Parents of both Gabby Petito, 22, and Brian Laundrie, 23, are staying silent after dental records ascertained the five weeks missing fugitive was dead.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s. We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time,” said Steve Bertolino, a lawyer for the Laundries, on Thursday, Oct. 21, according to KDVR.
On Thursday, the FBI confirmed the skeletal remains unearthed a day prior in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park belong to Laundrie, fiance of travel blogger Petito.
The Petito family decided silence was the best response, too, as they learned the only person of interest in the death of their daughter was no longer alive.
“Gabby’s family is not doing interviews or making a statement at this time,” said an attorney for the Petito family. “They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter.”
“Gabby’s family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready,” the lawyer added.
Bertolino, in another statement, said now there are two deaths that have hurt both the families.
“These are parents that are suffering,” he said. “Now, I understand that whatever happened or whatever didn’t happen. This is tragic for two families.”
Laundrie went for a cross-country trip with Petito back on July 2 as the 22-year-old wanted to become a travel influencer. The pair was last seen together on Aug. 27, and Laundrie came back to Florida alone in her van on Sept. 1.
Laundrie headed for a hike in the Carlton Reserve on Sept. 13, two days after the Petito family reported their daughter a missing person case to law enforcement. The subsequent search for Laundrie extended for five weeks to no avail until Wednesday morning.
While officials said Petito died of manual strangulation at least three weeks before discovering her body in a Wyoming park on Sept. 19, Laundrie had not been charged for her murder and was only wanted by the FBI to use her debit card after she disappeared. He had remained a person of interest in Petito’s death.