Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie’s Family Reportedly Cancels Press Conference

by Lauren Boisvert

A press conference was scheduled for today, Tuesday Sept. 21, with the attorney representing Brian Laundrie’s family, but that press conference has since been canceled. Yesterday evening, attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement to the New York Post, “As per my conversation with the FBI this evening there will be no press conference tomorrow.”

Bertolino emphasized that the FBI had not urged him to cancel, but that the press conference was “just not in my clients’ best interest.”

Coroners in Wyoming are currently performing an autopsy on the remains found in Grand Teton National Park that are believed to be Gabby Petito. They will release the results later today.

Gabby Petito Sent Cryptic Text Messages to Her Mom

According to new evidence gained by an affidavit, Gabby Petito’s mother received strange text messages apparently from her daughter. But she doesn’t believe her daughter actually sent them.

On Aug. 27, she received the message, “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” which referred to Petito’s grandfather. But, according to Nicole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, Petito never called her grandfather “Stan.” This is what led Schmidt to first believe something was wrong with her daughter.

After that, Petito stopped posting on social media and ceased contact with anyone. No one heard from her until Schmidt received another strange text on Aug. 30. The text read, “No service in Yosemite,” but it was sent two days before Brian Laundrie showed up in Florida alone on Sept. 1. “I think I can do the math,” said Schmidt.

Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11. Brian Laundrie refused to cooperate with police and then disappeared earlier in the week. Law enforcement agents found remains that match Gabby Petito’s description on Sunday, Sept. 19 in a remote campground in the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park. FBI raided Laundrie’s home in North Port, Fla. on Monday, Sept. 20. The autopsy of the remains is scheduled for today, Tuesday Sept. 21.

Park Ranger Warned Petito Her Relationship Was ‘Toxic’

Melissa Hulls, National Park Service Ranger with Arches National Park, apparently tried to warn Gabby Petito about her “toxic” relationship. Hulls heard a call over her radio that mentioned domestic abuse, and went to the scene to investigate.

“I was probably more candid with her than I should’ve been,” said Hulls. “I was imploring with her to reevaluate the relationship, asking her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically saying this was an opportunity for her to find another path, to make a change in her life”

That was weeks before Brian Laundrie returned to Florida alone. Now, Hulls admits she wishes she could have “found the right words” to potentially save Gabby Petito from a dangerous situation.