Gabby Petito’s father has slammed her boyfriend Brian Laundrie for staying silent about his daughter’s disappearance — as a search party scours Grand Teton National Park for any sign of her.
Petito’s father, Joe Petito, told police in North Port, Florida where the couple lived with Laundrie’s parents, that Brian Laundrie’s silence was cruel and unusual, according to a video of him speaking released by cops.
“If you genuinely did nothing wrong, and I have no idea, I can’t even ask what you know, I can only take this attitude as cruel and heartless,” Joe Petito said in the video, addressing Laundrie.
The young couple were on a trip to the western United States in a van and were scheduled to close out the trip in Portland around Halloween.
Laundrie returned to Florida in the couple’s van without Petito on Sept. 1 but didn’t report her missing and refused to speak to her family or the police.
Laundrie has maintained that silence even as Petito’s distraught parents have publicly pleaded with him to cooperate with authorities.
The Petito family has now traveled to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming to help National Park investigators, the FBI and local police search for the missing 22-year-old Long Island native.
“We gotta start somewhere,” the father said in the video.
“There’s 2500 miles between Wyoming and Florida, so if we start now it’s less we have to do when we pinpoint another location.”
Grand Teton National Park is the last place Gabby called her family before her disappearance, which has fueled theories about a “zone of death” in neighboring Yellowstone National Park where a murderer could get off scot-free.
A heartbroken Petito savaged the entire Laundrie family for being complicit in Brian Laundrie’s refusal to speak to police and urged his parents to press their son for information that could the search.
“I would like [Laundrie’s] parents to understand, parent to parent, this is a serious issue,” he said.
“I wouldn’t wish this on them, no matter what I’m going through right now I still don’t wish this on them, because it’s that horrible to deal with.
“If you associate with the Laundries, call them and ask them them ‘hey listen what do you know, what’s going on, we want to find this girl too so what’s your son doing?’.
“If you work at the banks with them, if they try and buy a car from you or rent a book from you, you should say no thank you and turn them away.”
The grieving father told police it was difficult to remain optimistic about finding his young daughter alive and well.
“I’m trying to focus on the scenario I have in my head, that she’s stuck somewhere and she needs help,” the dad said.
“I know how these things sometimes end and I’m just trying not to think of that.”