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Moab Police Chief Is Taking Leave After Backlash Over The Department’s Handling Of Petito Incident

Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge went out on Family Medical Leave on Monday, the city’s mayor’s office confirmed. Officials provided no information on how long he will be on leave or any other details.The Moab Police Department has recently been under scrutiny for an incident with their officers involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. Petito talked to the Moab officers on Aug. 12, about a month before she was found dead in Bridger-Teton National Forest.


The Moab Police Department has been the subject of widespread public discussion and criticism ever since its officers deemed the situation between Petito and Laundrie a “mental health crisis” and not a domestic assault.


On Sept. 23, Moab officials announced the city would launch an investigation into how police handled the incident.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!