World Missing Gabby Petito's family puts out impassioned plea for help from fiancé's family: 'We beg you'
Missing Gabby Petito's family calls out fiancé, demands Laundrie reveal where he last saw her
The family of missing New York woman Gabby Petito issued a scathing statement Tuesday night calling on her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, to tell them where he last saw her.Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, were road tripping across the U.S. in her white Ford Transit van, which police have recovered as part of their investigation into her disappearance. She was last seen in late August at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, according to police, and she was reported missing over the weekend after her parents hadn’t heard from her in a week.
The family ofwoman Gabby Petito, who was last heard from while on a road trip with her fiancé late last month, is begging Brian Laundrie and his family to come forward and share information that could help them in the search.
"We believe you know the location where Brian left Gabby. We beg you to tell us," a letter read by the family's lawyer at a press conference Thursday said.
"Gabby lived with you for over a year. She was going to be your daughter in law. How can you keep her location hidden? Please, if you or your family have any decency left, please tell us where Gabby is located. Tell us if we are even looking in the right place."
Gabby Petito's Utah hotel, where she was last seen publicly, was 2 blocks from FBI field office: report
Missing woman Gabby Petito was just two blocks away from Salt Lake City’s FBI office last month when she was last seen in public at a hotel near the airport, according to reports.Petito checked out of the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Aug. 24, soon before she went missing, FOX 13 of Salt Lake City reported. Her mother said she last saw her daughter over Facetime around the same time that the 22-year-old and her fiancé Brian Laundrie were believed to have left for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Petito and Laundrie, who have been engaged since last year, left the Florida Gulf Coast town of North Port in June for New York, then headed out west in early July.
Petito's family stopped hearing from her in late August.
Meanwhile, Laundrie returned home to Florida with the white van they were traveling in on Sept. 1, but has since hired a lawyer and is not cooperating with authorities.
A lawyer for Petito's family said that the Laundries refused to answers messages on Sept. 10 and 11 before she was reported missing.
"The family is devastated. Every day that this goes on, they get more and more desperate," the attorney said at a press conference Thursday.
Gabby Petito missing: Brian Laundrie's mom confronted outside home as hunt moves deeper into Florida reserve
Brian Laundrie’s mother was spotted outside her home Sunday morning as Florida authorities resumed the search for Laundrie in the deeper parts of a nature reserve where he was last seen. Gabby Petito, 22, has been missing for almost a month. Her mother, Nicole Schmidt, last reported speaking with her daughter on Aug. 25, and the family filed a missing person’s report on Sept. 11. Police named Laundrie, Petito’s fiancé, a person of interest last week as the search for Petito intensified, but his family reported him missing on Friday.
"They’re at the point that desperation is turning to anger. They know that the Laundries know where their daughter is and they will not tell them. That's infuriating."
North Port police chief Todd Garrison also shared his frustrations with Laundrie's lack of cooperation, even calling out his lawyer, Steven Bertolino on Twitter this week.
"We share the frustration with the world," Garrison said Thursday. "Two people went on a trip, and one person returned. That person who returned isn’t providing information."
Bertolino put out a statement on Tuesday saying that the Laundrie family hopes Petito is found safe.
"On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family," Bertolino said. "On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment."
Petito's stepfather, Jim Schmidt, called Laundrie's lack of cooperation "mind-boggling" on Thursday.
"You say she’s the love of your life. She’s missing. You were on a trip with her, but you have no comment. You have nothing to say and you’re hiding behind an attorney," he told Fox News on Thursday.
"I understand the constitutional rights that people have, but you have pieces to this puzzle that we need to find Gabby and you’re withholding them from us."
Internet sleuths take matters into their own hands and make Brian Laundrie America's most wanted man .
Users on TikTok, YouTube, and other social media outlets have taken the disappearances of Gabby Pettito and Brian Laundrie into their own hands and made Laundrie America’s most wanted man. Petito and Laundrie left New York on a cross-country road trip in July and documented their journey west on Youtube and Instagram before Laundrie returned home to Florida alone on September 1. Petito was reported missing by her family on September 11 and amateur detectives on social media quickly jumped on the case.