Gabby Petito's father apologizes to Brian Laundrie's sister Cassie
Gabby Petito's boyfriend, Brian Laundrie returned to his home in Florida on September 1, in her van without her, immediately lawyered up, refused to speak with the authorities about her whereabouts, and released a statement via his attorney that he wished to 'remain in the background' during the course of the investigation. Brian Laundrie's sister, Cassie Laundrie, spoke about Gabby in an interview on Friday, September 17 and said, "Obviously, me and my family want Gabby to be found safe. She’s like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding." Cassie's statement came a day before Brian's lawyer noted that his whereabouts are "currently unknown", and that he was last seen on September 12 morning.
Slamming Cassie's statements, Gabby Petito's father, Joseph Petito earlier said that her remarks "made a lot of sense." "If that’s that family’s version of love, to just ignore and not care that someone’s gone and people are looking for them and the entire country's looking for them, I mean, that explains how we got to where we are today. Because I mean, look at their version of what they call love," he said. Now, during a conversation with Dr Phil on CBS4 on Monday, September 20 afternoon, Gabby's father Joseph Petito apologized to Brian Laundrie's sister Cassie for his earlier outburst.
Joseph Petito said, "I heard Cassie, the sister's interview yesterday, and I reacted emotionally without hearing the entire interview so I would like to personally apologize to Cassie Laundrie," adding, "because I heard through that interview that she hasn't talked to her brother and she wishes she could help and they're not talking to her from what I understand. So I want to apologize to her because I jumped to a conclusion and that is wrong of me." He also went on to request Cassie to "talk to your parents and pressure them into saying something" about Gabby's whereabouts.
Joseph Petito also reacted to the statement issued by Brian Laundrie's family earlier and raised his suspicions over their stance in the same interview. "My child is nowhere to be found, and I am not getting any answers on where to even start." Slamming Brian Laundrie for "sitting behind his mom like he's four years old", Joe further said, "If you love this person and she's your fiance, then you should turn around and lead the charge. I should be the number two you should be the number one."