The fiancée of missing Long Island woman Gabby Petito has finally broken his silence to say “he hopes she will be reunited with her family” and “understands that a search has been launched in Wyoming.”
Brian Laundrie made a statement Tuesday through his lawyer Steve Bertolino after it was revealed that he had engaged a lawyer and refused to talk to police about his girlfriend’s whereabouts.
Laundry said in the statement, obtained by: ABC7, he hopes the search for Petito is “successful,” but gave no explanation as to why he returned from their cross-country trip alone.
“This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito and Laundrie families. I understand a search has been launched for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” he said.
“On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family.
“On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family will remain in the background at this time and will not comment further.”
The fiancée of missing Long Island woman Gabby Petito has finally broken his silence to say “he hopes she will be reunited with her family.” Brian Laundrie posted this photo of the couple on Instagram on July 16 in Zion National Park
Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of missing Long Island woman Gabby Petito wrote a mysterious ’till death do us part’ Instagram post a year ago
Timeline map of Petito’s cross-country trip with her fiancé Laundrie, her disappearance and the investigation
Petito was reported missing by her family on September 11 after they hadn’t heard from her for 13 days.
She had been on a cross-country trip with Laundrie in their motorhome since July.
She last spoke to her family on August 25, and her last known location was in Grand Teton National Park.
Laundromat returned to their home in North Port, Florida, where the couple moved two years ago, driving their 2012 Ford Transit van.
North Port Police on Sunday confirmed they had recovered the vehicle at Laundrie’s family’s home and were searching for possible clues to Petito’s location.
Police saw a pink envelope fall outside Laundrie’s home on Tuesday, the… New York Post reported.
North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor said on Tuesday that police had spoken to Laundrie’s parents, who referred them to their lawyer, but noted they had not yet spoken directly to Laundrie, police said. news day.
Taylor told Fox13 authorities hoped nothing “sinister” had happened.
“We’re hopeful she’s out there somewhere, sometimes people just don’t want to communicate, so that’s definitely still a viable option, but we need to prepare for something more sinister,” he said.
As the hunt for the missing 22-year-old continues, it was revealed that about a year before she disappeared, Laundrie posted a mysterious “til death do us part” message about Petito on Instagram.
“My biggest fear is that one day I will wake up and it will all have been a dream because that’s how every second has felt since the moment we found each other,” Laundrie wrote in a July 2020 Instagram post of the two of them.
“Till death do us part or until I wake up I’m so glad the answer was yes, Love you hunny,” the post continues.
Laundromat on top of the Ford Transit van the two took together on their cross-country trip, which is now in police custody
On Monday, Petito’s father, Joseph, swore he would do anything to find her.
“We still don’t know where she is. Pride is not a problem right now. My only daughter is missing,” he told WPTV.
‘I’m going to do everything I can. The family, Gabby’s mother, we’re going to do everything we can to find her.’
He spoke from his home in Vero Beach, Florida — where he’d moved to be closer to his daughter — and pleaded for help finding her.
Joseph said the pair first drove from Florida to her mother’s house in Blue Point on the south coast of Long Island for Petito’s brother’s graduation, before leaving for their cross-country trip on July 2.
Joseph Petito (pictured), father of missing bon vivant Gabby Petito, said he will ‘do everything to find her’ after her fiancé’s parents refused to let the police talk to him
Nicole Schmidt, of Long Island, New York, gave a tearful interview to reporters in Bohemia on Monday afternoon about her daughter Gabby Petitio, who has been missing since Aug. 24.
“The journey started from there, so it went to a number of different places,” he said.
‘[They] stopped in Colorado, worked their way to Utah and went to Wyoming and she would end up in Oregon.”
Petito’s latest Instagram, posted on August 25, shows her visiting the Monarch Wall in Ogden, Utah with the caption “Happy Halloween.” The pair were on their way from Ogden to Yellowstone National Park, just north of Grand Teton.
Also on Monday, Petito’s mom, Nicole Schmidt, said she’s trying to stay optimistic and told reporters that afternoon, “I believe she’s going home.”
Schmidt had tears in her eyes as she held a photo of her daughter during a press conference and said, “We are looking for her. We’re not concentrating on anything else, but to find her… I believe she’ll come home.”
Petito’s stepfather, James, added: “If anyone else has any information, if anyone has seen her, we ask that they call the tip lines and please just give all the information you have,” as he joined his tormented wife.
“We just want her safe at home.”
Petito, of Blue Point, and Laundrie, set out on their road trip in early July, driving first from Laundrie’s home state of Florida to Petito’s in New York. Then the pair headed west toward Salt Lake City. She was reported missing by her family on Saturday and was last posted to her Instagram account in Ogden, Utah two weeks ago (pictured)
Schmidt said the last time she spoke to her daughter by phone was on August 25 — and was suspicious of the text messages she received from her adventure-seeking girl over the next five days.
She said she texted Petito on August 27 and 30, but now says she’s not sure if her daughter was on the other end of the line because it wasn’t verbal and she didn’t share pictures of herself, Schmidt told Fox News.
She said, “It was just a text. I haven’t spoken to her verbally,” she said. “I can’t say much, but she’s not with the van anymore.
“I don’t want to say more than that, but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not that van anymore.”
Asked about her doubts about the press conference texts, Schmidt said again, “I can’t say anything about that.” She also declined to share the content of those lyrics.
Neither parent wanted to comment on their thoughts on Laundry.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have launched an investigation into her whereabouts, including in her native Suffolk County, where she was first reported missing.