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Fiancé of Gabby Petito breaks silence on her mysterious disappearance

Gabby Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
  • Gabby Petito's fiancé broke his silence on her mysterious disappearance.
  • Brian Laundrie's attorney, Steven Bertolino, issued a statement about Petito, 22, on Tuesday.
  • He said it was "an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family."
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The fiancé of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old New York woman who went missing on a cross-country road trip, broke his silence on her mysterious disappearance, saying he hoped she would be reunited with her family.

Brian Laundrie's attorney issued the statement on Tuesday.

"This is understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family," Steven Bertolino said in a statement to Insider. "It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

"On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family," the statement continued. "On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment."

Petito and Laundrie set out from New York on July 2 in a white converted camper van, her family has said. The pair visited national parks across the US, including in Colorado and Utah, and documented their journey on social media.

Petito's family reported her missing on Saturday. Her last known location is believed to be in Grand Teton National Park.

Recently, Laundrie returned with the van to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, where he and Petito had been living, the police told Insider.

A spokesman for the North Port Police Department told Insider on Tuesday that Laundrie's family had refused to let him speak with investigators .

"We showed up. We see the vehicle. We take the vehicle," the spokesman, Josh Taylor, said. "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."

Meanwhile, Petito's family has urged the public to help find the young woman.

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Gwendolyn W

I say get a search warrant for the house and her things there. i think he pushed her off a cliff. Who comes back to Florida from out west without your fiance/ companuon and doesn't tell her family she's missing. Something isn't right when you lawyer up and refuse to cooperate or speak to police.

quica flores

wow, if I knew my son killed his girlfriend, I would want him to take responsibility for it, if anything for the sake of that poor girls family, disgusting people

Nicholas Rhodes

Left the 'love of his life' behind, drove home in her van, instantly lawyered up? Sorry, folks-she's dead. It's not a rescue mission, it's a recovery mission.


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