Gabby Petito’s parents recently said Brian Laundrie’s parents never responded to their calls or texts about their daughter.
The family said they reached out to Laundrie’s family after they didn’t hear from their daughter. The family did not receive a response.
“A normal parent, when you text someone that they’re going to call the cops because you can’t find your child, they would reply,” Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, said on the “Dr. Phil” show on CBS. “No response, no nothing.”
Petito and Laundrie went on a cross-country road trip during the summer, stopping in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming along the way. But only Laundrie returned to their home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. It wasn’t until Sept. 11 that Petito’s family reported her missing.
Laundrie reportedly left his home on Monday, Sept. 13, and has been missing since then, despite a manhunt to find him. Petito’s body was found outside of a Wyoming national park on Sept. 19. She was confirmed to have died by homicide two days later.
Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said on “Dr. Phil” that she believes Laundrie’s family knows more about Laundrie’s whereabouts.
“Somebody needs to start talking,” she said, per the New York Post. “I do believe (his parents) know a lot more information than they’re putting out there.”
“Turn yourself in — you’re only making it worse,” said Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt. “For us and for himself. Let us have some closure.”