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During the second part of a two-day “Dr. Phil” episode, Petito’s biological parents Nicole Schmidt and Joe Petito revealed that listening to the call about an incident in Moab, Utah on Aug. 12 was too much to stomach.
"I didn't listen to the whole call. I can't do it," Joe said in the interview, which ran on Wednesday. "I just can't do it."
Schmidt echoed that sentiment and said that the phone call made her “angry” that more wasn’t done to protect her 22-year-old daughter. She said “it didn't make any sense."
Petito's remains were found in Wyoming on Sept. 19, weeks after Laundrie, 23, returned to his parents' home in Florida from their cross country trip without her. Laundrie, 23, has been named a person of interest in the investigation into Petito’s disappearance. He has been a fugitive for weeks now.
Weeks before Gabby vanished, she and Laundrie were pulled over by police after a witness said he saw Laundrie slapping and chasing Gabby in Moab, Utah. In the 911 call, a witness told the operator that "the gentleman was slapping the girl."
In body cam footage of the police stop, Gabby admitted that Laundrie hit her but immediately tried to blame herself, saying that she “hit him first.”
Meanwhile, Brian told police in an agitated tone, “I, I, I, I don’t have time to defend myself by sitting here. But I pushed her away. She gets really worked up, and when she does, she swings and she had her cell phone in her hand. So, I was just trying to push her away.”
Police Chief Bret Edge told Oxygen.com in September that no charges were brought as there was little evidence to support an arrest. Instead, the couple was separated. Police took Laundrie to a hotel to spend the night and left Gabby with her van. Both agreed to not contact each other until the next morning.
The Moab Police Department has since said it is reviewing how its officers handled the situation.
A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Laundrie's arrest for the unauthorized use of a debit or credit card following Petito’s murder, though it doesn't specify whose card he allegedly used. Richard Stafford, an attorney and spokesperson for Petito’s parents and stepparents, claimed during a Tuesday episode of the “Dr. Phil” show that Brian “stole her credit card, he used her credit card to get home and then ran from the police.”
The search to locate Laundrie continues as Gabby’s parents and stepparents urge him to turn himself in.
“You’re only making it worse,” Joe said, speaking directly to Laundrie.
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