Gabby Petito’s Parents Say Brian Laundrie Family Has Given Clue That Fugitive is Alive: ‘I Don’t Know Why They Are Doing This to Us’


The family of slain Gabby Petito believes that her boyfriend Brian Laundrie is still alive, and that his parents know where he is.

As Newsweek reports, Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt recorded an appearance on the Australian news program “60 Minutes,” and revealed that they believe 23-year-old Laundrie is still alive, and suggested that his parents might have helped him go into hiding.

The episode is scheduled to air on October 16, Newsweek reports.

“Their actions don’t show that their son is missing. It shows that they’re just comfortable and they probably know where he is,” Schmidt reportedly said.

Both grieving parents expressed anger and resentment at Laundrie’s parents for keeping them in the dark.

“If they do know something and they’re withholding that and they don’t want to let us know, it’s cruel,” Joseph Petito said.

Gabby Petito, 22, was found dead in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19. The Teton County Medical Examiner said in a press conference this week that investigators believe Petito was dead for three to four weeks before her body was found, and that she died by manual strangulation. Laundrie was named a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance but he has not yet been named a suspect in her murder.

“This was evil. She was taken at somebody else’s hand,” Petito’s mother reportedly said, calling Brian Laundrie “a coward.”

Laundrie is the subject of a federal warrant charging him with unauthorized use of someone else’s financial accounts in late August and early September. He returned home to Florida from the couple’s cross-country road trip on September 1 without Petito, but with the converted camping can the couple was traveling in, which is registered in Petito’s name.

Laundrie has been missing since September 13, when his parents say he went for a hike at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida. Authorities have been searching the nature reserve for weeks but have not yet reported finding any evidence connected to Laundrie’s disappearance or Petito’s death investigation.

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l o v e is love and hope is hope

Of course he's alive and the parents are helping him hide and that's why they haven't really looked for him and his Dad went on a search trying to make it look like he was worried!! They got him a burner phone so he'd have it in case he needed help and will probably call the family atty if he needs money!! When the truth comes out I hope the parents get as much time as the law allows for having knowledge to help the Petito's and choosing not to knowing how worried they were about their babygirl!!! I pray Brian is found soon and the Petito's get justice for what he did to Gabby!!

Beverley Avery

rest assured he is alive and livin well off his parents money. they know exactly where he is at all times. they have burner phones

Pat Woods

Brian is a coward. He can commit the crime but, can not pay for the crime. Either way Brian is a dead man walking. If who ever finds him may just give Gabby the justice she deserves and say they found him dead or if he makes it to prison the guys in prison will give Gabby the justice. So if the parents want to see him one last time they need to turn him in or live with the blood of his on their hands. The parents should of made him turn himself in when he showed up at their door and they would not be going through what they are before the story went viral. Brian does not care about what his parents are going through and is probably the same reason Gabby is dead because she could not or would not give into one of his wants and he threw a temper tantrum and he killed her. Brian is a bum who lived/ lives off a Gabby and his parents.


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