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Brian Laundrie – update: Gabby Petito’s family say they ‘want vengeance and justice’ on 60 Minutes Australia



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Gabby Petito’s parents have said that they “want vengeance and justice” for the loss of their daughter, and hope to see their daughters fiancé, Brian Laundrie, behind bars.

In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Ms Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said: “We want vengeance and justice, and for him to pay for his crimes.”

Nichole Schmidt, Ms Petito’s mother, added: “I just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life.”

Meanwhile, today marks the 31st day since Mr Laundrie was reported missing by his parents. North Port Police have not reported any new evidence, but have continued to search for him, alongside the FBI, in the Carlton Reserve, a 24,000-acre nature preserve, where he was reportedly hiking alone before going missing in September.

Authorities have previously said there is believed to be a 50 per cent chance that Mr Laundrie is still alive.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter denies pitching show on the search for Brian Laundrie

Dog the Bounty Hunter has denied claims that he had pitched a show to A&E network that would follow the search for Brian Laundrie.

He told The Sun: “Anything about us ever going to A&E, that is a lie”. And added: “Will this search cause us to get a show? I doubt it.”

However, the 68-year-old told the newspaper that he would “absolutely” consider using some of the footage that he had captured in his search for Mr Laundrie in a show at a later date, but insisted that he was not currently producing a show.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 16:45

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Online trolls create Brian Laundrie Halloween costumes

One image shared online showed a man wearing a laundry basket around his waist, filled with laundry and tide detergent, The US Sun reported. “My name is Brian” was digitally added to the photo.

Another photo featured a man wearing a green morph suit with a flower mask on top. The image of a flowerbed was added to the photo, referencing an online theory that Mr Laundrie is hiding in a secret bunker below a flower bed in his parents’ backyard. This photo had been titled ‘Brian Laundrie’s Halloween Costume this year”.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 15:45

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17-year-old girl missing in Greenbelt, Maryland

Police have reported that a 17-year-old girl has been missing in Greenbelt, Maryland since 9pm on Friday night.

Evelyn Velasquez was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black and grey sweater, and pink Nikes when she left her home along the Greenbelt Station Parkway on Friday.

Authorities have noted that Evelyn is on the autism spectrum, and added that she is a “critical missing juvenile”.

In 2020, more than 260,000 women went missing across the US; the majority of them were under the age of 21, and none received anything close to the media coverage that the Gabby Petito case has garnered.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 15:15

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Petito friend: ‘We met on Bumble for friends’

Rose Davis, one of Gabby Petito’s best friends, has confirmed that she met the 22-year-old travel blogger on Bumble.

“Once I met Gabs, it was like, you’re stuck with me now,” she said affectionately.

She added: “I am very sad about Gabby, that’s why I’m not sleeping”.

Ms Davis had been expecting a call from Ms Petito on her birthday on 29 August, and had hoped to meet up with Ms Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie in Yellowstone National Park. Sadly, neither the call or the meeting ever occurred.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 14:45

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Petito family collect Gabby’s ashes

The Petito family collected Gabby’s ashes from the Valley Mortuary in Jackson, Wyoming, the MailOnline reported.

After visiting Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park – one of the last places the 22-year-old visited before she was killed – her parents were seen leaving the mortuary on Saturday morning.

Joseph Petito, Ms Petito’s father, was seen clutching an urn containing her ashes, while her mother, Nichole Schmidt, was visibly upset leaving the funeral home.

Ms Petito’s remains will now be taken to Long Island, New York, where she will be laid to rest.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 14:05

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Protesters chant ‘Justice for Gabby’ outside of Laundrie family home

Protesters gathered outside the Laundrie family house in North Port Florida on Saturday evening to demand justice for Gabby.

The small group could be heard chanting: “Justice for Gabby” and “Say her name – Gabby Petito”.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 13:35

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Retired US Marshal: ‘It just doesn’t make sense’

Retired US Marshal Lenny DePaul told 60 Minutes Australia that there was a lot about the case that just didn’t add up.

“It just doesn’t make sense.”

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 12:45

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Protests continue outside Laundrie family house

Protests continued outside the Laundrie family home in North Port, Florida, on Sunday morning.

Demonstrators could be seen holding signs that read “The Dirty Laundries” and “Never Forgotten” while chanting “Justice for Gabby”.

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 12:35

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Joseph Petito: ‘There has to be change’

Gabby Petito’s father has said that he hopes to use the media attention surrounding his daughter’s disappearance and death to drive change around missing persons and domestic violence cases.

“How many missing children, of all colours, of all races, of all genders, go missing? That don’t have this kind of social media explosion,” he told 60 Minutes Australia.

“I’m fortunate that it did, I’m very humbled that I did.

“But what kind of person would I be if I wasted it and not engage in a conversation that’s going to make a difference. There has to be change, there has to be meaning behind it.”

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 12:30

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Jim Schmidt: ‘We want vengeance and justice’

When asked what justice looked like for their family, Jim Schmidt, Gabby Petito’s stepfather, told 60 Minutes Australia: “We want vengeance and justice, and for him to pay for his crimes and to spend his time in prison for the rest of his life.”

Celine Wadhera17 October 2021 12:15



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