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The family of slain travel blogger Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito is urging her boyfriend to turn himself in.
During a Tuesday press conference, the first the family has held since Petito’s remains were discovered in Wyoming on Sept. 19, their lawyer pleaded on their behalf for Brian Laundrie to surrender.
"The Laundrie's did not help us find Gabby. They're sure not going to help us find Brian," attorney Richard Stafford, who represents both Petito’s parents and stepparents, said on Tuesday, CNN reports. "For Brian, we're asking you to turn yourself in to the FBI or the nearest law enforcement agency."
Laundrie, 23, has been named a person of interest in the investigation into Petito’s disappearance. A federal arrest warrant was issued for his arrest last week for the unauthorized use of a debit card following Petito’s murder. Laundrie, who is known to be a skilled outdoorsman, has been unaccounted for since mid-September after his parents say he went for a hike at Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve. They reported him missing a few days after the hike and they picked up his Mustang, which they say had been abandoned near the reserve, and brought it back to their home.
The Laundries maintain that they are worried about their son.
"Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him," the parents’ attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement. "The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong."
Before Petito was found slain, her family pleaded with the Laundrie family to give them information. North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor previously told Oxygen.com that, before Laundrie vanished, his parents referred police to their lawyer.
Also during the presser, some of Petito’s relatives revealed that they got “Let it Be” tattoos, to match one inked onto Petito. They also announced plans to create a foundation to help other missing persons.
“We’re just hoping that through our tragedy, with losing Gabby, that in the future something good can come out of it, that we can help other people in a similar situation,” her stepfather Jim Schmidt said.
"The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media" will air on Oxygen on Monday, January 24 at 9/8c. It's also available to stream on Peacock now.
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