GABBY Petito’s family wants Brian Laundrie to be found alive as they say he's the only person who knows what happened to the YouTuber.
The vlogger, 22, was found dead in a Wyoming national park on September 19 – a week after she was reported missing by her family.
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 – days after returning to Florida alone without Gabby. He remains at large.
Gabby’s family thinks Laundrie is alive and is living in a “campground”.
Her mom Nichole Schmidt told Fox News: “We believe he knows everything.”
The vlogger’s stepfather Jim Schmidt added that the family won’t know what happened unless the fugitive is found.
He said: “He’s our missing piece to the puzzle to find out what happened. What happened out there? Until they find him we don’t know.”
Jim urged Laundrie to “do the right thing” for himself, Gabby, and both families.
It has been three weeks since efforts to find Laundrie started after his parents reported him missing.
Nichole admitted that she was getting "frustrated" at the time length of the probe.
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It comes just days after Gabby’s dad Joe Petito called for Laundrie to be imprisoned for the rest of his life.
He told Dr. Phil: “I want to look him in the eyes. I want to see him in a jail cell.”
He also claimed that Laundrie is too “cowardly to kill himself”.
Joe said: “He is a coward. I would use some other words but I can't use them on this show."
He slammed Laundrie’s parents after they took three days to alert police to the fact their son was missing.
Joe said that "anyone in that house is a coward," adding: "And they do not know how to stand up for their actions."
Gabby and Brian started their road trip earlier this summer and toured America’s midwest in their Ford Transit camper van.
Jim Schmidt said the couple had planned a small wedding ceremony in Florida but that "had been put on hold" due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Laundrie allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve and cops have scoured the park for weeks.
The Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said Chris had joined cops in their search efforts Thursday amid reports that investigators discovered a fresh campsite at the national park.
He was asked to identify his son’s favorite trails and hiking spots.
Investigators appeared to refute reports that a campsite had been found in the reserve.
Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department, told CNN: “No campsite was found out there.
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“Is it possible that they thought that there might be a campsite out there or something they may have seen from the air but when they got on the ground that’s not what it turned out to be? “Sure I think that’s a possibility.”
Meanwhile, reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter has been searching the Fort de Soto campground – 75 miles away from the Laundrie family home in North Port.
He said the search to find Laundrie is becoming "more dangerous", adding that he's handed over evidence for DNA testing.
It’s reported that the Laundrie family stayed at the campsite on September 6 – days after he returned to the state.
Dog's daughter Lyssa Chapman teased her social media followers as she tweeted that "big news" regarding the hunt for Laundrie could be announced on Friday.
She tweeted: "I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to share some BIG news with you guys. Having to stay tight-lipped for now… trust the process.”
She ended the post with a crossed fingers emoji.
The tweet sent internet sleuths crazy as Twitter "detectives" speculated "something is happening".
Responding to Chapman's post, one user said: "Yeah, yeah. Good to hear from you. We can sense something's happening."
Another commented: "Your BIG news tease has my brain on fire."
Authorities have responded to a dozen alleged sightings of the fugitive in North Carolina, near the Appalachian Trail.
Engineer Dennis Davis said he's convinced that he spotted a man who looked like Laundrie on October 2.
He told a 911 dispatcher: “I’m telling you, it was him. He was talking wild. He said that his girlfriend left him and he had to go out to California to see her.
“He was acting funny. And I wasn’t sure what he looked like. And then … I went and parked and pulled up the photographs of him. And I’m 99.99 per cent sure that was him.”
There have also been alleged sightings in other parts of Florida, Canada, and Mexico as the search for the fugitive continues.
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