Brian Laundrie’s sister has recounted the last time she saw her brother when she begged him to “come out and get us out of this horrible mess”.
Brian Laundrie’s sister has called on her brother to turn himself in — and her parents to “clean up” if they’re involved.
Cassie Laundrie also shared details with Good morning America about her family’s infamous camping trip to Florida’s Fort De Soto Park, six days after her brother returned from a road trip without fiancé Gabby Petito.
“No, I don’t know where Brian is – I’d report him,” Ms Laundrie said Good morning America.
“I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess,” she said of the fugitive who disappeared days before 22-year-old Petito was found dead.
‘I’m worried about him. I hope he’s okay – and then I’m mad and I don’t know what to think,” she admitted of her 23-year-old brother.
“I tried to get in touch with him – the phone went to voicemail,” Ms Laundrie said. “I hope my brother is still alive, because I want to answer as much as anyone.”
Ms Laundrie also said her parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, had to come forward and insist that they also refused to speak to her since she last saw them before it became known that Petito was missing.
“I don’t know if my parents are involved,” Ms Laundrie admitted. “I think if they are, they need to be cleaned.”
“They deserve answers,” she said of Petito’s loved ones, who she previously said her children “will know Aunt Gabby forever.”
Ms. Laundrie said the last time she saw and spoke to her brother was on a now infamous camping trip the family took to Florida’s Fort De Soto Park, a prime target in the massive manhunt for him.
That was on September 6, after her brother returned to Florida without Petito from their cross-country trip, but before Petito was reported missing, on September 11.
“We just went for a couple of hours and we ate dinner and had S’mores around the campfire and left,” she recalled. “There was nothing special about it. There was no sense of grand farewell – there was nothing.
“I’m frustrated that I didn’t pick up anything afterwards. It was just the usual visit,” she insisted, saying she immediately told the police when she realized Petito was missing.
“It was not hidden from the police. I’ve been working with the police since day one,” she said.
She wished her brother had turned to her rather than their parents, who initially refused to let the police talk to him — then waited three days before reporting that he had fled home on September 14.
“I really wish he’d come to me first with the van that day, because I don’t think we’d be here,” she said.
Ms. Laundrie also said it was “absolutely painful” to see the video of her brother fighting Petito in Utah during their camping trip.
“It was quite typical for them to argue and try to distance themselves from each other. But people who say they’ve seen domestic violence — I’ve never seen anything like it from any of them,” she insisted.
Earlier, Ms Laundrie told a crowd of protesters that she does not know whether her brother killed Petito.
“We are just as upset, frustrated and heartbroken as anyone,” Ms Laundrie told the crowd, according to the video of the conversation obtained by TMZ.
When asked if her parents had helped their son evade authorities, she didn’t rule out the possibility, telling the group, “I don’t know” and adding that she was “as stunned and blown away as anyone else.” when her family visits. public silence so far.
Ms Laundrie also hinted at family tensions, telling the group: “I’m losing my parents and my brother, and my children’s aunt and my future sister-in-law and you’re not helping”.
“They don’t talk to us either. If I knew, I would say,” she said of her parents and brother.
Ms Laundrie also didn’t rule out the possibility that her brother killed his girlfriend, again answering “I don’t know” when asked the question, according to additional footage obtained by NewsNation.
The search for Mr. Laundrie has so far been unsuccessful, with local law enforcement and the FBI searching parts of Florida and other US states, as tips of his possible location pour in.
On September 17, Mr Laundrie’s parents told investigators that they had not seen their son since September 14.
While Mr Laundrie has not been named as a suspect in his girlfriend’s murder, a warrant for his arrest has been issued for allegedly using Petito’s credit card.
Ms Laundrie’s comments come as the relationship between the Petito and Laundrie families continues to sour, with Petito’s parents begging for information about their daughter.
At a press conference earlier this week, Petito’s attorney Richard Stafford condemned Mr Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta for their lack of cooperation.
“The laundries didn’t help us find Gabby. They certainly won’t help us find Brian,’ he said.
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, yesterday urged Mr Laundrie to come forward.
Ms. Schmidt reported Petito missing on Sept. 11, 13 days after she last heard from her daughter.
Petito’s parents and stepparents are united in their call to find the 22-year-old’s killer.
Earlier this week, Ms. Schmidt, along with Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt, father Joe Petito and stepmother Tara Petito, thanked police and people around the world for their support and assistance in locating Petito’s body.
Each family member showed new tattoos, which they said were designed by Petito. The tattoos read “Let it Be” and “Believe”.
Originally published as Gabby Petito’s Boyfriend Brian Laundrie’s Last Moments Revealed Before He Disappeared