Gabby Petito’s mother had some strong words to say after the Laundrie family attorney claimed that Brian Laundrie is only a person of interest in the death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito.
“His words are garbage. Keep talking,” Nichole Schmidt told JB Buinno of News Channel 8 on Tuesday.
Schmidt’s comments came after Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced Tuesday that Petito’s cause of death was strangulation. Shortly after the press conference, the Laundrie family attorney, Steve Bertolino stressed that Laundrie has only been charged with credit card fraud at this point and has no other pending charges against him.
“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” Bertolino told Brian Elgin from News Nation Now.
“At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”
The Petito family has been pleading for answers for over a month. The family said that they sent messages to Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, as well as Laundrie’s parents, but received no response. On September 11, Petito’s parents reported her missing.
On September 16, attorney Richard Stafford shared a letter that Petito’s family, including father Joe Petito and his wife Tara, along with Schmidt and her husband Jim, sent to the Laundries. The Laundrie family reportedly did not respond to the letter.
“We understand you are going through a difficult time and your instinct to protect your son is strong,” the letter, in part, read. “We ask you to put yourselves in our shoes. We haven’t been able to sleep or eat and our lives are falling apart.”
Brian Laundrie is wanted on a felony warrant following the death of Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on their cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Port, Florida, home with Petito’s van, sans Petito.
On September 19, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
Authorities issued a federal warrant for Laundrie for allegedly using a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission after Gabby passed away. Laundrie is said to have used the card between August 30 and September 1, “knowingly and with intent to defraud.”
Laundrie’s parents have insisted they have no clue where he is. They claimed he left their residence with a backpack on and headed to the Carlton Reserve on September 13. They reported him missing four days later.
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[Feature Photo: Gabby Petito/Instagram]