Gabby Petito’s father has called Brian Laundry and his family “cowards” in a new interview with Dr. Phil.
Joseph Petito revealed that he does not think Mr Laundry killed himself because he did not have the courage to do so.
“Anyone who lived in that house is a coward,” said Mr. Petito, referring to the home in North Port, Florida, where Brian’s parents Christopher and Roberta live.
“They don’t know how to stand up for their actions.”
Ms. Petito’s father and stepmother Tara Pettito, and mother Nicole Schmidt and stepfather Jim Schmidt sat down for her First joint interview with Dr. Philwhich will air on Tuesday.
Joseph Petito again calls on Mr. Laundry’s parents Chris and Roberta to come forward with what they know.
The family spoke about the harrowing days they spent trying to contact the laundry family for news of their daughter, when she stopped communicating with them in late August.
Nicole Schmidt said it was “angry” that her text messages and calls to Mr Laundry and his mother Roberta were ignored.
“We really thought they were both missing at the time,” Joseph Petito said.
In a text message, Mr Petito told the laundries: “I’m going to call the police, just letting you know, because we have no idea.”
“A normal parent when you text someone that (you) are going to call the police because you can’t find your child, they will respond. no answer. Nothing,” he said.
Mr Petito questioned what Laundry’s motives might be for not helping him find his son.
“We couldn’t find Gabby. We did anything to find Gabby. What did they do to find Brian? I haven’t seen him on any TV show… Find Brian. Why do you think so.”
Dr Phil replied that there were two explanations: either Mr Laundry was dead or his parents did not want him to be found.
Asked if he knew how his daughter died, Mr Petito said Dr. Philo “Going down that rabbit hole” was not helpful to him.
Mr Petito said his daughter was a responsible adult and had been preparing for a trip with Mr Laundry for 18 months.
“This is not some 14-year-old girl who is going on a school trip here. So we respected his decisions. We all tried to dress her up in the best possible way. She knew what she was doing.”
He said his priority was to get something meaningful out of his daughter’s death.
“She’s gone, and for me, I need to find the meaning behind it,” he said.
“I have to get some good, some positive things out of it.”
Jim Schmidt, who recognized Ms Petito by her favorite piece of clothing, said the past few weeks were like “living in a bad soap opera”.
“You wouldn’t think something like this would happen in real life. It’s immeasurable, it really is. It doesn’t make sense.”
The parents agreed that Mr Laundry was probably alive and living somewhere on the ground.
“Somewhere off the beaten path, just thinking he’s not going to get caught,” said Mr. Schmidt.
Ms. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, agreed.
“I believe he brags about that, like he’s good at that stuff.”
Ms Schmidt said she knew who was the last person to see her daughter alive.
“I’m angry,” she said.
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