Missing Hiker Gabby Petito’s Family Emotionally Urges Her Fiancée’s Family to Help, Says They’ve Been ‘Cold and Cruel’

by Jennifer Shea

Gabby Petito, 22, went missing during a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend. Weeks later, the boyfriend has returned home in her van. And Petito is nowhere to be found.

In an emotional interview, Petito’s parents urged Brian Laundrie to help with the investigation into Petito’s disappearance. He was, after all, the last person known to have seen her alive.

“We are all trying to find the answer. And the only person who knows it, is sitting over in their house over there,” Petito’s father told Fox News yesterday. “And you can’t have a more frustrating situation. I mean, think about it, look at where we are. You know, everyone’s sitting here trying to bring Gabby home, and the only one who doesn’t care is the one who’s supposed to care about her the most.”

“We’re asking everybody to continue looking, because obviously, the three people that live in that house just don’t care,” he added. “It’s as cold and as cruel as you can possibly be.”

Gabby Petito’s Family Told Not to Discuss Her Relationship With Laundrie

Laundrie is reportedly a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance.

An attorney for Petito’s family recently told CBS News that “Gabby’s family was instructed by law enforcement to not discuss the details of Gabby and Brian’s relationship.”

According to Fox News, on Aug. 12, at about 4:30 p.m., police responded to a call outside the Moonflower Cooperative, an organic grocery store in Moab, Utah, concerning Petito and Laundrie.

On the police bodycam video, Petito tells cops that she and Laundrie got in a fight after she worked on her blog at a nearby coffee shop for several hours, and that tensions had been building between them for days.

Police then separated Petito and Laundrie, telling him to go to a hotel and her to stay with the van.

Petito Disappeared After Visit to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park

Petito’s last known location was Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, last heard from her daughter on Aug. 25 while Petito was visiting the national park with Laundrie.

“I don’t know if she left Grand Teton or not,” Schmidt told Fox News. “I did receive a text from her on the 27th and 30th. But I don’t know if it was technically her or not, because it was just a text. I didn’t verbally speak to her.”

Petito is 5’5” with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has two tattoos: on her right arm, one triangle tattoo with flowers, and on her left arm, a “Let it be” tattoo.

Anyone who may have seen Petito or has information about her disappearance should contact the Suffolk County Police Department at 1-800-220-8477.