The sister of the person of interest in Gabrielle Petito’s disappearance has spoken about the couple’s relationship.
Petito, 22, and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie were traveling on a cross-country road trip when Gabby disappeared late this summer. Laundrie reportedly returned to his Florida home in the converted camper van the couple had been traveling in, but without Petito. Laundrie has since refused to speak to police or, allegedly, Petito’s family about what might have happened to her; including when or where he last saw her. Laundrie and his parents have continued to resist repeated appeals by Petito’s family to share what they know.
But on Friday morning, Laundrie’s sister Cassie said in an interview with “Good Morning America” that she wished she knew more, and would share any information she could. Cassie said in the interview that she had not been able to speak to her brother, but did not specify why. It is unclear where Laundrie’s sister lives.
“I haven’t been able to talk to him,” Cassie said, shaking her head and shrugging her shoulders. “I wish I could talk to him.”
“I’ve cooperated every way I can. I wish I had information .. I would give more. I – I, this is all I have. I gave [it] to the police.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 17, 2021
As CrimeOnline previously reported, police responded to a reported domestic incident involving the couple in Moab, Utah, on August 12. Police body cam footage shows an emotional Petito saying that she and Laundrie had been getting into a lot of arguments on their trip, and that she felt frustrated and like she had “OCD” (obsessive-compulsive disorder). An investigation reportedly found that Petito and Laundrie’s argument had gotten physical at one point, with Petito lunging at him, possibly because she believed he was going to drive off without her. No charges were filed, and the couple agreed to spend the night separately before meeting again the next day.
Laundrie’s sister Cassie said on “GMA” that she loves Petito like a sister and that her brother has always done the right thing. She also said that Petito and Laundrie would sometimes have an argument, but take a cool-off period afterward, before peacefully reconciling.
“It looked typical of both of them,” Cassie said, apparently referring to the video. “Whenever they’d fight they’d take a little break and come back and be fine. Because that’s what you do in a couple.”
About her brother, Cassie said: “He’s a wonderful uncle. He’s always been there when I need him; I mean, he’s been there every time Gabby’s needed him.”
“Me and my family want Gabby to be found safe,” Cassie said. “She’s like a sister, and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe, and for this to be a big misunderstanding.”
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Read CrimeOnline’s complete coverage of the Gabby Petito missing persons investigation here.
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