The bereaved father slammed Brian's entire family and said: "Anyone who lived in that house is a coward... They don't know how to stand up for their actions."
The only thing that can provide a little bit of comfort to the family of a murdered victim is some answers. But Gabby Petito’s parents still don't have any that can tell them what happened to her before her dead body was found. They are still desperately waiting to know where Gabby's boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, currently is after he went missing in September.
Recently, Gabby's family members appeared on Dr. Phil and said that Brian's parents have been acting strangely ever since Gabby went missing. Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, said that Brian's family hadn't responded to them after they first called and texted them.
"A normal parent, when you text someone that ‘you’re gonna call the cops cause you can’t find your child’ they would reply," Joseph Petito said. "No response. No nothing."
"I do believe they know a lot more information than they’re putting out there,” added Gabby's mother, Nichole Schmidt, as quoted by WFLA.
For Gabby's parents and stepparents, it's been an emotional few weeks. And they believe Brian is still alive and hiding somewhere, as reported by FOX 13.
Brian had been road tripping with Gabby across the country, and her parents hadn't heard from her for a while before reporting her missing. It was only after detectives began investigating when Gabby's parents learned that Brian had returned back to his parents' house alone. He drove back to Florida in Gabby's van, but Gabby wasn't with him.
"I’m angry," Joseph said. "I know who the last person was that was with her. I can’t point fingers until we know for sure."
"Do y’all believe he’s out there hiding somewhere?" Dr. Phil asked the family in the interview.
"I do," Joseph replied.
"Why do you believe that?"
"Because he’s a coward," declared Gabby's father.
The bereaved parent went on to slam Brian's entire family and said, according to the Daily Mail, "Anyone who lived in that house is a coward... They don't know how to stand up for their actions."
"'It's almost like living in a soap opera. Like, it's just a bad show," said Gabby's stepfather, James Schmidt. "We all want to protect our children, but it's also more important to teach your children right from wrong."
Dr. Phil asked the family if they had any message they would like to give Brian. "Turn yourself in," was all that the family had to say.
"If you truly loved her, you should turn yourself in," said Gabby's step-mother, Tara Petito.
"You're only making it worse," James added. "For us and for yourself and your family. Let us have some closure. Let us move on and be able to remember Gabby for all the wonderful memories we had with her. Turn yourself in."
Recently, Brian's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and said she doesn't know if her family has anything to do with Gabby's case, according to WFLA.
"I don’t know if my parents are involved," Cassie said. "I think if they are, then they should come clean."
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