Family of New York woman missing on road trip says fiancé 'refuses to help' find her

The family of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito, who was on a road trip to Wyoming with fiancé Brian Laundrie, reported her missing over the weekend.

9/15/2021 3:17:00 AM

The family of the New York woman who went missing while on a cross-country road trip says that her fiancé, who was on the trip with her, is refusing to say where he last saw her or why he returned from the trip without her.

The family of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito, who was on a road trip to Wyoming with fiancé Brian Laundrie, reported her missing over the weekend.

said Tuesday that her fiancé, who was on the trip with her, is refusing to say where he last saw her or why he returned from the trip without her.The family of 22-year-old Gabrielle"Gabby" Petito, from the Long Island hamlet of Blue Point, reported her missing over the weekend when she fell out of contact during a road trip to Wyoming. They have now said Brian Laundrie, her fiancé who was traveling with her, won't help find her.

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Gabrielle Petito.Suffolk County Police Department"The Schmidt and Petito family are going through the worst moments of their lives," Richard Stafford, the family's attorney, said in a statement to NBC News."Their beautiful twenty-two year old daughter is missing and the one person that can help find Gabby refuses to help."

"Brian Laundrie was traveling with Gabby in the Grand Teton – Yellowstone area. They were traveling together in Gabby’s 2012 Ford Transit van. That is where we believe Gabby was last seen," Stafford said.Laundrie's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement from Petito's family. Police have not identified Laundrie as a suspect, nor have they associated him with Petito’s disappearance.

Earlier Tuesday, the fiancé's family released a statement saying this is"understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Peitto family and the Laundrie family.""It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming," the family said in a statement released by their lawyer, Steven P. Bertolino."On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family."

They added:"On advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment."Petito's family attorney responded directly to the statement Tuesday evening."The Schmidt and Petito family beg the Laundrie family to not 'remain in the background' but to help find who Brian referred to as the love of his life," Stafford said."How does Brian stay in the background when he is the one person that knows where Gabby is located?"

Petito and Laundrie had beendocumenting their travels, in a white 2012 Ford Transit van, on YouTube under the monikers Nomadic Statik and Van Life. Petito was last known to be in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August.That Ford van, with Florida plates, and Laundrie eventually got back to the city of North Port, south of Tampa, but without the woman, police said.

"We currently have no definitive information that a crime took place here in North Port," the city's police said in a statement Monday."With that said, the circumstances are odd. The vehicle she was traveling in was located here in North Port. So, we are actively gathering local details and any evidence to assist in finding needed answers."

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Officers retrieved the van Saturday for forensic tests, North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor said. The FBI Tampa Field Office is also actively assisting Suffolk County police in New York with the investigation, North Port police said.Police know Laundrie is at the family's North Point home, but they hadn't made contact with him by late Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Laundrie's family has asked police to talk to their attorney if they have any questions.

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her fiance is soooooo guilty… you have no idea where she is? come on now Subpoena the couple's credit card records. Then subpoena the security video from the shops, restaurants, gas stations, campgrounds, hotels they visited. You will be able to tell when the woman stops appearing in the videos. FBI is on the case. They will find every piece of information from the phones, social media accounts, maybe from the van...He's silence will cost his a lot.

His parents must be a real piece of work too.. he comes home with no girlfriend and they are backing him. Time to tell your kid to be a man and tell the truth I'm no detective, but.... He is protecting her dark side. A true gentleman. nah he killed her i’m placing my bet now Red rum 🍹 This is going be a helluva TV movie.

When I first read about this case, I wondered why the guy hadn't been screaming for help since she vanished and trying to find her. Why would he leave her there and not tell the family where he last saw her? Dude sounds like a serial killer 🔪

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So if I leave with someone on a cross country road trip, and return without them, and no one hears from them and I am the last person to know where they were/were with...I can just say I don’t want to talk about it and that’s that? SEEMS NORMAL. He was no fiance. srsly? Not good. 😢 Story checks out... Oh he sounds like a catch. 🙄

He killed her and dumped the body… only explanation that’s why he is not helping Not suspicious one bit. 🙄 No comment! They need to arrest this man, before he possibly kills someone else. There is no reason or excuse to not tell them where he last saw her unless he is guilty of harming her.

New York woman, 22, who was traveling across country with boyfriend goes missingGabrielle Petito, of Blue Point, New York, was reported missing Saturday evening. It was unclear if her boyfriend was also missing. Where is the respect. It’s sickening reading some of these comments. No joke here, people . Prayers to the family. I hope they get some answers. 💔 Her bf went home and lawyered up?! Just tell where she is man. There’s no way he doesn’t know.

The guy is innocent until proven guilty in a courtroom by a jury of his peers. His parents told him to shut his mouth and like that he listens. Charge the parents too! He would tell me where my child is, by any means necessary. Trust. Just lock him up !! .dateline_keith: “Tonight, on DatelineNBC” Because he probably killed her😳

DatelineNBC 👀 Possibilities: 1. He murdered her. 2. They fought, she ran off in an unfamiliar place, and was then murdered/kidnapped/lost. 3. Whole story designed for clout. NEVER dismiss the potential for this. Don’t forget- “clout” is the reason they were on this trip to begin with. Cause he killed her

Nope. Nothing suspicious about that I saw this movie before.

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Welllllll… his silence speaks volumes to me. mathers_georgia Lock him up. Why hasn't he been arrested? How many innocent people would not cooperate with the family of the person he is going to marry? The cops have to find this suspicious don't you? Yeah. The man killed the woman. Real shock. Well that’s not suspicious at all, even after he rolls into town, presumably on the road for 2000 miles and not one call to her parents?! Did she vanish as he turned into his driveway?

Ok well he did it. Murder

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