Gabby Petito’s family is appealing to her missing fiance Brian Laundrie to “do the right thing” and turn himself in. Gabby’s divorced parents, as well as her two step-parents, all appeared together for an emotional interview on Today with Dr. Phil.
When the police informed Petito’s parents about the sweartshirt on Gabby’s body that had been found, stepfather Jim Schmidt realized their daughter was gone. “They described an item of apparel to me that resembled one of her favorite sweaters that we knew was hers.
“We knew it was Gabby’s, the t-shirt from our local store.” Laundrie’s parents allege their son went trekking on September 14, shortly after being designated as a “person of interest” in the investigation, then never returned.
Gabby’s mother, Nicole Schmidt believes that Laundrie knows everything: “Not certain but I would think he is in an area like the Appalachian Trail or campground where he can live off the land,” adding “He had those skills.”.
Gabby’s parents reported their daughter missing on Sept. 11 after recieving no phone calls or text messages for several days since the couple visited parks in the West. On Sept. 19, her corpse was recovered in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Petito’s death was categorized as a murder by Teton County Coroner Brent Blue, although he did not say how she died pending autopsy results. Brian Laundrie, 23, has not been charged with her murder, but is a person of interest in the investigation.
Steve Bertolino, an attorney representing Christopher Laundrie, said that Laundrie was summoned by law enforcement officers to a park near Carlton Reserve to assist in the search for his missing 23-year-old son.
As they entered the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near the family’s North Port, Florida home, Christopher was observed being escorted by law enforcement officers.
Carlton Reserve park is a 24,565-acre swamp known to be plagued with snakes and alligators. Before entering the park, Christopher came alone in his Dodge Ram pickup vehicle.