Gabby Petito’s family responds after Brian Laundrie said to be ‘missing’: ‘He is hiding’

“All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing,” the law office of Richard B. Stafford, attorney for the Petito and Schmidt families, said in a statement. 

“Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.”

— Lawyer for Gabby Petito’s family

But police in North Port, about 85 miles south of Tampa, stressed late Friday that Laundrie was not considered a suspect in Gabby Petito’s disappearance.

“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations.” 

“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime.”

— North Port (Florida) Police statement

Laundrie’s family made their disclosure earlier Friday about Brian being away from home, after officers came by the home where he lives with his parents, expecting to speak with him. Laundrie had been lying low there since Sept. 1, police believed. Investigators were now searching for him too. 

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petitos. (North Port Police Department)

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petitos. (North Port Police Department)

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