Gabby Pettito’s father, Joe, lashed out at her boyfriend, Brian Laundry, for refusing to cooperate with the police in the search for the missing YouTuber.
Ms Petito, 22, went missing during a cross-country van trip with Mr Laundry exploring US national parks.
He last contacted his family on 25 August, and six days later Mr Laundry returned to his parents’ home in Florida without noticing his disappearance.
Mr Laundry’s family issued a statement on Tuesday through their lawyer saying they hope the search will be successful, but did not provide any clues about his whereabouts.
“This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the laundry family,” said attorney Steve Bertolino’s statement.
“The Laundry family remains in the background at this time on the advice of attorneys and will not comment further,” the four-paragraph statement concluded.
appearing on Fox NewsJoe Pettito, Gabby’s father, said: “I’m sorry. It’s not a statement.
“Forget Brian, Brian’s home is safe. His parents, yeah it’s hard for them. Bull***.
“You know what? My daughter is not here. Our daughter is not here. We don’t even know where she is, what state she is in.
“You know, we’re here shooting from the hip and trying to do what we can. So I don’t care about the statement. I care about finding Gabby.”
After Mr Petito was interviewed on Wednesday morning, Mr Laundry was named by North Port Police as a “person of interest” in the case.
Me Petito said he had met Mr Laundry, who had been engaged to his daughter several times, and had not noticed any “red flags”.
“There is nothing to indicate what is happening today,” he said. “they loved each other.”
Mr Petito appealed to the public to keep his daughter at the forefront of their minds, and revealed that he was distraught when his instagram account was temporarily removed.
“You need to look at Gabby. Remember her face, her tattoos, her mannerisms.”
The Instagram page was restored on Wednesday.
Ms. Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt told Fox he had gone to Jackson, Wyoming, to assist with the search.
He said the family wanted to be present at the site of Ms. Petito’s last known whereabouts.
Ms. Schmidt, who is married to Ms. Petito’s mother, Nicole, said: “We had no one here and we all agreed that we needed someone here to help.”
“All these law enforcement agencies are working collectively and they are doing their best.”
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