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Gabby Petito’s parents say Brian Laundrie’s parents never called them back when Gabby went missing

Gabby Petito’s parents said Brian Laundrie’s parents never returned their calls

Joseph Petito, father of Gabby Petito, speaks in Bohemia, N.Y.
Joseph Petito, father of Gabby Petito, whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Bohemia, N.Y. Gabby Petito’s parents recently said Laundrie’s parents never responded to their calls or texts about their daughter.
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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.”

A lawyer for the Laundrie family told NBC News there was “no comment” about the Petito family’s claims.

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.”

Petito’s parents and stepparents called on Brian Laundrie to turn himself in during an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on the show.

“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.”