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Gabby Petito’s mom has four words for Brian Laundrie’s lawyer

Gabby Petito’s mom responded to the Laundrie family attorney’s comments about Gabby Petito’s autopsy report

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Nichole Schmidt, mother of Gabby Petito, speaks in Bohemia, New York.

Nichole Schmidt, mother of Gabby Petito, whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, pauses as she answer a reporter’s question during a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Bohemia, N.Y.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

Gabby Petito mother has only four words for Brian Laundrie’s family lawyer:

“His words are garbage,” said Nichole Schmidt, according to NBC New York.

The comments came after the Laundrie family’s lawyer, Steve Bertolino, released a statement about Gabby Petito’s autopsy results, which were released on Wednesday.

  • “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise. At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said at a press conference Tuesday that Gabby Petito died by strangulation about three to four weeks before her body was found, which would be around the end of August, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Blue said Petito’s body had been in the wilderness during those three to four weeks. He said he could not comment on whether or not Laundrie killed Petito, saying law enforcement would need to make that determination.

Petito and Laundrie had been on a cross-country road trip this summer. But only Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1, driving Petito’s van. Petito’s family reported Gabby missing on Sept. 11. Her body was found days later on Sunday, Sept. 19. She was later confirmed to have died by homicide.

  • Laundrie, meanwhile, was reported missing on Friday, Sept. 17. Search efforts have been focused on the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Florida.

Earlier this month, Schmidt told Fox News senior correspondent Laura Ingle that she believed Brian Laundrie was hiding in a campground somewhere.

  • “I’m not certain,” she told Laura Ingle. “But I would think that he’s in an area like the Appalachian Trail or a campground where he can live off the land because he had those skills.”