Gabby Petito’s boyfriend released a suspicious statement Tuesday regarding his girlfriend’s disappearance. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 and instead of cooperating with police, Brian Laundrie hired a lawyer and decided to remain in the “background” as the search for the missing Long Island woman continues.
It’s unclear what happened in Grand Teton National Park when the couple was traveling together cross-country. The Moab, Utah police chief revealed that there was an incident involving Laundrie and Petito on Aug. 12, while they were staying near the park.
Police did not specify whether it was a noise complaint or possible domestic violence. Despite the insufficient evidence, some have speculated that the incident included a fight or breakup. But neither family has mentioned that the couple broke up.
According to Chief Bret Edge, “our officers did respond to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August 2021 however, neither Brian [nor] Gabrielle were the reporting party. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”
The two had started their cross-country trip together on July 2, and were expected in Portland, OR in October. And while cops have not revealed any charges, Petito’s family is suspicious.
According to ABC News, Steve Bertolino issued a strange statement on behalf of Brian Laundrie, explaining that while Gabby Petito’s boyfriend wishes the family his best, he will remain inactive in the investigation. “This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family,” he said in the statement.
“I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family.” The bizarre statement continued, explaining that “on the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”
Many say the statement raises questions about whether Laundrie should be viewed as a suspect.
“The Schmidt and Petito family are going through the worst moments of their lives,” the family said in a statement Tuesday. “Their beautiful [22 -year -old] daughter is missing and the one person that can help find Gabby refuses to help.”
The statement explained that “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. Brian is refusing to tell Gabby’s family where he last saw her. Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida. These are critical questions that require immediate answers.”
“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,” the statement read. “How does Brian stay in the background when he is the one person that knows where Gabby is located? The Schmidt and Petito family implore Brian to come forward and at least tell us if we are looking in the right area.”