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Petito’s body found near where her van was last seen, family says

Petito body found near where her van was last seen

Gabby Petito’s family has released new details about where her body was found last month in Wyoming. At the same time, new questions are emerging about exactly when Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, disappeared. The young couple was on a cross-country road trip when Gabby was found dead.

On Wednesday, Gabby Petito‘s family reached out to Dr. Phil with details about how their daughter’s body was found near the last place her van was spotted in Wyoming.

Her stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said, “Her body was found, I guess, in front of a tent, or if that’s what was there, or just in front of the fire ring. There was definitely a fire ring there. And she would have been right…”

Gabby’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, said, “And it was not far from the van. You said it was only a five-minute walk?”

“It’s definitely not an area that gets a lot of traffic,” Schmidt added.

And her father, Joseph Petito, shared that he’d like Brian Laundrie found alive. “I want to see him in a jail cell for the rest of his life,” he said. “He’s an outdoorsman being in that concrete cell and he can’t go see those trees, and hug those and smell the fresh air like that.

Brian was charged with using a debit card that did not belong to him after Gabby’s death, but he has not been charged in Gabby’s death.

A Ford Mustang is raising new questions about the disappearance of Brian Laundrie. It was towed from her home weeks ago by FBI.

A new police report shows the Mustang was found abandoned near the Carlton Reserve on September 14. That’s the same day the Laundrie family initially claimed they last saw the car after he told them he was on its way to the reserve. The family is now submitting a new timeline for when Brian went missing.

The attorney for Laundrie’s parents now says, “The Laundries based the date Brian disappeared on their recollection of specific events. After further discussion with FBI and confirmation that the Mustang was at the Laundries’ home on Wednesday, September 15, we now believe the day Brian left the reservation was Monday, September 13.”

The attorney added that Brian’s father searched for him the night of Sept. 13 when he did not return home. Brian’s parents continued their search on the 14th and found the note on the abandoned car. They then returned the Mustang to their home on the 15th, the lawyer said.

Brian’s sister, Cassie, spoke to CNN by phone and said she’s spoken to FBI several times after Gabby’s disappearance, but has not spoken to her parents in about two weeks because their attorney has instructed her not to answer questions about Brian and Gabby.

The Laundrie family attorney confirmed to CNN, “I have told my clients, which includes her parents, that they are not to speak to anyone, and yes, that includes Cassie.

Cassie Laundrie is not his client.

She also told us she’s in the dark and she tells ABC News, “No, I do not know where Brian is. I would turn him in.”

And she has no idea what her parents know. “I do not know if my parents are involved. I think if they are, they should come out and reveal themselves.”

The ongoing search for Brian Laundrie led police to the Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida on Wednesday. There is no update on the progress of the search.

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