Gabby Petito's family has not received her remains and say her possessions are 'STILL in the Laundrie home'

Gabby Petito's family has not received her remains and say her possessions are 'STILL in the Laundrie home'

September 29, 2021

GABBY Petito’s family has not received her body and alleges that her personal belongings are “still in the home of her fiancé Brian Laundrie”.

The vlogger’s remains were found at a Wyoming campsite on September 19 – a week after her parents reported her missing.



She toured the midwest with Laundrie on a cross-country road trip as the pair visited national parks and canyon ranges in Colorado, Kansas, and Utah.

The family held a press conference in New York on Tuesday – days after Gabby’s funeral.

Her stepfather Jim Schmidt said that they hadn’t received any of her belongings from Florida, The Independent reports.

A North Port police spokesperson told the outlet that he was “not certain” where Gabby’s belongings were and was “unaware of any items of hers from inside the home”.

Schmidt also said that the younger vlogger is "always with us" – even though her remains have not been returned to the family.

A preliminary autopsy ruled the manner of her death as a homicide but medical examiners are trying to establish her cause of death.

Joseph Giacalone, a criminal justice professor at the City University of New York, thinks cops may be withholding a cause of death for a reason.

He told Insider: “If she’s strangled, the evidence is going to be limited.

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“In the respect that you’re not going to have blood everywhere and, you know, hair fibers or all that other stuff.”

George Kirkham, of Florida State University, thinks the vlogger’s body may have become “very skeletonized” over time.

But, the criminal justice expert says police should be able to determine a cause of death.

Giacalone warned that police could be dealing with several potential crime scenes, including where Gabby's body was found and the Ford Transit camper van.

He said: “Each scene will hold a significant piece of physical evidence that they will need to put this all together.”

Gabby’s family also revealed matching tattoos in tribute to the vlogger.

Grieving mom Nicole Schmidt said she got the artwork done as she wanted her daughter “with me all the time”.

The tattoos were all designed by Gabby and matched the ones she had herself.

'WE'RE SO PROUD OF HER'

The tattoos read "Let It Be" on their right arms with a wave beside it, and a triangle with flowers on their left arm.

Nicole also got extra tattoos inked that read "love" and "believe."

She said: “I want to have her with me all the time. I hope people are inspired by her.

"She’s touched so many lives already. We're so proud of her. We’re going to keep the light going and help a lot of people if we can."

Dad Joe Petito added: "We can’t let her name be taken in vain. We want positive stuff to come from it."

The family also gave more details on the foundation that is being established in Gabby’s memory.

They said that they hoped the tragic loss they suffered would raise greater awareness and funds to allow for searches for other missing people.

Joe said it’s “not just Gabby” who needs help and attention.

'HELP OTHERS'

He added: “If you don’t do that for other people that are missing, that’s a shame because it’s not just Gabby who deserves it.”

Meanwhile, Laundrie remains at large after allegedly telling his parents on September 14 that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.

FBI detectives and cops have scoured the vast marshland since last weekend but search efforts are likely to be scaled back.

Internet sleuths claim they have spotted Laundrie in parts of Florida and Alabama, but most potential leads have led to dead ends.

But, the 23-year-old may have been pictured in a couple’s selfie at Fort De Soto Park on September 6.

MISSING FIANCÉ

A man was spotted walking through the grounds of the park in the photograph. It's not known if Laundrie is in the selfie.

It comes as his family's attorney Steve Bertolino confirmed that the 23-year-old and his parents stayed at the campground on September 6.

Park records say the Laundries' left the site on September 8.

The individual appears to be wearing black shorts but is not wearing a t-shirt. It's not known when the selfie was taken.

Marci Newsom told NBC2: “We checked in on Labor Day. Apparently, they were in the campground when we were they and they checked in right next to us."

She claimed that she saw a red truck with a camper attached to it.

Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter said he received a tip that Laundrie and his parents had visited the campground on September 6.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday they are not investigating the area and are unaware of any confirmed sightings of Laundrie, according to local reports.

FBI agents have issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest. He is accused of swiping a Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 until September 1.



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