Gabby Petito’s family has slammed her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in a new statement, saying her boyfriend “left Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home.”

Petito, a 22-year-old woman from New York, has gone missing after a cross-country road trip, which included visits to Utah. She and Laundrie left Long Island on July 2 for a cross-country road trip.

  • Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1.
  • Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11.
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The North Port Police said Wednesday that “Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in this case.

  • “We have no information that a crime occurred here in North Port,” the police said.

In response, Petito’s family released a statement through their lawyer, Richard Stafford, according to Insider. The family criticized Laundrie for staying silent and sitting at home.

  • “Everyday the search for Gabby continues the Schmidt and Petito family becomes more desperate. They are frantically searching for answers and information in their daughter’s disappearance while Brian sits in the comfort of his home,” the statement said, per Insider.
  • The statement continued, “Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabby in the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Brian left Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home. In his home!”
  • “Brian, how could you do this to Gabby? You selfishly remain silent while Gabby is all alone in the wilderness,” the statement said. “Brian, your silence is reprehensible! We beg you to do the right thing and help us bring Gabby home.”
  • “Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabby is. You tarnish (your) love for her with your silence.”
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Suffolk County Police in New York said in a statement that Petito was last seen in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

North Port police say they will continue to seek out what happened to Petito.