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GABBY Petito’s mom was left "infuriated" that the Laundries “didn’t return her texts” as she desperately wanted to find her daughter.

Nichole Schmidt says she tried to communicate with Chris and Roberta Laundrie after she lost contact with Gabby in late August.

Gabby Petito's mom Nichole Schmidt was left 'infuriated' that the Laundries' 'didn't return her texts'Credit: Dr. Phil/ CBS
Gabby last spoke to her family on August 25 as she reached Wyoming with her fiancé Brian LaundrieCredit: bizarre_design_/Instagram

YouTuber Gabby, 22, last spoke to her family on August 25 as she and her fiancé Brian Laundrie reached Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

During an interview with CBS' Dr. Phil, Nichole claimed Laundrie’s parents ignored the calls and texts, leaving her “infuriated”.

It’s not known if the Laundries’ deliberately ignored the texts and calls.

Gabby’s dad Joe Petito said: “We actually thought that they were both missing at that time.”

One text message reportedly read: “I’m going to call the police, just letting you know, because we have no idea.”

Joe said: “A normal parent when you text someone that (you) are going to call the cops because you can’t find your child, they would reply. No response. Nothing.”

Joe said Laundrie is alive and “too cowardly to kill himself or come forward”.

He slammed Laundrie's parents after they appeared to take days to alert police to the fact their son was missing.

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Joe said that "anyone in that house is a coward," adding: "And they do not know how to stand up for their actions."

Gabby’s stepfather Jim Schmidt thinks Laundrie is “living off the land” as cops continue to search for the missing fugitive.

He told Dr. Phil: “Somewhere off the beaten path somewhere, just thinking he’s not gonna get caught.”

Jim also described the moment FBI agents told him that they had found a body and that there was an identifying piece of clothing.

He confirmed that Gabby had a sweater like the one found and called the rest of the family as they awaited an official autopsy.

Nichole said: “We knew it was Gabby even though we were hoping it wasn’t.


"It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to listen to. It didn’t hit me right away but I knew she was gone."

Gabby and Laundrie started their cross-country road trip across America’s midwest in July where they visited national parks and canyon ranges in Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

Laundrie returned to Florida alone on September 1 – days after Gabby had last spoken to her family.

Gabby’s family reported the vlogger missing on September 11 – just a week before her remains were found in Wyoming.

A preliminary autopsy ruled the manner of her death a homicide but an official cause has not been disclosed.

Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17 after allegedly telling them that he was going for a hike in the alligator and snake-infested Carlton Nature Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.

It was initially reported that Laundrie went for the “hike” on September 14 but the time frame appears to have been revised.

Steve Bertolino, who is representing the Laundrie family, said in a statement: “The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.”

“After consulting with the FBI and confirming the day Brian’s Mustang was found and returned to the Laundries’ home, Bertolino wrote, “We now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday, September 13."


The search to find Laundrie has entered its third week and the fugitive has not been found.

Cops continue to scour the Carlton Reserve as cops are providing support in small groups to FBI agents who are thought to be leading the search.

Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter reportedly found a "makeshift camp" and has turned over "information" to the FBI.

He has been scouring the areas surrounding the Fort de Soto campsite after receiving a tip-off.

Dog told Fox News: "On Friday we found a makeshift, very primitive camp that had some promising things around it. So we gave gathered up all those things.

"We turned them over yesterday to the FBI. We are now talking to the FBI and working with local law enforcement"

It came just days after the reality TV star said he hadn’t been sharing tip-offs with law enforcement.


He told Newsmax on Thursday: “I guess we kind of do the same thing but I don’t pay too much attention like they don’t pay too much attention to me.

“I can’t call up and say ‘Hey G-Man what’s going where’s your leads? And they don’t call me and say ‘Hey Dog where are your leads?”

Laundrie’s whereabouts remain unknown but former FBI agents think the fugitive is alive.

In an interview with NewsNationNow, Jennifer Coffindaffer said: “I believe he’s going to be able to hide in his surroundings. I think he’s a learned outdoorsman and survivalist and because of that I think he will be able to stay out of law enforcement’s grasp for a while.”

And, Maureen O’Connell told Fox News Thursday: “I have a feeling that [Laundrie] is going to be found and he is going to be found alive.”

The fugitive’s sister Cassie Laundrie branded her brother a “mediocre survivalist”.

There have been several alleged sightings of Laundrie since he was reported missing but most have led to dead ends.

Gabby's dad Joe Petito slammed Laundrie's parents for contacting the police days after the fugitive left the homeCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Cops are scouring the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota as they hunt for potential cluesCredit: FOX 13
Gabby Petito's stepfather knew she was dead moment cops described her favourite sweatshirt

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