Gabby Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, broke her silence on Saturday with an ‘angry’ tweet calling for Brian Laundrie to turn himself into authorities.
‘Mama bear is getting angry!’ Schmidt posted on Twitter using her account for the first time. ‘Turn yourself in! @josephpetito agrees.#justiceforgabby #americasdaughter.’
Within the first two hours, the tweet gathered 7.4K likes and 1.1K retweets as the manhunt for Laundrie continues.
She then retweeted a photo of Gabby and her stepmother, Tara Petito, shared by Joseph Petito, Gabby’s father, and a photo of Gabby as a child shared by Jim Schmidt, Gabby’s stepfather.
The account was created October 2021. Her bio reads: ‘A mom on a mission, the fight for change and prevention will never end! My Gabby will never be forgotten!’
The press conference marked the bereaved mother’s first public statements since her daughter’s body was found. Each family member wore a blue ribbon in memory of Gabby
Schmidt’s tattoo was inspired by her daughter’s own ‘Let it be’ tattoo on her right forearm
Gabby Petito’s family on Tuesday revealed they got new tattoos in her honor, including one she had on her forearm saying ‘Let it be’
On Tuesday all four of Gabby’s parents debuted their tattoos honoring their slain daughter.
They were joined by their lawyer on Long Island on Tuesday as they spoke to the media for the first time since the 22-year-old’s body was found in Wyoming.
Family attorney Richard Stafford renewed calls for Laundrie to surrender to authorities and slammed his parents for failing to cooperate in the search that turned up Gabby’s remains.
‘The Laundries did not help us find Gabby. They sure aren’t going to help us find Brian,’ Stafford said during the briefing. ‘For Brian, we’re asking you to turn yourself in to the FBI or the nearest law enforcement organization.’
Laundrie, 23, who is considered a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance and death, remains at large after being reported missing on September 17. Cash rewards for information leading to his location have now hit $30,000.
The FBI issued a warrant for his arrest on September 23 for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ for fraudulently using a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000.
In a statement released by their attorney on Monday, the Laundries dismissed claims that they may have helped him flee and said they are ‘concerned’ for their son.
Gabby (right) was killed while she was on a cross-country road trip with Laundrie (left)
Gabby (left) made her final call to her mother (right) on August 25 saying she was in Grand Teton National Park, where her remains were later found
Gabby’s body was found on September 19 at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming – marking the end of an eight-day search. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
During the press conference, the family refused to comment on Laundrie or his potential whereabouts, citing the ongoing FBI investigation.
A nationwide manhunt for Laundrie has been underway for two weeks now, after his parents claimed the person of interest in Gabby’s homicide headed off on a hike at a nature reserve near their home in mid-September.
Laundrie’s family said Friday they believe he is still alive somewhere in Florida – as questions mount over his sister’s previous claims about when she last saw him and whether both Laundrie and his mom are using burner phones.
Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, told People they think he is still in the Sunshine State and are hopeful he is safe.
‘They are concerned but hopeful that he is found alive,’ he said.
Bertolino gave no further details about why Laundrie’s family may think he is still in Florida or of any specific location.
The search had initially centered around the Carlton Reserve close to their home – an alligator-infested nature reserve where Laundrie’s parents claimed he was heading when he vanished September 14.
But authorities are now largely focusing their manhunt around Fort De Soto Park, 75 miles north of the family home, where Laundrie went camping with his family days after returning from his campervan trip with Gabby far earlier than expected and alone.
It has been revealed that Petito’s concerned family called the police in North Port, Florida, to file a missing persons report one day before she was officially reported missing and officers showed up at the Laundrie’s home.
Police records, obtained by WFLA, reveal Petito’s family contacted the North Port Police Department and attempted to report her missing on September 10.
But the family were told that, due to state law and the police department’s policy, they must file the report in the place of her last known location.
Partially-redacted call logs seen by DailyMail.com show two 911 calls were made that day to North Port police in connection to the Laundrie family home where Laundrie, 23, and Petito, 22, lived with his parents before their doomed cross-country trip.
Both calls were classed as ‘public service’ calls, with the first made just before 4pm and the second around 6.30pm.
It is not clear if these were the same calls made by Petito’s family, but both were given the brief description of ‘problem settled’.
The following day – September 11 – Petito’s family succeeded in reporting her missing in her native state New York
Timeline of Gabby Petito’s case
July 2: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country road trip
August 12: Police in Moab, Utah respond to a domestic incident involving the couple. Petito tells an officer Laundrie hit her but cops decide she is the primary aggressor
Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug. 24: Petito is last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie
Aug. 25: Petito makes final call to her mother, Nicole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park
Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes
Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune, of Red White & Bethune, around 6.30 pm at the Spread Creek Campground; Petito’s mom receives an ‘odd text’ from her phone
Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and asked them for a ride at 5.30pm
Aug. 30: Petito’s mom receives the last text from her phone: ‘No service in Yosemite’
Aug. 31: Laundrie’s mother Roberta cancels a camping trip for 2 to Fort De Soto campsite for Sept. 1-3
Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in the van without Petito; Laundrie visits sister Cassie at her home
Sept. 4: According to his attorney, Laundrie purchases a new cell phone from a North Port AT&T store which he leaves at his home September 14 and is seized by the FBI
Sept. 6-8: Laundrie and his parents visit Fort De Soto campsite in Florida, records show. The family’s lawyer says they stayed only from Sept. 6-7. Brian’s sister Cassie joins them – reportedly for the day on Sept. 6
Sept. 10: The Laundries’ neighbor Karyn Roberts says she saw Laundrie at the family home
Sept. 11: Petito’s mom reports Petito missing to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van is impounded by police in Florida that same day but authorities are denied entry to their home to speak with Laundrie
Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito
Sept. 14: Laundrie issues a statement about Petito’s disappearance through his lawyer; Laundrie reportedly buys a burner phone from an AT&T store in his hometown of North Port, Florida, with an ‘older woman’; Laundrie is reportedly last seen by his parents leaving to go to the Carlton Reserve carrying a backpack
Sept. 15: Laundrie is officially named a person of interest in Petito’s case
Sept. 16: The August 12 domestic comes to light with bodycam from one officer released
Sept. 17: Laundrie family attorney confirms his whereabouts are unknown and that his parents last saw him Sept. 14; Cassie tells GMA she last saw him Sept. 1 and describes Petito as ‘like a sister’ to her
Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI start searching the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for missing Brian Laundrie
Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van around 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials find a body near Grand Teton National Park that matches Petito’s description
Sept. 21: Coroner confirms remains found in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is ruled a homicide but her cause of death is still under investigation
Sept. 20 – 22: FBI and North Port police continue search for Laundrie in Carton Reserve
Sept. 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laundrie family pack up their detached camper on the day Gabby was reported missing. DailyMail.com photos show the camper was back in the driveway two days later, on September 13
Sept. 23: FBI issues an arrest warrant for Laundrie for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ for fraudulently using a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; A probe is launched into the police handling of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s parents visit their attorney in Orlando
Sept. 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the search for Laundrie
Sept. 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her family launch a charity to help parents find missing children
Sept. 27: Manhunt for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve is scaled back after 10 day search doesn’t find him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his parents stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 – and that on the latter visit only the parents left
Sept. 28: Laundrie’s mom is accused of using a burner phone to contact her son
Sept. 29: Documents reveal Laundrie’s mom canceled a reservation for the Fort De Soto Park campsite for two from September 1 to 3 and booked for three from September 6 to 8; FBI seizes surveillance footage from site; FBI investigates lead Laundrie bought a burner phone on September 14; Dog the Bounty Hunter searches the area near Fort De Soto finding a recently drunk can of Monster Energy at a makeshift campsite deep in the woods
Sept. 30: Bodycam footage from a second officer at the August 12 incident is released showing a distressed Petito admitting Laundrie hit her; FBI agents collect more evidence from the Laundrie home
Oct. 1: It emerges Laundrie’s sister had contact with him after she said she did. The Laundrie family said they believe he is alive somewhere in Florida
Oct. 2: Petito’s mother creates a new Twitter account and calls for Laundrie to turn himself into authorities in an ‘angry’ tweet. It is revealed that Petito’s family tried to report her missing to North Port Police Department on September 10 but were told to file a report in her last known location
Source: Daily Mail UK