The theory that Brian Laundrie’s parents are helping him got more ammunition on Sunday when the parents of his deceased girlfriend, Gabby Petito, said on CBS’s 60 Minutes that they think Laundrie’s parents know where he is hiding from authorities.
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said during the program that Laundrie’s parents “know most of the information, I don’t know why they’re doing this to us. I feel like we need to just know, at this point,” she said, according to The Daily Wire.
“If they do know something and they’re withholding that and they don’t want to let us know, it’s cruel,” Petito’s father Joe added.
Both of Petito’s parents appear to believe that the Laundries haven’t told authorities everything they know about their son’s disappearance.
Laundrie may be in Mexico
In Schmidt’s view, the Laundries aren’t acting like their son is missing. Their “actions don’t show that their son is missing,” she said, according to The Daily Wire. “It shows that they’re just comfortable and they probably know where he is.”
On Thursday, former America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh said in an ID special that he thinks Laundrie could be in Mexico and that his father may have driven him to the border to slip through.
According to the New York Post, Walsh said his tipline has brought in more than 1,000 potentially credible tips since before the show aired, and many of them supported the theory that Laundrie is in Mexico.
He has been missing for more than a month since a warrant for his arrest for using Petito’s debit card after her disappearance was issued, and some tipsters think he may have changed his appearance to escape detection.
Other reports have placed him in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina or in the Bahamas.
What happened to Petito?
Laundrie is the only person of interest police have named as they investigate Petito’s death. He returned to Florida from a road trip with Petito alone and didn’t report her missing. Her body was found in Wyoming weeks later.
An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to manual strangulation, which a Florida medical examiner called “a very personal way to kill someone,” according to the New York Post.
Police’s suspicions of Laundrie grew when body camera footage suggested that the couple were fighting and that Petito was afraid of Laundrie. As of Sunday, he remains at large.