The following article, Petito Parents Sound Off on Silence from Laundrie Family During Interview, was first published on Flag And Cross.
As it stands today, Brian Laundrie is still missing, taking with him just about any hope that we have for getting justice for his deceased fiancée Gabby Petito.
Laundry and Petito were on a cross-country road trip during the late summer when Brian suddenly arrived back at his parents’ home in Florida, sans Gabby but driving her van. At this point, Brian and his parents began a campaign of silence, even as investigators began ramping up their search into Gabby’s disappearance.
By the time that authorities had found Gabby’s strangled body in Brider-Teton National Forest, (near a campsite that Petito and Laundrie stayed at during their trip), Brian was long gone, with his parents left to tell a story about how he went “hiking” without his phone or wallet and simply never came back home.
Now, as the search for Brian is already several weeks old, the Petito family is growing impatient with his parents’ silence.
The mother of deceased Gabby Petito says she believes fugitive Brian Laundrie’s parents know “most of the information” surrounding her daughter’s death “if not everything.”
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt — as well as her father and stepfather, Joseph Petito and Jim Schmidt — joined “60 Minutes Australia” for an interview published over the weekend to discuss the mystery behind their daughter’s disappearance and killing that has captured the world’s attention.
“I think silence speaks volumes,” Schmidt said of Laundrie’s parents in the interview released Sunday. “I believe they know…if not everything, they know most of the information. I would love to just — face to face — ask, ‘Why are you doing this? Just tell me the truth.’”
Authorities believe that Brian may have attempted to hide out in the Carlton Reserve – a vast swath of wilderness not far from the Laundrie family home. One local rancher has stated his belief that it would be impossible for Laundrie to survive in the area, and the reported use of cadaver dogs in recent days appears to bolster that belief.
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Author: Andrew West
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