The stepfather of a youthful lady who went lacking over final month, reportedly contained in the Mountain West, educated Fox News Thursday he adamantly wants Gabrielle Petito’s fiance, Brian Laundrie, to cooperate with the investigation.

Jim Schmidt, who lives on Long Island, N.Y., traveled to Wyoming’s Grand Tetons – which he believes was the last word place Petito, 22, was seen – as she and Laundrie continued a weeks-long street journey all through the sprawling nationwide parks of the Mountain West.

Schmidt talked about police bodycam video of the couple’s encounter with Moab, Utah, authorities earlier contained in the journey – all through which they have been separated for the night time time time to forestall additional components – was laborious to watch due to how emotional Petito was for your full hour of footage.

“We had no indication by watching it: they were in tight quarters for a long period of time. Maybe they were getting a little frustrated or whatever it might be. But we never had any indication there would be any problems along the way,” he talked about.

Laundrie merely lately retained counsel and has been silent on the case, which Schmidt talked about was undoubtedly his constitutional right, nonetheless not the precise situation to do when his fiancee is lacking.

“It is absolutely mind-boggling to our entire family and friends that you are on this cross-country road trip and you have been together for so long and every picture and video that we see is that you seem to be enjoying yourselves you say she is the love of your life; she is missing and you were on a trip with her, but you have no comment, you have nothing to say and you’re hiding behind an attorney,” Schmidt talked about.


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“I understand the constitutional rights that people have, but you have the pieces to this puzzle that we need to find Gabby and you’re holding them from us –  whatever the reason may be, you need to come clean and come forward.”

“Every day that goes by is just another piece of us that is just falling apart because we don’t know where she is, or what’s going on, or is she safe? It’s unspeakable. It’s terrible.”

Schmidt later added he did not know what to make of a closing textual content material materials message to the household allegedly made by Petito saying she was in California’s Yosemite National Park.

He responded that the message would not make chronological or geographic sense, equipped that they have been in Utah, then Wyoming and purportedly wanting for to end the journey in Oregon so as to go to a mutual buddy in Portland.


“[T]o receive a text message saying Yosemite, it is like 800 miles the opposite direction,” he talked about, along with that the opposite timeline of curiosity is how Laundrie returned to North Port, Fla. – south of Tampa – on September 1.

The messages about Yosemite have been acquired on August 26 and 27, calling into query whether or not or not or not Petito truly despatched them, he talked about.

A drive with out stops from Yosemite to Tampa clocks in at 40 hours, whereas Schmidt well-known the drive from Wyoming to that a part of Florida is about 36 to 38 hours, when it comes to Laundrie’s return on the primary of the month.