have reported the claim that Laundrie was seen putting his hands on Petito in Utah to the police.
Instead, the cops' report was written up to target Laundrie as the victim.
He told Fox News: "How the hell did the FBI and the North Port police let this kid slip out of the house? What the hell is going on?"
Police are currently searching for Laundrie, who was last seen on September 14 by his parents who claim he went hiking at a nature reserve near Venice, Florida but never returned.
It comes as court documents reveal there had been "more and more" tension between Gabby and Laundrie before her disappearance, The New York Post reports.
Petito told police she had experienced “increased anxiety” during their cross-country road trip, according to the affidavit.
And, Arches National Park ranger Melissa Hulls warned that the couple's relationship seemed "toxic", the Deseret News reports
She "implored" Petito to re-evaluate the relationship as she asked the vlogger if she was happy.
Detectives found human remains "consistent" with the description of Petito in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday.
The nature of her death has been preliminarily declared a homicide though a cause of death is yet to be determined.
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