Gabby Petito’s mother and father are demanding Brian Laundrie flip himself in and demand he’s hiding someplace and dwelling off the land — as they slammed him for being a “coward” for refusing to talk to them about their daughter.
In an interview with Dr. Phil set to air in full Tuesday, the slain 22-year-old’s mother and father and stepparents stated Laundrie’s unwillingness to cooperate with authorities and his subsequent disappearance was “infuriating.”
Laundrie, the only particular person of curiosity in Petito’s case, is the topic of a large FBI hunt after he vanished simply days earlier than his girlfriend was discovered lifeless on Sept. 19 in Wyoming.
When requested in the event that they consider Laundrie is in hiding someplace, Petito’s mother and father had been adamant he was.
They stated they didn’t consider that Laundrie was so distraught about their daughter’s disappearance that he would have killed himself.
“He’s a coward,” her father, Joe Petito, stated in a preview clip.
Her mother, Nichole Schmidt, added it was doable he was dwelling off the land someplace as a result of “I believe he bragged about that stuff, that he was good at that stuff.”
Asked if he had any phrases for Laundrie, Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, stated: “Turn yourself in.”
He added: “You’re only making it worse. For us and for himself. Let us have some closure.”
Petito’s mother and father additionally slammed Laundrie’s mother and father over their dealing with of their daughter’s case and their very own son’s disappearance.
They stated they repeatedly known as and texted Laundrie’s mother and father, Chris and Roberta, earlier than reporting their daughter lacking however acquired no response.
Petito’s mother and father stated they initially believed they had been each lacking — till police instructed them Laundrie had returned to Florida within the van they’d been touring in.
“One of the texts was ‘I’m going to call the police, so let me know.’ No response. A normal parent, when you text someone that they’re going to call the cops because you can’t find your child, they would reply,” Joe Petito stated.
“We thought they were both missing at that point in time when we were calling them.”
Schmidt added: “We didn’t know the van was in Florida after we contacted (them). I used to be fearful about each of them.
“The night of the 11th when I reported her missing, a detective came to my door and let me know the van was in Florida.”
When requested if that’s when she knew it was unhealthy information, Schmidt responded: “Yes.”
“As a mom, I knew she was gone,” Schmidt stated in a single a part of the interview when speaking about Petito’s stays being discovered.
“We knew it was Gabby — even though we were hoping it wasn’t. It was the hardest thing I’ve listened to.”