Joe Petito en Nichole Schmidt, Gabby se ma en pa, en haar byna lewenslange stiefouers, Tara Petito en Jim Schmidt, gaan sit vir 'n onderhoud met Dr.. Phil McGraw wat Dinsdag op sy selfgenoemde program uitgesaai is. The approximately 30-minute interview covered topics ranging from Nichole Schmidt’s early inkling that her daughter was not okay; the text messages Gabby’s parents sent to Laundrie’s parents; and their belief that he is hiding out.
Nearly all of the four parents were spread out throughout the country when the FBI told them on Sept. 19 dat hulle “had some information that they wanted to share,” Jim Schmidt recalled.
With Jim Schmidt in Wyoming, he met law enforcement agents at a conference room of the hotel where he was staying, hy het gesê. As he entered the room for the meeting that day, Jim could see through a window an FBI agent rushing in to meet him. He later learned it because he wanted to share the news before word got out of their discovery.
“They described a piece of clothing to me that matched one of her favorite sweatshirts that we knew was, that we knew was hers,” Jim Schmidt recalled. “We were all crying in the room. Jy weet, couldn’t believe it, because we were holding out for hope. I knew what we were potentially going to find when we came here.”
The others joined the meeting via conference call, where they learned that the FBI had found the remains of a body that matched Gabby’s physical description.
“I was able to compose myself and we got everybody on a conference call, and I was able to relay it to everyone,” Schmidt continued. While Jim Schmidt was in Wyoming, Nichole was in New York and Tara and Joe Petito were in Florida, they told McGraw.
Through tears, Petito’s mother described to McGraw learning that investigators had “found remains.”
“And we knew it was Gabby. Even though we were hoping it wasn’t,” vervolg sy. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to listen to … But I knew she was gone. As ma, I knew she was gone.”
The FBI confirmed two days later that the remains belonged to Petito and identified the manner of her death as being moord.
Nichole Schmidt added that she suspected the worst on September 11, just hours after she had reported her daughter missing, after she learned from authorities that the van in which Gabby and Laundrie had traveled cross-country was back at his family’s North Port, Florida home.
“I didn’t want to admit it,” sy het gese, “but I felt it the night I found out the van was in Florida on the 11th, I felt in my heart that she was gone.”
Brian Laundrie and Petito had embarked on their road trip mid-June in a converted white Ford Transit van with the plan to visit national parks along the way. Hulle het jare tevore begin uitgaan nadat hulle by hul plaaslike ontmoetings was Long Island, New York, hoërskool en het verhuis na North Port, Florida, om by Laundrie se ouers te woon.
Op Sept.. 1, Laundrie returned to the North Port home in the couple’s van, maar sonder Petito, amptenare gesê. She was not reported missing until 10 dae later, op Sept.. 11, when her mother notified police in Suffolk County, New York. Authorities later seized the van from the Laundries’ huis toe. Brian then went missing, with his lawyer first telling reporters he disappeared on Sept. 14, before changing course to Sept. 13.
Kort daarna, authorities named Laundrie as a person of interest in connection with what was then her disappearance. Op Sept.. 23, die FBI issued an arrest warrant for him, beskuldig hom van bankkaartbedrog.
During the Tuesday show, Stafford alleged that Brian Laundrie stole Petito’s credit card, used it “to get home and then ran from the police.”
During a different portion of the interview, Joe Petito told McGraw that Brian “didn’t tell us” that he had returned home in Petito’s van. Nichole Schmidt added: “As far as we now, our daughter was camping.”
The parents began frantically texting and calling Brian Laundrie’s parents, even thinking early-on that Brian was also missing, Joe Petito said.
“One of the texts, ek bedoel, I was going to call the police. Jy weet, ‘Just letting you know because we have no idea, no responses,’” Joe Petito continued. “A normal parent, when you text someone that they’re going to call the cops because you can’t find your child, they would reply.”
Joe Petito further described how Brian’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, na bewering “papiere by die deur gehad,” met instruksies aan die polisie om hul prokureur te kontak.
Petito, who has been outspoken to the media regarding his feelings toward how the situation has been handled by the Laundrie family, told McGraw he felt that the Laundries “owed me more than that.”
“I’m a dad. I make my kids stand up for their decisions,” verduidelik hy. “If they make a mistake, I’ll help you. I’ll walk you through that path. But you’re going to, man, you’re going to own up to your mistake because that’s what a parent does – not what they’re doing. Ek is jammer.”
Gabby’s parents said they both feel that the Laundries “know a lot more information than they’re putting out there,” as Nichole Schmidt said.
When asked if they believed “100%” that Brian Laundrie is in hiding, Joe Petito responded: “I do.”
“Because he’s a coward. Flat out. I could use some other words, but I can’t use them on your show. Coward,” hy het gesê. “Anyone that lived in that house is a coward, and they don’t know how to stand up for their actions.”
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz het bygedra tot hierdie verslag.